Good thing most of Wednesday’s big events were scheduled for evening – that’s when the sun shone the brightest, which was good news for the ribbon-cutting at Avalon Place, the new apartment building for Transitional Resources. They are headquartered in the 2900 block of SW Avalon Way, south of the Luna Park business district, and that’s where they have long provided housing, help, and hope for people dealing with mental illness; Avalon Place also reaches out to chronically homeless people, who are the targeted clients for the new building. Read on for more photos from, and information about, Wednesday night’s event:
Avalon Place was built on the site where a small house was torn down after a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony eleven months ago (WSB coverage here). Two of the dignitaries who joined in that ceremony, King County Councilmember Dow Constantine and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, were also on hand Wednesday night:
With them in that photo are Transitional Resources CEO Darcell Slovek-Walker at left and King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson at right. The evening’s events also included indoor tours of Avalon Place, which will be home to 16 previously homeless people with mental illness and “co-occurring disorders,” each living in a fully furnished studio apartment:
The residents will be placed with the use of the “Housing First” philosophy, which Transitional Resources says it’s trying for the first time – get someone into housing, then work to get them services to deal with mental illness, addiction, or other challenges:
The apartments overlook Transitional Resources’ famous organic garden (which was a stop on last week’s Seattle Tilth citywide tour):
The organization’s other buildings are to the north, also on the west side of SW Avalon Way. Online information indicates that Transitional Resources operates with a $2 million annual budget, three-fourths of which comes from government funding.