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New apartment complex for homeless opens in Vancouver

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Lincoln Place homeless housing complex in Vancouver (Photo: KPTV) Lincoln Place homeless housing complex in Vancouver (Photo: KPTV)
A kitchen at Lincoln Place homeless housing complex in Vancouver (Photo: KPTV) A kitchen at Lincoln Place homeless housing complex in Vancouver (Photo: KPTV)
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Thirty of the most vulnerable members of Vancouver’s homeless population are moving off the streets and into a first-of-its kind apartment complex in Clark County.

Lincoln Place follows a strategy known as housing first, where homeless people receive housing and then get help accessing services to help address other issues they may face.

Those issues include addiction, mental health and unemployment.

“You have to be chronically homeless to get into this housing,” said Willie Hurst, a case manager who will work with Lincoln Place residents. “And so it’s going to be awesome to get them off the street, let them have keys to their own apartment. So we’re really excited and looking forward to this day.”

The 30 apartments are long-term housing, rather than transitional housing or an emergency shelter. Rent will be set at 33% of a tenant’s income.

The City of Vancouver, Clark County, a VHA Loan and Key Bank helped fund the project.

Washington’s U.S. senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray were on hand for the grand opening Wednesday morning.

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