Founded in 1856 by the Sisters of Providence, the non-profit mission-based Providence Health & Services operates nine hospitals, and other health care facilities in Washington State. As part of their substance abuse treatment offerings, Providence Health & Services offers Providence Supportive Housing, a safe and sober living environment for financially challenged and disabled individuals transitioning out of inpatient care as well as senior clients.
Accommodations and Amenities
Providence Health & Services operates more than 14 housing facilities in California, Washington and Oregon. The houses are typically one-bedroom apartments that include a kitchen, bathroom, living room and a double-occupancy bedroom. No more than two persons are allowed in the bedrooms. Generally, most of the houses cater to adults ages 62 and older, but Providence House Yakima in Washington accommodates adults ages 55 and older, as well as young adults, ages 18 and older with disabilities. Recovering addicts are welcome in this housing program.
Providence House Yakima is a three-story apartment building that has 12 studio and 35 one-bedroom apartments. Each residence has a private kitchen and a full bathroom. Residents purchase their own food and prepare their own meals. Many of the clients qualify for food stamps. A small pet is allowed in each unit. Smoking is forbidden inside the apartments, and on the entire premises. While electricity is not covered by the rent, the trash, water and sewer are included in the cost. Providence House Yakima has laundry facilities with sparkling white washers and dryers, mailbox delivery, a community room and an outdoor patio.
Rules and Regulations
Typically, applicants are put on a wait list. Wait times are between a few months and one year. Once admitted, length of stay is permanent. Each house has a tenant selection plan which lists specific criteria for potential clients and a detailed application. Providence House Yakima requires that a client have at least one year of being clean and sober. Overnight guests are allowed with a 48-hour limit on each visit.
There are case workers available who help residents find recovery support groups, such as 12-step meetings, as well as other on-site and community-based supportive sources. The 30-day cost depends on the resident and is 30 percent of the household’s monthly income.
Providence House Yakima features weekly coffee gatherings, outdoor barbeques (weather permitting), holiday potlucks and monthly birthday galas. The residence is located near downtown Yakima, and one block away from Miller Park, which features a 10-mile paved path along the Yakima River.
Despite the fact that there is specific age criteria involved, as well as lengthy waiting lists, one plus about Providence Supportive Housing is that once a clients get in, the housing is affordable and permanent. This could be a great option for older people in recovery who need an affordable and safe living situation. The downside is that residents are required to have a year clean, which means most people in the most vulnerable part of their recovery will not qualify.
Providence Health & Services
Providence House Yakima
312 N 4th St
Yakima WA 98901
Providence Supportive Housing Cost: $30% of household income (30 days). Reach Providence Supportive Housing by phone at (855) 360-5478, (509) 452-5017 (Yakima house) or by email at [email protected]. Find Providence Health & Services on Facebook, YouTube and Google +
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