US-based non-profit housing developer Plymouth Housing has broken ground on new housing development, 2nd & Mercer, in Seattle, Washington.

The project will deliver 91 permanent housing apartments for people who have previously experienced homelessness. It is second of Plymouth Housing’s eight planned buildings intended to combat chronic homelessness.

The groundbreaking of the project marks a major milestone in the company’s PROOF Capital Campaign, which was launched in June 2019. The initiative will fund eight new buildings to increase the number of residents served by Plymouth Housing annually to 1,950.

The 2nd & Mercer project will be built on City-owned property on the southwest corner of Second Avenue and Mercer Street.

Plymouth Housing CEO Paul Lambros said: “The realisation of the 2nd & Mercer site is a tremendous success story in the struggle against homelessness – it will provide permanent housing for adults, including veterans, who are recovering from life on the streets and create a new arts space in the Seattle Center neighbourhood.

“Even more so, it demonstrates that coordinated efforts at the local, regional and national level matched with commitment from the community brings real results: homes for those without.”

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Scheduled for opening in 2021, the project closed on financing in December 2019. The project, which is designed by SMR Architects, also received major funding from the City of Seattle.

Last year, the non-profit housing developer received low-income tax credits as part of an expansion to the Affordable Housing Tax Credit programme.

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell said: “This project and so many others throughout our state demonstrate the power of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit to help our communities provide resources to help people in our state and across the country.”

The 2nd & Mercer project will feature a ground-floor space for Path with Art, a local organisation that makes use of art to assist people recovering from homelessness, addiction or other trauma.

Plymouth Housing broke ground on the 2nd & Mercer project in downtown Seattle. (Credit: Plymouth Housing)