A groundbreaking was held Tuesday morning at the Family Support Center of South Sounds new Family Shelter & Affordable Housing Project. The project will create six family shelter units and seven permanent affordable housing units for homeless families with children in the former Smith Building. It is slated to open in the spring.
The Olympia City Council sold the 12,000-square-foot building at 837 Seventh Ave. SE to the Family Support Center for $1 and has given it nearly $663,000 in federal block grant funds.
Family Support Center has also received $492,500 in funding from the Thurston County HOME Consortium and $750,000 from the State Housing Trust Fund, said Anna Schlecht, manager of the city of Olympias Housing Program.
This project offers new homes for families that are within blocks of a grade school, a high school and several parks essentially providing a neighborhood environment for families trying to get back on their feet and work toward independence, Schlecht said.