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Housing boosters hope all will help

Affordable housing for Enumclaw's homeless population will soon be available, and local boosters are hoping the community will lend a hand.

The Enumclaw Housing Task Force worked with the King County Housing Authority to acquire 16 apartment units in Enumclaw. Four of those units have been deemed “transitional housing,” earmarked for homeless families for up to 24 months. While living in the low-cost units, families will have a case manager who will help them with emotional and financial issues, as well as job training.

The goal is to make families self-sufficient by the end of their stay in the transitional units.

There's definitely a need, organizers say.

“We could have filled them last summer,” said Allison Haseman, a member of the local task force. “We have families on a waiting list.”

Haseman said families can find themselves in need due to the loss of a job, illness or death in family. It takes approximately 24 months to get them back on their feet, she added.

Having a nice place to live, Haseman explained, boosts occupants' self-esteem and confidence.

The local task force agreed to furnish the units, and that's where the community can get involved. Haseman said organizers are looking for individuals or groups who can provide a single piece of furniture or, better yet, adopt an entire room.

The task force has already gathered many pieces and several local companies have adopted rooms, Haseman said.

For example, she said, a group could adopt a kitchen provide towels, pots and pans and other items. The appliances are already provided.

The group is needing to fill 10 bedrooms, four living rooms and three kitchens.

For those who would like to adopt a room, Haseman can arrange a viewing. She can be reached at 360-825-1024.

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