Project Description: 20 new one-bedroom apartments for formerly and chronically homeless veterans
Client: Catholic Community Services of Western Washington
Funding: Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Snohomish County Human Services, Catholic Community Services Funds, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing
Sebastian Place, completed in August of 2016, consists of the new construction of twenty permanent units of housing for formerly and chronically homeless veterans. As the first apartment complex in Snohomish County set aside to accommodate homeless veterans, it serves a critical need in the community. Design for the development includes two accessible ADA units, a community building with a multi-purpose room and outdoor courtyard, a common laundry and kitchen area, and office space. Additionally the complex provides space for case workers to meet with residents and connect them with on-site services such as chemical dependency treatment, mental health services, counseling, job training and career placement programs. Two case workers are available on a full-time basis to assist residents, and the on-site supportive services focus on providing long-term stability.
The residents of Sebastian place are already fostering a sense of community and mutual support in their new apartment homes. Residents are participating in community-building activities such as Taco night, and making use of the open courtyard to socialize. The project has also drawn support from other organizations and individuals within the Lynnwood community, who have donated food and other items to furnish the Veteran’s new homes, such as small appliances, furniture, dishes, and even hand-made quilts for every resident, which was the result of an effort spearheaded by an employee of Quilting Mayhem in Snohomish County and other quilters in the community.