From the Kitsap Sun:
The first time Monica Bernhard walked into one of Pendleton Place’s unfinished apartments, she started crying.
“They have room numbers already written above them, and I just try to imagine who that person's going to be, that we're bringing in from the outside and finally giving them an opportunity for housing,” Bernhard, Kitsap Mental Health Services chief operating officer, said.
“It fills me up.”
Although it isn’t finished yet, Pendleton Place is now more than an idea — Kitsap County’s first permanent supportive housing facility has floors and walls and a roof. Contractors with Port Orchard-based BJC Group are finishing up framing and preparing to start drywall work on the 47,903-square-foot apartment building.
What started as an idea to provide deeply affordable housing to Kitsap County’s most vulnerable residents is nearing completion. Kitsap Mental Health Services secured full funding for the project last summer, and construction began in the fall. Bernhard hopes to be able to start moving in tenants in March 2022.
Funding for the project came from the Bremerton Housing Authority, the county’s 1/10 of 1% treatment tax, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a state Legislature allocation, federal low-income tax credits and other sources. Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler said he is “very proud of this partnership and how it came together.”
Read the Kitsap Sun's article "Pendleton Place, a Bremerton apartment complex aimed at housing homeless, expected to open in 2022," featuring the Bremerton Housing Authority.