Renton-based non-profit Vision House is breaking ground at its Shoreline location adding 10 more units to the 12 units already established. Vision House provides housing and tailored services to homeless families with children at their facilities in Shoreline and Renton.
This phase of the Vision House Shoreline complex will be built in partnership with HomeAid Puget Sound with Polygon Northwest Homes as “Builder Captain” due to their influence and respect from members of the building community. Polygon will take the lead on the completion of the second housing complex and will be in attendance at the groundbreaking on Friday, April 27. Local government officials will also be attending.
The demand for housing help is high – Vision House receives upwards of 2500 calls and emails a year from families searching for a way out of the homelessness cycle, and a way to remove their barriers to permanent housing.
Another addition to the Shoreline facility will be a new childcare center, serving local and resident families. It will have capacity for 56 infant to pre-k children. The Shoreline location currently has a before-and-after school program which serves 18 school-age children.
Several years ago, multiple Shoreline area business leaders and clergy members came together around the apparent need for affordable housing when they found several families “camping” in their cars in the church parking lots and found very little resources to help meet their needs. This was the motivation for building the original Shoreline apartments and that need resulted in one of the largest volunteer builds in King County to date.
Vision House Executive Director, Melissa Gehrig, said, “Many of the families who are reaching out to us for help right now are sleeping in their cars. They are worrying about their children’s safety, their health and where their next meal will come from. This community provides the love, prayers and support that mean the difference between a life of survival and a life transformed, because the cycle of homelessness has finally been broken.”
Vision House has served and provided transitional housing and tailored support services to more than 1,200 homeless children, women and men since 1990. Each receives the support they need for achieving independence and self-sufficiency. Headquartered in Renton, the agency currently owns and operates 34 units of housing debt-free and two child care facilities in Shoreline and Renton.