- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Homeless residents in Spokane struggling with mental illness, substance abuse and other challenges can now find shelter at two recently opened apartment buildings.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/2amcGey) that Catholic Charities of Spokane and Volunteers of America celebrated the opening of their two permanent housing projects Thursday.

The buildings provide 100 one-bedroom and studio units to house the chronically homeless.

The idea behind the project is to serve homeless residents with a “housing first” approach. The apartments are leased without requiring residents to be sober or have mental illness symptoms under control in order to secure housing. They operate on the belief that it’s easier to get sober or a job when you have a place to live.

The $10 million project was funded by state, city, county and private money.



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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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