Mercy Housing Northwest Affordable Housing Development
Mercy Housing Northwest has developed and currently owns 50 properties in Washington and Idaho. In Washington, our properties range from Bellingham to Olympia along the Puget Sound, as well as in central and eastern Washington towns including Yakima, Chelan, and Cheney. Our development expertise covers the full spectrum of housing solutions.
Our experienced development staff regularly seeks new opportunities in multifamily development. We are doing a joint development with Urban Impact, a Seattle-based nonprofit, and also provide contracted development services to the Yakama Nation Housing Authority. We would consider other development partnerships.
CURRENT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Columbia City Station Apartments | Seattle | Opening Summer 2012
52 new transit-oriented housing units, two blocks from Columbia City Light Rail Station
- Location: 4484 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South at South Oregon Street, Seattle, WA
- Unit size: 1 - 2 bedrooms
- Income mix: 50%-60% AMI
This new development is located in the award-winning Rainier Vista HOPE VI revitalization. The Rainier Vista community is rich with social and recreational amenities, which will be fully available to the residents of Columbia City Station Apartments. These include green spaces, sports fields, an urban farm, computer centers, and a community center. A brand-new regional Boys & Girls Club with youth sports, recreation, and childcare is located across the street, as is Neighborhood House, which provides career counseling, ESL, computer classes, and Head Start. The building itself includes a community room. Located only two blocks from the Light Rail station, the development is also walking distance to Columbia City's library, farmer's market, and cafés. LEARN MORE...
Impact Family Village | Seattle | Opening Late 2013
Mixed-use development with 60 affordable housing units and a health and fitness center in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood
- Location: 7700 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA
- Unit size: 1 - 3 bedrooms
- Income mix: 30% - 60% AMI; 12 units set aside for disabled residents and 12 set aside for large families
Mercy Housing Northwest is collaborating with Urban Impact to develop the four-story, mixed-use Impact Family Village project. Many of the residential units are designed to accommodate families with children, and the large common room at the main residential entry opens into outdoor areas designed specifically for outdoor play. The three-bedroom apartments feature in-unit laundry machines, while the rest of the building will be served by two common laundry areas. Mercy Housing and Urban Impact will dedicate staff to support youth tutoring, health education, adult literacy, employment assistance, and other programming for residents. On the ground floor, the new Rainier Health and Fitness facility will allow the existing 1,200-member service to grow, providing affordable fitness programs for neighbors and residents. LEARN MORE...
Allegre Villa, Cambridge, and Sandstone Rural Preservation | Thurston and Lewis Counties | Renovations complete 2012-2014
Scattered-site rehabilitation of 92 units of rural senior housing, spread over four buildings in three towns.
- Location: Allegre Villa - 207 E. Walnut St., Winlock, WA | Cambridge - 1429 Johnson Rd., Centralia, WA | Sandstone - 118 McArthur St. N and 298 Ritter St. S, Winlock, WA
- Unit Size: 1 - 2 bedroomsUnit Size:
- Income Mix: 30% - 60% AMI seniors; 82% of units are subsized, restricting rent to 30% of income. 18 units set aside for persons with disabilities.
This project represents three of the 30 properties in our Washington State rural housing portfolio. Built in the 1970s and 1980s, the portfolio was acquired by MHNW from a for-profit owner in 2004. With the goal of portfolio preservation, MHNW is now undertaking the first phase of a multi-stage plan to modernize the entire rural portfolio. Rehabilitation will be directed at upgrading building systems, enhancing energy efficiency, and improving unit interiors and accessibility.
The three properties provide a stable rural setting for seniors and disabled individuals, and all are well located within their respective rural communities. The occupancy has been over 98% for several years with little turnover. All three properties feature balconies, decks, landscaped settings, on-site laundry rooms, and community spaces.
Adams View Family Housing | Yakama Reservation | Opening January 2013
Mercy Housing Northwest provides development management services to the Yakama Nation Housing Authority for the 68-unit Adams View Family Housing Project.
- Location: Tribal Tract 124-T-5010, Wapato, WA
- Unit size: three- and four-bedroom single family homes
- Income mix: 30% - 60% AMI; rent subsidized and limited to 30% of income
The Yakama Nation Housing Authority is developing 68 affordable rental units, including three- and four-bedroom houses designed for large, extended Yakama families. Mercy Housing Northwest is providing development management and financing consulting services to the Housing Authority. The homes will incorporate highly durable sustainable materials, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, and gathering spaces, all intended to address a long history of low-quality, inadequate housing on the Yakama Reservation. The Adams View project will also incorporate extensive green space for recreation as well as wastewater treatment and water storage upgrades. Financing includes a 9% LIHTC allocation, in addition to the largest HUD Department of Native America Programs Title VI loan in the nation. LEARN MORE...
Featured Past Projects
Evergreen Vista I | Olympia | Renovation complete January 2012
Green Renovation of 104 Family Housing Units
- Location: 1209 Fern St. SW, Olympia, WA
- Unit Size: 2 - 3 bedrooms
- Income mix: 30% and 60% AMI
In 2011, Mercy Housing Northwest resyndicated this early LIHTC family development, recommitting the project to long-term affordability. With a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, the comprehensive renovation plan incorporated exterior envelope upgrades such as roofing, siding, gutters, downspouts, and drainage. Interior work integrated improvements such as new kitchens including formaldehyde-free cabinetry, low-toxin paint and carpet, whole-house fans and venting, and high-efficiency heaters and water-saving plumbing fixtures. Mercy Housing Northwest Resident Services also offers ESL classes, summer lunch program, after school homework club, and community food bank services at our 4,000 sf community building. Together with Evergreen Vista II Apartments, the Evergreen Vista properties offer a continuum of high quality, affordable, environmentally sustainable housing options to South Sound residents in close proximity to public transportation, services, and employment centers. LEARN MORE...
New Tacoma Apartments Phase I | Tacoma | Completed 2011
75 units of senior housing in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood
- Location: 1709 South G Street, Tacoma, WA
- Unit Size: one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom manager's unit
- Income Mix: 50% - 60% AMI seniors; majority of rents subsidized and limited to 30% of income
This four-story structure provides landscaped areas for outdoor activities, as well as a bio-swale for stormwater runoff. The large multi-purpose community room, which includes a residential-style kitchen, is used for a range of resident services that help seniors to "age in place". A large interior deck with plantings and some raised gardening beds for residents is located above the garage at the first floor level. The building also features a computer lab, exercise room, TV and movie room, library, arts and crafts room, and shared laundry rooms. Across the street is a community garden; a City-operated senior center is also within a tenth of a mile from the site. LEARN MORE...
Appian Way Apartments | Kent | Rehabilitation Completed 2010
Rehabilitation of 150 family-oriented units, and a new community center for on-site case management and resident services
- Location: 25818 26th Place South, Kent, WA
- Unit Size: 1 - 3 bedrooms; majority of units are two-bedroom
- Income Mix: 30% - 50% AMI
Appian Way, built in 1979, was acquired by Mercy Housing Northwest in 1996. The project's spacious apartments are ideal for families with children, and the 2- and 3-bedrooom units at Appian each have two bathrooms and washer/dryer hookups. Appian Way serves nearly 250 adults and 250 children, who speak a total of seven different languages as their primary language. Many households also include individuals with physical disabilities or frailties. The rehabilitation included the replacement of exterior drainage systems, stairwells, siding, gutters, roofs, cabinets, fixtures, and all windows and decks. The playgrounds were renewed and a new community center built as part of the renovation. Appian Way's new community center now includes a large community meeting room, a computer lab, a counseling room, and offices for Case Managers and Resident Service coordinators. In addition to supportive services for formerly homeless families at Appian Way, Mercy Housing Northwest provides a Resident Services Program for the entire community, assisting in areas such as financial literacy, parenting skills development, health and dental services, computer skills development, ESL classes, and emergency food, clothing, and furniture distributions. Activities for children include after-school homework groups, organized teen activities, movie nights, art programs, and summer lunch programs. LEARN MORE...
Wanity Park Apartments | Yakama Reservation | Completed 2010 - 2011
Mercy Housing Northwest provided development services for the Yakama Nation Housing Authority (YNHA) in the rehabilitation of 54 elderly housing units on the Yakama Reservation
- Location: 101 Wanity Park Drive, Toppenish, WA
- Unit size: 1-2 bedrooms; majority one-bedroom
- Income mix: 30-60% AMI seniors; rent subsidized and limited to 25% of income
Mercy Housing Northwest has participated in two phases of rehabilitation at Wanity Park Apartments, originally built in 1976 and 1980. Gutted and rebuilt to Evergreen standards, the renovated buildings feature new resource-efficient appliances, granite countertops, new insulation, Hardi-Plank siding, and whole-house ventilation. Site work included improved lighting and major landscaping and sidewalk improvements. Lumber for the rehabilitation project was sourced by Yakama Forest Products, with some construction labor provided by the Yakama Nation Housing Authority. The development's new community center includes a commercial kitchen that hosts the Area Agency on Aging, which serves and delivers 80 hot lunches daily to the residential community and to neighboring seniors.