This past week, LASA’s AmeriCorps VISTA* Member and Development Coordinator Julie Harris secured $25,000 in funding from the Medina Foundation to go towards the Prairie Oaks Client Services Center and Affordable Housing Complex.
LASA, an organization committed to the prevention of homelessness and recurrent homelessness, will begin building the new facility this November.
This project totals approximately $6 million, and has two separate areas where funding is being provided. The housing complex is budgeted at $4.84 million, and will be funded primarily by the State Housing Trust, with contributions from Lakewood and Pierce County. The Client Services Center is budgeted at $1.19 million, and is being funded in part by Lakewood, Pierce County, and grants from the Vogt and Medina Foundations.
LASA is prepared to take out a bank loan to the amount of $300,000 and must secure the remaining $273,391 needed to build the Client Services Center in the next six months. Unfortunately, the housing complex cannot be built without the Client Services Center, and therefore the funding for both must be secured before construction can begin. If you would like to see the plans for the new complex stop by LASA’s office at 8956 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest in Lakewood.