The Yakima Housing Authority held a groundbreaking Wednesday at the former Marine Armory Center on Tahoma Avenue for what's being called the Chuck Austin Place Veterans Supportive Housing and Services Center.  Austin is a local retired Marine who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and is now a member of the Yakima VFW Post 379. He attended Wednesday's groundbreaking.

Work will soon begin on the former armory turning it into 41 units of supportive housing for homeless veterans and their families. State and Federal officials attended the event including Senator Patty Murray and 14th District State Representative Chris Corry and 15th District State Representative Bruce Chandler. Money for the nearly $18 million project comes from local, federal and state resources.

The facility is set to open in August of 2020.