(New photo substituted July 7th)
Eleven months after its groundbreaking last August (WSB coverage here), Avalon Place will officially open on July 13th. The announcement came today from Transitional Resources, the nonprofit organization offering housing and other services to mentally ill people, headquartered on the west side of Avalon Way, south of the Luna Park business district; Avalon Place at 2988 Avalon Way will be its southernmost building. Transitional Resources says this is its first venture into the “Housing First” philosophy; it will offer 16 apartments to homeless people with mental illness “and co-occurring disorders” without requiring them to be stabilized first. (This is the same approach followed by Downtown Emergency Service Center, in the news in West Seattle right now for its plan to build a 75-apartment building in the 5400 block of Delridge Way). Read on for the Transitional Resources announcement:
Transitional Resources proudly announces the grand opening of their new low-income housing project, Avalon Place.
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at Transitional Resources’ Avalon Place Apartments, 2988 SW Avalon Way in West Seattle, on Thursday, July 13, 2011.
A reception with light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. Speakers will include King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. Tours of the new building will be offered after the ceremony until 7:00 p.m.
Avalon Place will provide permanent, affordable housing to some of the most vulnerable men and women in our community – individuals who are chronically homeless and dealing with their mental health issues while living on the streets or in shelters. The new building includes 16 studio apartments overlooking Transitional Resources’ certified organic garden, each fully furnished and equipped for occupancy.
For the first time in the organization’s history, Transitional Resources will be using the “Housing First” model at Avalon Place. “Housing First” is an innovative alternative to the current system of emergency shelters and transitional housing which may prolong the length of time an individual remains homeless. This pioneering concept allows chronically homeless men and women to move directly into permanent affordable housing before receiving mental health treatment and supportive services.
Once at Avalon Place, tenants will be eligible for a wide range of support offered at Transitional Resources including case management and vocational services. This model is designed to empower participants and foster self-sufficiency, helping them rebuild their lives as members of the neighborhood and community.
The Avalon Place low-income housing project is part of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and is funded by the King County Housing and Community Development Program and the City of Seattle Office of Housing. Partnering with Transitional Resources as part of this project are Common Ground, The Keimig Associates, and Abbott Construction.
Transitional Resources has been providing innovative and respective mental health care to residents of King County for 35 years. With a specialization in serving individuals with the most serious and persistent forms of mental illness, Transitional Resources offers a continuum of care that includes case management, crisis intervention, affordable housing, and vocational services.