Open House Ministries plans to build a 30-unit apartment building at West 12th and Jefferson streets in downtown Vancouver for people transitioning out of its family shelter.
The faith-based homeless service provider previously took over the southeast corner of a block adjacent to its main property and demolished two homes.
The nonprofit aims to raise $11 million to $12 million for the project, which will include ground-floor retail and a storage basement, said board president Dick James. Before construction starts, Open House plans to use the empty lot for parking.
“The key right now for us is to get through the permitting process with the city,” James said.
The concept would allow families who graduate from Open House’s program and are employed to move into one of the apartments. Rent would be determined based on the family’s income. The building would contain a mix of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, and it would have 38 parking stalls, according to documents submitted to the city.