The award for Bubble on Gum is a pass-through grant from the Department of Commerce through the City to the Kennewick Housing Authority (KHA) to provide funding from Commerce’s Connecting Housing to Infrastructure Program (CHIPs) which will provide funding for the off-site infrastructure development for the Bubble on Gum-Home Sweet Home project. KHA also received a CDBG award from the City of Kennewick which augments the CHIPs funding. On January 19th, 2024, the Department of Commerce-Housing Trust Fund awarded $5 million for development activities for this project. KHA has also reserved $13 million in bond capital which comes with an allocation of 4% tax credits for this project, as well as the previously awarded $3 million from the Community Projects Fund thanks to Senator Murray’s office. Funding from Benton County’s 2060 funds for acquisition and new housing construction activities has also been secured. KHA and the city are working with Community Frameworks on this project. The housing will be built on 3.7 acres at the corner of Gum and 13th Avenue, which is now the back side of the city’s laydown yard. Community outreach efforts indicated the community members in the area adjacent to the property preferred a more residential design vibe to better fit within their neighborhood. The exterior design has been update as shown. This project will serve very low to extremely low-income individuals and families, with set-asides for veterans and persons with disabilities. The current plan is to break ground in the fall of 2024, with the infrastructure project running ahead of breaking ground for the residential development.
More information on the proposed development and KHA partnership is available in the Related Documents section of this page. Contact the Economic Development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-585-4532 for project updates.