One of the key interventions in our work is providing access to affordable, safe housing. We own aproximately four acres of land in the Northwest area of Spokane. Thanks to investments from our four sponsoring communities of Catholic Sisters, the Dominican Outreach Fund, the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and members of the Spokane community, Transitions broke ground in August 2017 to build 24 cottages on two of these acres. This will increase our capacity to end homelessness and enhance our continuum of services.
The Home Yard Cottages are a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) project developed by Transitions. The Home Yard Cottage residents receive supportive services to help them maintain stability and meet goals. PSH is the term that Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses to describe housing provided to persons who have a disability, are low-income and have been homeless.
The Home Yard Cottages include 24 individual homes on two acres. The cottages range from 475 sq ft for a single person to 1000 sq ft for a family of 6. Fifteen of the cottages are net-zero, complete with solar panels. They are built on property once used as the Spokane Children’s Home orphanage and the land was called “the home yard.” Thus, the Home Yard Cottages.
Rental information is available through the Spokane Housing Authority at www.spokanehousing.org.
Photo: Home Yard Cottages September 2018.
How can I learn more?
A video introduction to the project
Some Research about the availability of affordable housing in Spokane County
A Frequently Asked Questions sheet
View photos from the Ground Breaking Event on 8/8/17 here.
Site view created by Heylman Martin Architects.
In Spokane County, for every 100 very low-income families looking for a place to live there are only 12 units available. Transitions is changing that statistic.