Affordable housing center receives recognition

Community-based project leaving a lasting impact

Chuck Austin Place in Yakima, Washington, was recently featured in a case study from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research, which highlights the benefits the facility has had for formerly homeless veterans and their families.

Chuck Austin Place is a 41-unit affordable housing development and services center for veterans located on the site of a former Marine Corps Armory. It includes amenities such as laundry rooms, raised garden beds, a veteran memorial wall and other valuable resources for veterans and their families. With the help of a grant funded by Blue Sky Block participants in 2021, a solar array was installed on Chuck Austin Place that supplies more than 63% of its yearly electricity. The solar array helps to reduce the costs of operating the facility, allowing the organization to focus more on serving their community.

Click here to read the case study and learn more about the lasting impact of this project.