July 31, 2017 will be a “blue ribbon” day for Tumwater School District and the Housing Authority of Thurston County as a new partnership is officially formed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Allen Orchard housing development on Dennis Street in Tumwater. This partnership encompasses the vision of many.  With several units of the 24-unit development reserved for some of Tumwater School District’s McKinney-Vento qualifying families, a seed of hope has been planted for these families.

The conversation started when Housing Authority Board Member Neil McClanahan visited with Tumwater School District Superintendent John Bash and they had a “What If” conversation … “what if” we could partner and help some of our neediest families, “what if” we could reserve housing for families of Tumwater School District, “WHAT IF?”  From there, others were brought into the conversation as the new housing project, Allen Orchard, was starting construction.

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