A rendering of Urness House, Compass Housing Alliance's residential development for formerly homeless individuals, shows how it would fit into the surrounding neighborhood.
Compass releases policies for formerly homeless housing
Compass Housing Alliance, which filed for a Master Use Permit for its Ballard location April 14, has released more information about the operations and screening processes for the 80-unit housing development for formerly homeless men and women at 1753 N.W. 56th St.
Compass' Ballard development, which will now be called Urness House, will provide housing for formerly homeless individuals making less than $8,000 per year and will provide onsite services for them.
Potential residents will be chronically homeless individuals who are identified from shelter and transitional housing programs and referred from the city, county and United Way, according to a Compass Housing Alliance press release.
Applications from potential residents will be denied if that individual has been convicted of arson in the past 10 years or has been required to register as a level-3 sex offender.
Applications will undergo further review if criminal records show the individual has been convicted of a serious crime, showed continued patterns of criminal behavior or been required to register as a sex offender.
As part of their lease agreement with Urness House, residents and their visitors will be expected to respect the neighboring community, according to the press release.
Visiting hours will be between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., and residents will be limited to two visitors at a time.
According to the press release, Urness House will be staffed 24 hours per day and have controlled entry. Urness House staff will be available 24 hours per day to respond to neighborhood concerns regarding noise or behavior.
“Compass has been a consistent good neighbor in part because our residental buildings have onsite staff 24 hours per day every day," the press release states. “The management of Compass and the Urness House staff are committed to being good neighbors in Ballard.”
Compass Housing Alliance is offering to create an Urness House Community Advisory Board to provide neighbors with a forum to voice concerns and make suggestions.
After a Feb. 8 design meeting on Urness House, the owners of nearby residential buildings expressed concerns that the development will be a magnet for homeless people, addicts and sex offenders and hurt neighboring businesses and land values.
Compass acquired the property on Northwest 56th Street in 2008. Plans call for a seven-story, 51,664-square-foot mixed-use development.
The bottom two floors of Urness House will be used by human service providers, including offices for social workers, addiction counselors, mental health professionals and employment specialists.
These services are offered by Urness House to help residents stabilize their lives and will be provided by organizations independent from Compass Housing Alliance, according to the press release.
Designs for Urness House include 11 parking spaces, which will primarily be used by human service providers. Residents are not likely to have vehicles, according to the press release.
Comments on Compass Housing Alliance's application for a Master Use Permit for Urness House may be submitted to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development through May 5.