Thanks to a lot of hard work and perseverance, the Yakama Nation Housing Authority’s sixth Low Income Housing Tax Credit project will move forward after it received approval yesterday from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC).
Having been involved with the project for the last two years, I was thrilled to join YNHA at the meeting to help present it to the WSHFC commissioners and watch it receive approval.
While YNHA is a seasoned developer and has built or rehabilitated a total of 172 homes through five other LIHTC projects, YNHA Tax Credit 6 will be its biggest project yet — 88 homes will be rehabilitated! It will also hold Travois’ record for most units in a project!
Of the 88 units, 32 of the homes are single-family and another 56 units are bundled in duplexes. All homes are located in the Apas Goudy subdivision on the Yakama Nation Reservation in Wapato, WA, and were originally constructed between 1967 and 1972. This LIHTC project will substantially rehabilitate the homes to update finishes, fixtures and building systems to current building standards and improve energy efficiency.
“The Yakama Nation Housing Authority is pleased to be awarded tax credits to do major renovations to our Apas Goudy rental housing park in Wapato, WA, which was our first development project 45 years ago,” said Elena L. Bassett, chairperson for YNHA. “The work will involve not only renovations but also weatherization, energy efficiency, utility upgrades and employment for our tribal members. The tenants will be able to enjoy the use of a new community center on site for their children, plan family gatherings, and have after-school activities. The goal of YNHA to provide decent, affordable and standard housing for the tenants will continue to be realized in the renovation of these 88 units.”
Once renovations are completed, the homes will be rented to families with some set aside to serve large-family households and others for people with disabilities. YNHA and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation will provide important services to the tenants, including adult education and wellness classes and after-school programs for children.
The new community center (rendering pictured) will be built at the site of an existing community building, which is being demolished. The community center will include meeting spaces and a community kitchen.
Congratulations to the project team and the Yakama Nation! We’re proud to have been involved!