Packed In: Department of Commerce invests over $130 million in affordable housing projects across Washington

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SPOKANE, Wash. — As people pack in to the Inland Northwest, historic housing investments are on the horizon in 2022.

The Commerce Department is spearheading projects it hopes will help people find stable housing. It is investing more than $130 million in affordable housing projects across the state. That’s a record amount of loans and grants from federal and state budgets.

One rapid-housing idea with these funds aims to turn old and unused hotels into shelters and transitional housing to help people find more stable and secure housing.

John Durham knows what housing insecurity feels like. He was living out of his car for months, unable to find something else he could afford.

“I was…

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