Press Release

November 17, 2011

 CONTACT:   Chief Craig Cornelius, Spokane Fire Department, 509.435.7020
  Rob McCann, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Spokane, 509.358.4257
  Monique Kolonko, Associate Director, Housing, Catholic Charities   Spokane, 509.459.6187

 Spokane Fire Department to use future Valor Haven project for Training

The Spokane Fire Department will be conducting fire rescue training at the Warehouse site at 108 S. State Street during the week of November 21, 2011. The former underutilized storage warehouse will be torn down in order to prepare for Catholic Charities Spokane’s Valor Haven, GAU Housing project. This new housing complex will be located directly next door to the House of Charity, Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter for men.  

Deputy Chief Hannah of the Spokane Fire Department shared that this type of fire rescue training provides the rare opportunity for Spokane City Firefighters to experience a real life-like situation where the building they are entering is completely strange to them. The firefighters are then reliant on using safe and successful training methods in their response. This type of training also provides an opportunity to focus on skills that need refining.

The Valor Haven project was one of only two projects in the entire State of Washington to be selected for an award from the Housing Trust Fund in 2010.  The award is a $2.5 million grant and is for the construction of a high quality, 50 unit housing complex for chronically homeless and extremely low income individuals on GAU (General Assistance Unemployable).  This project will provide permanent housing to one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our community.  

This award from the Housing Trust Fund along with Tax Credits will allow this multi million project to be built at no cost to the agency and requires no fundraising of any kind from donors, parishes, private or public sources.  Building low-income housing without any fundraising from parishes or parishioners is how Catholic Charities has built all of their nearly 900 units of housing.  Valor Haven’s slated opening is early 2013.

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