Apartments open seniors and adults with developmental disabilities

Posted by Pam Blanton on August 23, 2010

BY JOHN TRUMBO, HERALD STAFF WRITER

KENNEWICK, WA — At age 24, Alicia Kary no longer has to depend on her aging parents for a place to eat and sleep.

Her new home is in the Edison Terrace South apartments on Edison Street in Kennewick, a federally subsidized project built by a faith-based organization in the Tri-Cities called Shalom Ecumenical Center Affordable Housing.

Each of the 14 apartments provides a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen with shared laundry facilities.

Alicia, who moved in two weeks ago, is happy to be on her own, said her parents, Ken and Donna Kary of Richland, who adopted their daughter as an infant.

“We’ve been working her whole life to get her to this point. There’s no question being able to live independently will be very beneficial for her,” her father said at the formal dedication of SEC’s newest project Wednesday.

The four buildings of Edison Terrace South are the fifth Tri-City project done by SEC using federal housing money to provide long-term rental housing for senior citizens and developmentally disabled adults.

Richard Barchet, president of the Edison Terrace South Committee and chairman of SEC Affordable Housing, said the units provide homes for low-income adults with developmental disabilities who can live independently. The project was supported with $1.6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $1 million from the state Department of Commerce.   READ MORE

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