Why Scattered Site Housing?

We often get asked why we have chosen to invest in scattered site houses and small multi-unit complexes.  Here’s why:

Builds Community

Homes First chooses to invest in scattered site housing for several reasons.  Of most importance to us is the knowledge that when a household lives in their own permanent home, regardless of whether it is owned or rented, they become a part of our community, rather than a part FROM our community.  

Economical

Another significant factor for our investment in scattered site housing is the lasting economic advantage. The average cost to public funds to provide permanent rental homes is less than $300 per person for the life of the property.  Compared to the cost of shelters, food banks, emergency services and to the health of our community as a whole, it is a worthwhile investment.

Sustainable

When our community considers the availability of buildable land and the cost of new construction, it become quite obvious that using already existing homes to provide housing rather than building new is not only economical, but sustainable.  In the same three to five year period it costs to develop a new 50-unit apartment complex for 75 people, Homes First can acquire and provide homes to the same number of people while helping them reconnect with their community.

The  2006  Housing and Child Wellbeing Study by Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities shows that children in low-income families benefit significantly from moving out of socio-economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.  In addition, when households are ‘anonymized’ in their community, not stigmatized by being singled out as low-income, they are more likely to thrive and to develop long term healthy relationships.

Homes First owns and manages several kinds of living spaces and they are managed in a variety of ways:

Single Family and Multi-Family Homes

  1. Project Based Voucher Homes

These scattered site houses and apartment vacancies are applied for through the Housing Authority of Thurston County (www.hatc.org). HATC manages applications and any waitlists when applicable.

The Housing Authority of Thurston County is located at 1206-12th Avenue SE in Olympia, Washington, 98501. General inquiries can be made at 360-753-8292 or maritressd@hatc.org

  1. Non Project Based Voucher Homes

These scatter site houses and apartments are rented directly through Homes First! who accepts applications for the spaces when available.

Oxford House

Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Parallel to this concept lies the organizational structure of Oxford House, Inc. This publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation is the umbrella organization which provides the network connecting all Oxford Houses and allocates resources to duplicate the Oxford House concept where needs arise.
The number of residents in a House may range from six to fifteen; there are houses for men, houses for women, and houses which accept women with children. Oxford Houses flourish in metropolitan areas such as New York City and Washington D.C. and thrive in such diverse communities as Hawaii, Washington State, Canada and Australia; but they all abide by the basic criteria.

Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse. This was the purpose of the first Oxford House established in 1975, and this purpose is served, day by day, house after house, in each of over 1,200 houses in the United States today.

   Current Oxford Tenants

Applications for available spaces are managed directly with each house. Please use the following contacts to check on availability:

  • Molly B Oxford House:             360-878-8821 (women)
  • 1107 Oxford Group:                    360-515-5122 (women)
  • South Bay Oxford House:         360-455-0448 (men)
  • Ruddell Road Oxford House:   360-923-4178 (women)
  • South East Oly Oxford House: 360-915-9756 (men)

Homes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Applications for available spaces are managed directly with each program. Please use the following
contacts to check on availability:

Kokua Services – Group Living for the Developmentally Disabled

“Provide citizens with disabilities with the support they need to lead full and meaningful lives.”

Kokua is a residential support agency serving adults with disabilities. Kokua’s mission is to provide the encouragement, support and care necessary to enable persons with disabilities to lead full and meaningful lives. We believe it is the right of our clients to participate in the life of their community, including the right to meaningful work and the right to take measured risks in pursuit of their dreams.

LGH Residential Services

LGH Residential Services Inc. provides in house assisted living services to individuals who are Developmentally Disabled, medically fragile   and or have a mental illness.  They exclusively contract with the State of Washington to provide those services.

LGH Residential Services started out as Lacey Group Home, contracting with the State of Washington, Division of Developmental Disabilities on March 1, 1979.  The group home received six clients from the State which was downsizing its’ state institutions for the Developmentally Disabled.  They continue to operate the Group Home with five clients.  In 1980, LGH added three clients in a program called Alternative living.  In 1983, they added 25 clients in Lewis Co Washington in a Supportive Living program.  These clients live in their own homes or apartments.  LGH provides 24 hour staff for those situations.   From 1983-2000, they added another 26 clients in Thurston Co Washington.  LGH currently serves 40 clients and have 90 employees.

Placeone

Placeone provides quality staffing services for our developmentallycooking1 disabled clients, to promote independence in all aspects of their lives. Since 1995 Placeone has served the greater Thurston County area in supporting individuals referred by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Aacres

Aacres has a strong commitment to serving people which is the cornerstone of our strength and success. Accepting people with respect and creativity enhances our ability to stand beside them through the difficult times in their lives.