The state of Washington today awarded the Washington Growers League $3 million to build a seasonal farmworker housing complex in Mattawa, Wash., while another Washington labor organization is making plans for its own farmworker housing facility.
The funding for the Growers League’s 120-bed facility is part of $50.1 million worth of federal and state loans and grants to 36 housing projects in 26 counties, according to a news release today from the state Department of Commerce.
The Mattawa project in Grant County, an expanding fruit producing region of Washington, will be the third farmworker housing facility in the state operated by the Growers League, a trade organization based in Yakima, Wash., that focuses on labor issues.
The organization has a 270-bed complex in Malaga and a 200-bed housing facility in Cashmere. The Growers League also operates a tent rental program.
Meanwhile, WAFLA has signed a contract with a commercial developer to provide seasonal housing for up to 200 workers in Yakima, according to a news release from the Olympia, Wash., organization formerly known as the Washington Farm Labor Association.
The group will rent spaces for $250 per month per worker, the release said.
The organization will hold an informational meeting 9-10 a.m. Dec. 9 at Le Chateau, 15 N. Naches Ave., Yakima.
By Ross Courtney