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100 Doors of Opportunity
Project Name: 100 Doors of Opportunity - Affordable Family Housing
Project Address: 12605 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444
Executive Summary: Opportunity Only Knocks If You Have A Door
American Military Families - Action Network (USAVET.org), a non-profit with extensive experience working with and designing services specifically tailored to Veterans and their families, is pursuing a 9% LIHTC allocation to finance 12605 Pacific Ave S, a new construction of 100 affordable family housing units in Tacoma, Washington. The property contributes to USAVET.org's mission of Housing First while advancing the readiness of American Veterans, Soldiers, Sailors, and their families. We are committed to developing properties to bridge the gap in affordable housing for veterans, active-duty service members, and their families.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Pierce County, USAVET.org provides an extensive range of treatment programs for Veterans, Active-Duty service members, and their families. The program enjoys a substantial rate of success with assisting Veteran's transitioning back into society after service. USAVET.org has been engaged in the Pierce Country Veterans community, standing solidly together with over 40 other veteran service organizations, all with the attributes of Service above Self while supporting those veterans, active-duty members, and their families in the county.
Veterans often face daunting challenges as they move back into the community. These challenges include finding safe and stable housing and maintaining a healthy and chemical-free lifestyle while trying to make ends meet financially. The project is being developed in response to the above client's concerns and the barriers they face in securing safe and stable housing. USAVET.org and its Housing First Advisory Board are committed to redeveloping the property into new, affordable multi-family apartments for veteran/service members, as well as families, located in the Pacific Northwest community.
Providing housing for an array of income levels is an important key to the social and economic fabric of the community the development will serve. With veterans/family services at the heart of its non-profit mission, USAVET.org will provide an on-site case manager for residents. The cost of these ongoing services will be covered through a combination of federal supportive services grants, financial reserves, funding from the annual operations budget, and other community-based grants.
USAVET.org considers the unique challenges that Veterans/Families face when trying to find safe affordable housing. USAVET.org is affirmatively committed to fair housing practices with this project.
The 1.28-acre commercially zoned parcel is located on a key transportation corridor within a county-approved opportunity development zone. 12605 Pacific Ave S is zoned Town Center, the zoning and opportunity of the property will offer 100 new rental apartments in a three to 5 story elevator-served handicapped accessible building containing one and two-bedroom units. The proposed concept includes 40 one-bedroom and 60 two-bedroom units. 10 Office Space will also be available to offer a unique set of amenities to veterans and their families. These amenities will be made available to tenants in a separate social services building to be constructed on-site. The 10 commercial office spaces will include property management services as well as social services offices to include City/State County or Federal Administrative Services offices that will be able to provide services directly to tenants in addition to others from within the local community. 100% of units will be available to tenants at or below 70% AMI, with multiple units specifically designated to for veterans and their families using HUD/VASH Vouchers.
12605 Pacific Ave will be constructed over a period of 18- 24 months. The development will be designed and built to meet a minimum Gold level LEED certification, including energy efficiency measures related to current environmental standards.
The project is located in Pierce County, Washington State, which promotes electric vehicle usage and access to transit options. There will be 75 parking spaces, which puts the parking ratio at .75 spaces per unit. 5 electric vehicle charging stations will also be available on-site. The parking ratio is within the range of similar projects in the area and is suitable for the residents who would occupy this type of building. Adjustments to minimum parking requirements in Pierce County include alternative options to adjust minimum requirements based on location to transit, bike route, or city trails. The nearest bus stop is 300 feet from the site, with routes to downtown Tacoma, as well as, Seattle, including the University of Washington, Tacoma campus, which both provide connections to travel to the Seattle metro area, including routes traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest region of the country.
USAVET.org has extensive history, knowledge, and expertise in providing case management supports to Veterans, Active Duty, and their family members. USAVET.org will provide on-site case management support that will be available upon request to each tenant.
Veterans and their Families will enjoy many first-class amenities, including air-conditioning, high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, centralized storage units, limited access entries with on-site security. Interior community amenities will be centralized on the first floor of a separate building that will include a large community room with an entertainment kitchen and pantry. On-site property management will be provided, with maintenance support. Additional community amenity spaces will include a bike storage/fix-it room, outdoor patio/picnic area, fitness room, laundry facility, and food pantry.
American Military Families Action Network is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. Our focus is threefold: