Grant to help provide housing for at-risk youths

By the Herald staffFebruary 4, 2014 

A Kennewick church plans to use $300,000 in Benton County grant money to help provide transitional and emergency housing for at-risk young adults ages 18 to 24.

The project, proposed by River of Life Metropolitan Community Church, was one of nine selected by a steering committee to receive grants.

County commissioners on Tuesday reviewed the steering committee's recommendations and raised no objections. Contracts with the individual groups will come back for approval at future meetings.

The grant money comes from a document recording surcharge approved by the state Legislature in 2002. Counties use part of the surcharge money for low-income housing projects.

River of Life church wants to provide transitional housing for up to nine people and emergency housing for up to 10 people. The county grant money will help with building rehabilitation.

Other groups with projects that made the list range from Catholic Charities Housing Services to Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition. The total to be awarded through the grants is $710,837.

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