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Organization working to find space for former substance abusers

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Elijah Family Homes is an organization created to help people recovering from drugs find a place to live.

The organization has seen an increase in people recovering from drug and substance abuse looking for housing.

According to Elijah Family Homes, there are two reasons for the increase. One, higher unemployment and low wages. In addition, a problem many people have had to deal with, lack of housing in the Tri-Cities.

All of this has resulted in people with past substance abuse issues finding it impossible to find other housing.

"Right now, we got six families on our waiting list and they are going to have to wait 'until sometime later this year before new units become available to them," says Richard Nordgren, executive director of the organization.

Nordgren says the organization only helps people with children under 18. Families usually stay in homes for three years. The organization has 10 homes in total throughout the Tri-Cities.

They'll be adding two more homes by the end of the year. However, the organization is a non- profit and needs help raising money for their work. Their 3rd annual BBQ, Jazz dinner and fundraiser will be held June 26th in Kennewick at Saint Joseph's parish in Dillon Hall.