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Murray Secures Funds to Provide Housing for Clallam County Veterans

Jul 29 2009

Funding will create jobs, help local veterans and their families find homes

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she has secured funding to create a new transitional housing facility for homeless veterans in the Fiscal Year 2010 Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill.

Sarge's Place Veterans Housing Project, Forks: $500,000

This funding will provide for the purchase and remodeling of an existing two story apartment building in Forks, WA and convert it into a transitional and permanent supportive housing project for homeless veterans and their families.

Currently, no transitional or supportive housing units for veterans exist on the West End of Clallam County despite having the highest concentration of homeless veterans in the county.  This project would provide up to 10 construction jobs in this community, and would provide 12 homeless veterans a stable and secure location to live.

“This is an important boost to Clallam County’s efforts to get homeless veterans into stable housing,” said Senator Patty Murray. “With new service members returning home every day and the economy sputtering, we must step up our efforts to provide all veterans with housing and the dignity that comes with it.”

“Sarge’s Place is a transitional and permanent supportive housing project for Veterans in Forks, Washington.  We at Sarge’s believe that service to our country can cause wounds and suffering that last beyond the length of duty.  Our mission at Sarge’s Place is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to all Veterans in need, and to significantly reduce Veteran homelessness on the west end of Clallum and Jefferson Counties,” said Cheri Fleck, President of North Olympia Regional Housing Network.
The key spending bill passed through the THUD Appropriations Subcommittee today, and will now move to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.