The chain-link fence remains up and the grass seeds have yet to sprout, but 10 low-income units in five townhouse-style duplexes soon will be available for rent in South Kitsap.
Kitsap Community Resources executive director Larry Eyer said he expects the units to be ready to rent in early November.
The completion of the Jackson Village Housing duplexes represents the culmination of a long-term project to develop the land near the intersection of Jackson and Lund. In September 2012, KCR opened its new two-story, 6,900-square-foot South Kitsap Family Service Center on the property.
Along with some of KCR’s staple programs, such as WIC, health care, housing assistance, literacy programs in ESL and GED preparation, and veterans assistance, there also is a computer lab. KCR executive director Larry Eyer said that is used to train adults in technology and the job-search process.
“The whole idea was to have this designed so people who live here would have services right there,” he said.
The duplexes on the 2.2-acre site are designed to provide long-term affordable housing for KCR clients with children. To qualify for housing at Jackson Village, households cannot earn more than 30 percent of Kitsap County’s media income, which is $18,333, according to the U.S. Census.
“We really didn’t have anything — any housing — in the South Kitsap that were built for very low-income people,” Eyer said. “That’s why we built in this area.”
Tenants will pay only 30 percent of their income to rent from KCR, which is a nonprofit. The rest will be subsidized through Bremerton Housing Authority’s Section 8 program.
“That’s why we can afford to be able to rent to very low-income people,” Eyer said.
The duplexes, which are energy efficient and meet Evergreen standards for sustainability, were designed by Wenzlau Architects of Bainbridge Island. Another Bainbridge Island company, Fairbank Construction, was the general contractor. Eyer said construction of the South Kitsap Family Service Center and the duplexes was $5 million, which paid in state grant money and county funding.
KCR officials provided a tour of the duplexes Friday afternoon.
The units feature one bedroom and bathroom on each floor of the 1,090-square-foot living space. All feature similar features with the exception of one duplex, which has extra amenities to assist those with disabilities.
Jackson Village provides a contrast to KCR’s other 35 housing units for low-income individuals in the county. The others are for emergency or short-term residents. Eyer said KCR officials wanted to go another direction in South Kitsap because it is a different community than Bremerton
“It’s a little more of a suburban feeling than the city,” he said. “It fits a better bit.”
Now that the project is finished, Eyer said there are not any further construction plans for now. He said KCR officials will continue to assess potential needs, though.
“We know there’s lots of demand,” said Eyer, adding that none of the units have been rented yet. “Even a year later, the the community center looks wonderful and has been used by all kinds of individuals and groups in our community. This is confirming that it’s a good fit. It’s really satisfying.”
Contact Housing Solution Center at (360) 473-2102 or (360) 473-2035 to apply.