Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen will donate $30?million toward the development of a new permanent housing facility for Seattle’s homeless.
The donation will help cover design and construction costs for Mercy Housing Northwest, the local nonprofit that will operate the facility.
Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday that Seattle will contribute an additional $5?million toward the project.
Geared for homeless families, the facility will include an on-site service center open to both residents and the wider community, said Paul Butler, who oversees homelessness programs for the Paul Allen Family Foundation.
Butler said the project has been in the works since last year. The location and size of the project has yet to be determined. Residents of permanent housing facilities generally pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent.
“Our vision right now is that it’s in a location where there is access to services and …