August 28, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 151 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE DEVELOPMENT OF GARDNER HOUSE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 151
(Extensions of Remarks - August 28, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E797-E798] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE DEVELOPMENT OF GARDNER HOUSE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING ______ HON. ADAM SMITH of washington in the house of representatives Friday, August 28, 2020 Mr. SMITH of Washington. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Mercy Housing Northwest's Gardner House in Seattle, Washington for receiving the 2020 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition. The Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Award recognizes excellence in the affordable housing industry and projects that have demonstrated the most impactful use of the Low- Income Housing Tax Credit. The Gardner House provides 95 new affordable homes and quality services for families, formerly homeless individuals, and people with disabilities in the Mount Baker neighborhood. It was developed with the use of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which is an enormously important tool to increase the development of affordable housing for families in Washington state and across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten our economy, jobs, and our constituents' ability to afford rent. Projects such as the Gardner House help to ease the burden of rent and provide critical services when it is needed most. It provides resources for residents and people in the community at risk for homelessness and much-needed family-sized housing and services near transit and schools. This includes educational services for children, out-of-school activities, and community development. In addition, two units are designed to be licensed in-home childcare units to provide affordable, convenient childcare for residents. The Gardner House is a great example of the use of public and private funding to benefit the community and increase the desperately needed supply of affordable housing. I applaud Mercy Housing Northwest, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, the City of Seattle, and everyone that made the development of Gardner House in Seattle possible and congratulate them on this much-deserved award. [[Page E798]] ____________________