Health companies announce $15m for Seattle housing projects

SEATTLE (AP) — A trio of Seattle health companies, including two of the city’s hospitals, have announced $15 million in donations for projects aimed at the homeless.

The money will help fund three projects geared toward helping the chronically homeless, who experts say make up a limited proportion of the homeless overall but can be among the most difficult to reach.

The funds will pay for a relatively small portion of three building slated to create around 290 units of housing that include on-site staffing to help residents stay connected to services.

Swedish Health Services, Providence St. Joseph Health and Premera Blue Cross each donated $5 million.

Representatives of Plymouth Housing, the group behind the projects did not make a total budget available for the projects, but said the first of the three is slated to cost about $34 million.