Legislature approves Dufault/Corry homeless Veterans project
The Washington State Legislature passed the state's capital budget today (Sunday), just hours before adjourning the 2019 session. It includes several important projects for the Yakima Valley that were requested by Rep. Jeremie Dufault, R-Selah, in the House and promoted by Senate Capital Budget lead Republican, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.
Most notable is $2.5 million Dufault and Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, secured to convert the former U.S. Marine Corps Armory on 16th Avenue in Yakima into permanent supportive housing for homeless Veterans and their families. In addition, Dufault requested $468,650 to put a Yakima Neighborhood Health Services Veterans' dental clinic in the facility. This was also funded.
“I have seen far too many fellow Veterans struggle with mental health and homelessness. This has been my top priority of the session,” said Dufault. “We must never turn our backs on those who have sacrificed to serve and protect our great nation, our values and our freedom.”
Dufault and Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, also requested:
- $309,000 for expansion of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima;
- $154,500 for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo to build a new livestock display arena for 4-H, FFA and other local exhibitors;
- $62,830 for the Filipino Hall renovation in Wapato; and
- $25,750 for the YV-Tech Welding Program in Sunnyside to purchase a welding simulation system for career and technical education training.
Each project is being funded at the amount requested by the representatives.
“Representative Dufault and I are pleased that we were able to fund important projects up and down the Yakima Valley,” said Chandler. “The money will go toward health care services, resources for our 4-H kids and equipment for our Sunnyside YV-Tech students. Those are all great investments.”
###Washington State House Republican Communications