A collaboration between the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), YouthCare, and the University District Food Bank won top honors at a national home-building conference last month.
Marion West, designed by local architecture firm Runberg Group, won two grand Golden Nugget awards at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for its division: Residential Housing Project of the Year and Affordable Housing Community.
The building opened around this time last year, giving a new home to the University District Food Bank; providing 20 units of permanent, supportive housing for homeless young adults through YouthCare; and adding 29 units of workforce housing to the neighborhood.
The project allowed YouthCare to expand for the first time in more than 20 years. The nonprofit also operates on-site employment training and counseling onsite. On the ground floor, Street Bean Coffee employs “street-involved young people” and funds job training.
On the roof, a 7,400-square-foot garden grows fresh produce for the food bank downstairs.
Another Runberg project from LIHI won a merit award as a notable affordable housing community. Abbey Lincoln Court in the Central District has 68 workforce housing units, including three-bedroom apartments and townhouses.