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1000 people already signed up for Farm Worker Housing Project

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First the groundbreaking, and today, the blessing of a multimillion-dollar farm worker housing project in Pasco.

Construction is underway on the Bishop Topel Haven farm worker housing project, which will host 43 families in the Tri-Cities. 1000 people have already signed up hoping to obtain a spot.

"This is the next step in a series of steps," Executive Director of Catholic Charities Rob McCann said. "We really have to tackle the problem of affordable housing here. There are a number of families that need help, so we will do what we can."

 The construction work has been underway for a couple of weeks on Spokane Street to open the 5.8 million dollar housing area. 

"The qualification is that you have to be working in the agricultural industry in some way, so that could be someone in the fields and it could be someone in the food processing plans, but it could also be someone working to fix tractors, anything related to agriculture."

The housing complex is expected to be completed by this time next year. Families will be chosen to live there 6 weeks prior to the opening.