DCHS-funded August Wilson Place opens in Bellevue

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, speaking at the opening of August Wilson Place

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, speaking at the opening of August Wilson Place

August Wilson Place, named for the renowned playwright, officially opened its doors on May 26 at a grand opening celebration on the site in Bellevue.

The project has a total of 57 units of housing, including 16 units set aside for individuals and families exiting homelessness. Eight are set aside for veterans and three will house families with a child with a developmental disability, thanks to a capital contribution from DCHS’ Developmental Disabilities Division.

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, joined members of Wilson’s family at the dedication, along with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci and other community leaders.

Wilson made his home in the Northwest in his later years and some of his later plays debuted at the Seattle Rep. A highlight of the program was a performance of a monologue from his Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

The 57 units in the new facility are a mix of studios, two and three-bedroom apartments – all provided at an affordable rate in an area of the county where housing is typically far from affordable. Supportive services will be provided by Sound Mental Health.

Located in downtown Bellevue, the apartments are near mass transit, shopping, and many other amenities. King County provided $2.4 million in capital funding and $341,000 in service funding. The funding sources included the Veterans and Human Services Levy.

(Article originally appeared in the DCHS Touching Base newsletter, June 2015).