It was about three years ago that the team at Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) first approached Clark with the 7th Haven project, and through some stops and starts (including Covid), they persevered, continued with us as their general contractor, and we broke ground together. They knew the quality of the work that Clark does, as well as our experience in multifamily construction. They also knew that housing instability is a social issue that Clark cares deeply about. We want to be part of the solution in bringing more affordable housing to Puget Sound.
7th Haven is intended to house 130 people, including 35-40 children, from “low” and “very low” income brackets. The preliminary apartment mix is 6 studio apartments, 18 one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedroom units intended for families. There are units designed for people with developmental disabilities, people with diagnosed chronic mental illness, people recovering from substance abuse, families escaping domestic violence, and for families who have been homeless. The project includes an on-site Early Learning Facility. All units are for households making less than below 50 percent of the area’s median income ($32,200 annually for a family of four in Jefferson County).
This is the first affordable multi-family housing to be constructed in Jefferson County in over fourteen years. It is considered an excellent opportunity to significantly address the affordable housing crisis in Jefferson County. Its $15.4 million cost was funded by an $11.3 million state Department of Commerce grant, plus contributions from local organizations.
7th Haven truly took a village, and we’re proud of the quality of this build and the knowledge that we played a role in bringing beautiful and affordable living spaces to families and children who need them.