Stimulus dollars fund upgrades at Issaquah public housing complex

August 11, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 11, 2010

The county public housing agency has put stimulus dollars to work to make units at a downtown Issaquah apartment complex accessible to the disabled.

King County Housing Authority leaders plan to modify three units at Eastridge House in Issaquah and 56 other public housing units countywide. The agency announced the $3.85 million project Wednesday.

The money comes as part of $4 billion in stimulus money steered to housing authorities nationwide to preserve and enhance public housing.

Crews plan to modify bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas to enable people with mobility impairments or other physical disabilities to live independently. The plan also calls for appliances, interior doors and flooring to be replaced.

“This initiative promotes quality of life, independence and choice for people with disabilities,” housing authority Executive Director Stephen Norman said in a news release. “Not only will this project create homes that are fully accessible in a variety of locations, it will also provide good paying construction jobs for the community.”

The agency administers affordable rental and homeownership programs for more than 17,000 households in the Puget Sound region. The upgrades should employ about 40 workers.

“We aspire to build a community where elders and adults with disabilities can live independently through their life span,” Aging and Disabilities Services Division Director Pam Piering said in the release. “This project expands access to affordable housing for these individuals, regardless of impairment.”

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