Beacon joined Yakima Housing Authority as participants in Enterprise’s annual AHDLI. The AHDLI is a 3-day in-person training program for the country’s leading affordable housing designers and developers seeking to find creative solutions to design challenges in affordable housing projects. It was a great opportunity to participate in interactive design charrettes to share knowledge and expertise with innovators in our industry. This year, eight developers presented projects from across the country and received design feedback from peers and the panel of design experts gathered in Seattle.
The YHA and Beacon presented YHA’s Veteran Supportive Housing and Service Center project. The project is the redevelopment of 4.64-acre former United States Marine Corp armory property in Yakima. The project includes rehabilitation of the armory as well as new construction housing to create 41 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans and their families. In addition, the project will include a service center that will be open to homeless veterans in the community. This will include a primary care and dental clinic for homeless veterans. Office space will be created for veteran service providers, including VASH case managers who will provide services for residents onsite.
Our YHA team received insightful feedback on our project design, which we are now integrating into our plans. The knowledge shared at the 3-day workshop has provided us with new ideas and resources, not only for the YHA project, but for our design process on other projects going forward. We are grateful to our team members at YHA, to the other designers and presenters, and to Enterprise for this valuable opportunity.