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Neighborhood Health acquires grant to help fund homeless housing complex

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YAKIMA, WA - Neighborhood Health Services is hoping to soon have more housing for the homeless in Yakima, and to help them do that, they've acquired a multi-million dollar grant.

The proposal to build a 22-unit housing complex was submitted to the City back in September, but as of last month, Neighborhood Health Services was awarded a grant by the State Housing Trust Fund worth $2.3 million, which would help pay for the $4.4 million project.

The complex would be built in the former Roy's Market building off of 6th Street and would call for a complete renovation of the lot.

"We have some specific designs we are trying to incorporate, so that it won't look like what some people are going to say it looks like," said Leah Ward, spokesperson for Neighborhood Health Services. "It will be a true community resource center."

Neighborhood Health adds that they have been working closely with the City to come up with a mutually-agreeable plan. If the City approves the plan, Neighborhood Health says that they would be able to start on the project in late summer.

Neighborhood Health hopes to win approval for the creation of the multi-unit housing complex over the next few months as well as lock down some final funding.