WILLIAM J. WOOD VETERANS HOUSE
Federal Way, WA
Located south of Seattle, the William J. Wood Veterans House provides 45 affordable homes for veterans and families in Federal Way, Washington. The fully furnished one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are affordable to households earning between 30 and 50 percent of Area Median Income, and all are eligible for rental subsidies through HUD’s VASH (Veteran’s Affairs Supportive Housing) program in collaboration with King County Housing Authority. The community includes gathering spaces, an activity center, and meeting areas for service providers.
Supportive services are provided by the VA via a full-time case manager and the development sponsor, Multi-Service Center, which offers assistance in the transition from homelessness to independent living. Multi-Service Center implements solutions to poverty including not only housing, but also food, clothing, education, employment, and energy assistance.
Originally known as Federal Way Veterans Center, the property’s new name was decided by a committee of veterans and active-duty service members representing every military branch. William J. Wood was an advocate for veterans having served in the Army as a warrant officer during Vietnam. He was a long-time member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and helped create a program that assists incarcerated veterans and helps them obtain VA benefits and counseling services. He was instrumental in passing an initiative that created the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy, which provides a broad array of services for veterans and their families.
To make the property possible, National Equity Fund invested $8.1 million of Housing Credit equity in the William J. Wood Veterans House.