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Sunnyside, Granger land state monies for housing projects

The Washington State Department of Commerce has awarded $65 million for affordable housing projects around the state, including $1.5 million for a project in Sunnyside and $2.3 million for a project in Granger.

The funding is being provided through the Washington State Housing Trust Fund. The fund provides financing for affordable housing through a competitive application process.

Sunnyside Housing Authority submitted an application for $2.4 million for the Sunnyside Family Housing project. The project is described as 40 units of new construction designed for low income workforce families with children and farm workers.

The project was awarded $1.5 million. Dan Riebli of the Housing Trust Fund said the location is listed as 1500 Federal Way on the Sunnyside application.

The Granger project is also for new construction. The proposal submitted by Catholic Charities Housing Services would provide 61 units for farm workers and general low income housing. The project was funded fully to the requested $2.3 million.

The location of the project is the northwest corner of North First Street and East E Street in Granger.

The $65 million awarded will fund 49 affordable housing projects in 23 counties across the state. The projects serve a variety of vulnerable populations, including seniors, homeless families and individuals, and people with physical or developmental disabilities.

All units must remain affordable to the target population for 40 years.

The Department of Commerce estimates the development of these projects will generate approximately 2,866 jobs, including 1,800 in the construction industry.

Funds for these awards were made available through a supplemental capital appropriation that was part of the 2012 Jobs Now Act, passed by the legislature.

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