Wednesday, July 31, 2013
GRANDVIEW - Grandview's low-income families now have a new place to call home. That's because Catholic Charities Housing Services has nearly completed its newest multi-family development, feature two to four-bedroom apartments. The apartments, said Development Manager John Probst, have been designed to be energy efficient. They have also been designed for longevity. The first floor of each unit has stained concrete flooring to prevent wear and tear. Each unit has ductless heating and air, as well. "The buildings are crimson and gray...Greyhound colors," Probst announced proudly. He said tenants of the development need not be farmworkers. They must fit an income criteria of between 30 and 50 percent of the median income for Yakima County residents. The median income level is $57,000. There are also units for persons with disabilities within Sor Juan Ines Court, the name of the development. Sor Juana Ines was a 17th century Mexican Catholic nun, who believed in education, especially for women. "That was uncommon at the time," said Catholic Charities Director Bryan Ketcham. Because of her passion for equal education rights, Sor Juana Inez is revered in Mexico. Deborah Ann, a local fabric and paper mache sculptor, has taken on the task of recognizing Sor Juana Ines with a mural that will be displayed at the new housing development. Another artist, Juan Javier Lopez of Morelia, Mexico, has also been contracted to create a representation of the esteemed nun. Probst said the development will help low-income families who may have had difficulty finding housing in the past. He said there is an emphasis on helping first-time tenants to learn how to budget and care for a home. There were 15 families who were pre-approved for housing at Sor Juana Ines Court, some of whom have already been given keys to their new residence. The first 11 units were completed earlier this month and the remaining 30 units should be ready for move-in by the middle of August. The complex, located at the end of Carriage Square Court in Grandview, is an example of community support, said Ketcham. He said the city of Grandview has worked closely with Catholic Charities Housing Services to ensure all community members have a safe, affordable environment in which to live.