Providence’s Supportive Housing ministry has received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Green Retrofit Grant totaling $850,000 to support the rehabilitation of Providence House in Yakima, which this year is celebrating 25 years of serving low-income elderly and adults with disabilities.
This grant, coupled with $180,000 received from the Washington State Office of Industrialization and Commercialization and a Community Development Block Grant from the city of Yakima, will substantially improve the appearance and function of the facility.
Work—which includes window and appliance replacement, new siding, water heaters and heating/cooling units, and enhancements to the interior common areas, community room and laundry space—is scheduled to begin in late summer 2010.
“Our Core Value of stewardship suggests that we are obliged to not only care for our residents, but to also care for our physical plant as well as attend to the environment,” noted Tim Zaricznyj, Director of Housing for Providence Health & Services. “Collectively, these grants allow us to enhance the beauty and function of Providence House for our residents and also reduce the carbon footprint of the physical plant at the same time.”
Programming will also change as Providence House becomes a model for green rehabilitation and sustainability. Enhanced recycling, green products and educational programming about the environment are intended to build consciousness and engage residents in practices and behaviors that contribute to a sustainable world.
Managed by Providence Senior and Community Services, Providence House Yakima is one of 12 supportive housing programs located in Washington, Oregon and California. The Supportive Housing Ministry provides quality, affordable housing and services coordination for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. In 2010 the Supportive Housing Ministry celebrates 25 years of compassionate service.