We are thrilled to be partnering with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host a donation drive for Unity Commons! The drop off days are December 4 and 11 from 9am-12pm. Please see flyer above or check out our Facebook event page for drop-off locations and more information. As well, please check out our Dreamlist page that has all of our donation needs listed.
Unity Commons is nearing completion, which is beyond exciting! We are prioritizing the items needed for the community kitchen and the shelter move-in kits during this donation drive. Shelter guests will be moving in mid-December so it would be wonderful if all the shelter items were ready and waiting. Thank you so much for supporting this new and exciting project in our community!
It's that time of year again, Giving Tuesday is happening tomorrow, November 30th! Save the date! Giving Tuesday is a world-wide movement and is often referred to as the official start of the giving season.
Giving Tuesday is a chance for all of us to come together, give generously, and strengthen our communities by giving to the causes we love! You can learn more about Unity Commons and support Interfaith's work in the community on our Washington Gives page.
We are super grateful for everyone who has supported us and continues to do so, thank you!! Big shout out to all of our supporters who gave during our recent Give Local 2021 campaign. We smashed our goal of $15,000! We are overwhelmed by your continued generosity, thank you.
Are you looking for another way to contribute on Giving Tuesday?? Check out the Unity Commons Donation Drive! Interfaith Works is partnering with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host two community drop off days, December 4 & 11, for items that are needed for Unity Commons. Check out the link above for more information or visit our Facebook event page!
Our fundraising goal for Giving Tuesday is $5,000. Every dollar you give on Giving Tuesday will help us reach our goal to raise $2 M to Raise the House for our most vulnerable neighbors. Thank you for all of your love and support. We could not do this work without you.
Give Local 2021 is happening right now! Give Local is a regional celebration of generosity hosted by the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. Since its inception in 2017, Give Local has helped raise over $1.3 million for 80+ different nonprofits across Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties.
Give Local is a chance for all of us to come together, give generously, and strengthen our communities by giving to the causes we love! You can learn more about Unity Commons and support Interfaith's work in the community at spsgives.org!
Why give during Give Local 2021?? We are super grateful for everyone who has supported us and continues to do so, thank you! But what makes Give Local special??
Give now until November 19 and help us make Unity Commons a home! Thank you for all of your support and generosity <3
Interfaith Works is seeking artists for two separate art installations for Unity Commons, previously referred to as 2828 Martin Way, which is projected to be completed in December 2021. We are so excited for this building to be a home for some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
Unity Commons, is a 5-story, new construction, affordable rental building that includes 65 permanent supportive housing units for people leaving homelessness above a 60-bed enhanced shelter on the ground floor. Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is the owner-operator and will contract with Interfaith Works (IW) to provide support services throughout the building.
Interfaith Works seeks artists to recognize and honor all our generous donors in a way that is unique and reminiscent of Interfaith Works as an organization. The installation needs to honor all our donors whether the amount given is $5 or $50,000.
Many organizations, sectors, and individuals have come together to make this monumental effort come to life, and we understand more now than ever how important cohesion and unity are to our collective well- being. Please click the image above for more information and instructions on how to apply.
At Interfaith Works we love hard and we grieve hard. This is the painful reality of the work we do, supporting those at the highest risk of death within a segment of our population that experiences death rates at about 20 years earlier than the general population. This means that about every six months on average, one of our shelter guests passes away.
Interfaith Works seeks artists to commemorate and honor shelter guests who have passed on. This guest memorial installation needs to be unique and thoughtful in honoring past guests as well as creating a way to continue to honor those who pass on in the future. Please click the image above for more information and instructions on how to apply.
Deadline for applications for both art installations is November 5, 2021. Please feel free to share this post and spread the word!
A big thank-you to our supporters for your continued commitment and generosity! We are now 25% percent closer to our goal of raising the last $2 million!
We cannot continue this work without your support, so we thank you for continuing to partner with us and lending a hand to "Raise the House"! This building means a lot to our community and we cannot wait to turn Interfaith Works Shelter into a home where quality care is never compromised. The continued support of our community means so much to us. Now we only have $1.5 million to go! We got this!
Exterior paint looking great! Here's some progress on the construction at 2828 Martin Way! We are about 20% to our goal and just about to break $400,000! CAN YOU HELP GET US OVER THE LINE? We just have $4,722 to go to get over $400,000!
This building is a very big deal for our community and we are so, so grateful for everyone who has supported for all these years. We cannot continue this work without your support, so we thank you for continuing to partner with us and lending a hand to "Raise the House"!
Huge shout out to the Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing Puget Sound for granting 2828 Martin Way $38,203!! Thank you! This grant money will go towards 65 lockers for the shelter guests, 4 stacked washers and dryers for shelter residents, 6 computers for shelter guests to connect to services, 2 refrigerators for the common kitchen space, and 1 bed bug heat technology system for zapping bugs in our bed bug heat room. We are so grateful!
We cannot continue this work without your support, so we thank you for continuing to partner with us and lending a hand to "Raise the House"! We are so close to that end goal of nearly $20 million with less than $2 million to go. Please join us in this final stretch!
Martin Way Housing and Shelter first broke ground in November of 2020 and is making remarkable progress. We are just over 50% of the way done and are well on track for completion in December of 2021.
This 5-story new construction, affordable rental building includes 65 permanent supportive housing units for people leaving homelessness. Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is the owner-operator and will contract with Interfaith Works (IW) to provide support services throughout the building.
This is the first development of this type and to this scale that we have seen in Thurston County. Every shelter design element and apartment design element has been thoughtfully developed through first-hand experience and centering the people who will call this place home.
We are so close to getting to our final fundraising goal! Please partner with us for the final stretch towards $18.1 million, less than $2 million to go. Join us as we “Raise the House” together to support our most vulnerable neighbors and friends.
The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) in partnership with Interfaith Works have started construction on Martin Way Housing & Shelter, located at 161 Pattison St. NE, Olympia. This 5-story, new construction affordable rental building includes 65 permanent supportive housing units for homeless people operated by Low Income Housing Institute and a 60-bed 24/7 enhanced shelter on the ground floor operated by Interfaith Works (IW). Construction broke ground on November 23, 2020 and will be completed December 2021. LIHI is the owner/developer, the architect is Encore Architects and the contractor is Walsh Construction Co.
The apartment building will include 53 studio and 12 one-bedroom units, including one unit for an on-site manager. The affordability is targeted to households at or below 30% and 50% ($30,350 annual income and below for an individual) of the area median income. Units are set-aside for homeless seniors, veterans and people living with disabilities. The Interfaith Works shelter will serve 60 homeless individuals including singles and couples.
“Thank you to Olympia Mayor Cheryl Shelby and the City Council for selling city-owned property at a deep discount to LIHI so that we can start construction on critically needed low-Income housing and shelter for homeless individuals and couples. The 2020 Point in Time Count documents 995 individuals experiencing homelessness in Thurston County, which is a 24% increase over 2019. People should not have to live in cars, tents or be left to survive on the street. With winter and the pandemic here, it is truly heartbreaking to see so many people living unsheltered. With completion of construction next winter, over 140 vulnerable people will have a warm, safe place to live and thrive,” said Sharon Lee, LIHI Executive Director.
Mayor Cheryl Selby said, “We are excited to bring forward the first project built with Home Fund Levy dollars that will add 24-hour shelter capacity for our most vulnerable neighbors and add 64 new units of housing for homeless adults. Along with Home Fund dollars, this project would not be able to happen without funding partnerships including Thurston County, the state Housing Trust Fund, and the state Housing Finance Commission through federal tax credits. These partnerships are helping the City of Olympia take a huge step in providing shelter to those in our community who need it most.”
Meg Martin, Executive Director of Interfaith Works, said, “Our relationships with the faith and spiritual communities who have shouldered the work of addressing homelessness in our County for three decades remain strong and active — especially with our beloved home at First Christian Church. However, our stay at First Christian Church was never meant to be permanent. We are ecstatic to partner with LIHI to design a safe, clean, beautiful, and accessible facility that will fully realize the dignity and respect our current and future shelter guests deserve. This development represents a pivotal moment in the progression of the Thurston County Homeless Response Plan and we are incredibly grateful to the community for making it possible.”
LIHI will be the owner/operator of the building and lease the ground floor to IW to operate the enhanced shelter. Both agencies will work closely together through the construction, lease up, and ongoing operations of the facility. IW will be providing case management and support services.
Total development cost is $20.7 million. Funding sources for the housing includes the City of Olympia Home Fund, Thurston County, State Housing Trust Fund, Washington State Housing Trust Fund, Raymond James (tax credit investor), and JPMorgan Chase (construction financing). Funding for the IW shelter includes State Department of Commerce and City of Olympia Home Fund.
Interfaith Works, founded in Thurston County in 1974, has been providing shelter in church and spiritual community basements, social halls, and sanctuaries for nearly 30 years. IW is a key provider in the Thurston County Homeless Response System. For decades, IW has advocated for meeting both the immediate emergency needs for survival for those living unsheltered, as well as creating more permanent supportive housing for people living with complex challenges related to their physical and mental health. Those who have historically been screened out of the homeless response system tend to have higher interactions with emergency services and it costs significantly more to leave them out than it does to create permanent housing and support services tailored to their unique needs. The partnership between LIHI and IW aims to do just this — take a both/and approach to addressing the continued state of emergency of homelessness and affordable housing in Thurston County. IW helped to organize the passing of the City of Olympia’s Home Fund sales tax initiative in 2018. For more info: Interfaith-works.org
The nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute was founded in 1991 and has over 65 properties under ownership and management. In addition, LIHI operates 12 tiny house villages in Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle as a crisis response to homelessness. For more info: http://www.LIHI.org
Architect – Encore Architects, PLLC
General Contractor – Walsh Construction Co./Washington
Electric – Kirby Electric
HVAC – Emerald Aire
Plumbing – Herdman Plumbing
Civil Engineer – Hatton Godat Pantier
Structural Engineer – YT Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer – Geotechnical Consultants
Landscape Architect – Weisman Design Group
Waterproofing Consultant – JRS
Acoustic Consultant – A3 Acoustics, LLP
Accessibility – Studio Pacifica
Fire Protection – Patriot Fire Protection
Survey – Hatton Godat Pantier, Inc.
Can you help us create a meaningful sense of belonging and community inclusion?
The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Interfaith Works (IW) are partnering on an unprecedented development of a 60 bed shelter, and 65 units of permanent supportive housing at 2828 Martin Way to be completed at the end of 2021. This building is being created to support neighbors in our community who are extremely low income, experiencing chronic homelessness, and who are living with complex challenges related to their physical and mental health. Both LIHI and Interfaith Works are committed to combating homelessness in our community, and we understand the crucial role that social inclusion and a sense of belonging plays in lifting the human spirit and providing an environment built for recovery and healing. Many organizations, sectors, and individuals have come together to make this monumental effort come to life, and we understand more now than ever how important cohesion and unity are to our collective well being. The project team has been working with the City of Olympia through the permitting and design process and the team seeks artists to activate the east facade of the building at street level in 3 distinct areas. Please share far and wide to help us find the perfect artist for this unique, and meaningful opportunity. Applications due October 30th, 2020! Please click the photo above to learn more!