William J. Wood Veterans House
The William J. Wood Veterans House opened in December 2016. It offers housing for homeless or imminently homeless veterans and their families. All 44 one, two, and three bedroom units are fully furnished and eligible for rental subsidies through the HUD VASH Program in collaboration with King County Housing Authority. Amenities include on-site parking, exercise room, community rooms, computer labs, and security. Onsite services including case management, employment assistance, and child advocacy are offered. Onsite classes such as basic education, financial management, technology skills, and job readiness are also offered. Onsite partners offer additional services such as mental health and substance abuse counseling.
All residents must be referred through the VA. Veterans, if you are homeless call 877-904-8387.
Who is William J. Wood? William J. Wood was a tireless advocate for veterans. He served in the Army as a Warrant Officer during the Vietnam War. Mr. Wood was a long-time member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, an organization based on the principle: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” The organization advocates for full access to quality health care, in particular for disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service. After retiring, Mr. Wood, with another veteran, created the Veterans Incarcerated Program that assists veterans who are having issues with the criminal justice system, helps them obtain VA benefits and provides counseling to address service related problems. In 2005, Mr. Wood was part of a group of veterans who advocated for a local property tax levy to fund additional services for veterans. By the end of that year the residents of King County voted and overwhelmingly passed an initiative creating the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy which provides a broad array of services for veterans, their families, and others in need.
The William J. Wood Veterans House is possible due to the generous funding of the Washington State Department of Commerce Housing Trust Fund, King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy administered by the King County Housing and Community Development, King County Housing Authority, Federal Home Loan Bank (Umpqua Bank as the sponsor), the National Equity Fund, LISC-NEF Bring Them Homes Initiative with MetLife Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Impact Capital, Washington Federal Bank, tax credits through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, and the generous resources of Multi-Service Center (MSC) and Shelter Resources, Inc.