As a solution to a growing need for shelter and permanent supportive housing in Olympia, LIHI partnered with Interfaith Works to develop Unity Commons (formerly Martin Way Apartments). The five-story apartment building holds 64 studio and one-bedroom apartments reserved for veterans, elders living unhoused, and people living with disabilities. There’s also an additional unit for an on-site manager. Operating at ground level is an Interfaith Works shelter with 60 beds, a full kitchen, bathrooms with showers, storage space, and washers and dryers.
The day-and-night shelter provides a welcoming environment with side-by-side advocacy, connection to permanent housing, primary care, mental health and substance use treatment, and access to basic hygiene services. Residents of the apartments above also receive comprehensive support, focused on building independent living skills with a connection to healthcare, treatment, and employment services.