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Housing Development

Housing Development Services

Dan Smerken has led or consulted on the financing, development and design of housing for older adults and persons with disabilities.

Here are some of the projects Dan has contributed to:

Consulting Projects

Tacoma, WA - Intercommunity Mercy Housing -Capital Advance : $8,216,400 Rental subsidy: $707,700 Number of units : 59 Project Description : The 202 Capital Advance funds will be used to construct 58 one-bedroom units for very low income elderly persons and 1 two-bedroom manager unit. New Tacoma will serve elderly residents aged 62 years and older. The facility will serve independent, near independent, near frail and frail elderly. New Tacoma will offer comprehensive services (through direct and contract services) that enable residents to age-in-place with dignity. The facility is well situated next to shopping, restaurants, library, banks, pharmacies and medical facilities.

Assisted Common Ground and Korean Women's Association in applying for $8.2 Million in HUD Section 202 funding for the development of low-income senior housing in Federal Way.

LIHI's Cascade Senior Housing

Acquired $5.7 Million for the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle to develop 50 units of housing for low-income seniors in Seattle's Cascade/South Lake Union neighborhood.

Development Projects

  • Vincent House, Seattle Washington

Vincent House serves formerly homeless elders in Seattle's Downtown Core. We recently completed a $6 Million dollar acquisition and rehab of this 20 year old project.

  • Emilie House, Portland Oregon

Emilie House is a 40 unit project built in the 1980's for older adults. We recently completed a $1 Million rehabilitation utilizing the HUD refinance program.

  • Cascade Senior Housing, Seattle Washington

In 2006 Dan assisted the Low Income Housing Institute obtain financing to develop 50 units of elderly housing for low income seniors in this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

  • Elizabeth House, Seattle Washington

Elizabeth House provides 75 units of elderly housing in the Highpoint neighborhood of West Seattle and located within the Highpoint HOPE VI neighborhood redevelopment.

  • Vashon Island Community Care Center

The new Vashon Island Community Care Center provides skilled nursing, assisted living, and adult day care. Financed with tax-exempt bonds at least 50% of its residents are low income with incomes at or below 80% of the area median.

  • Gamelin House, Seattle, Washington

Gamelin House provides 78 units of elderly housing in a mixed use building which also contains a Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE program) a national model for eldercare and commercial space. Locate in the Rainier Vista HOPE VI Redevelopment in South Seattle.

  • Peter Claver House, Seattle Washington

This 80 unit Elderly Housing project is part of a the New Holly senior village located in Seattle's first HOPE VI neighborhood redevelopment. Developed in cooperation with the Seattle Housing Authority.

  • St. Francis House, Olympia Washington

This 60 unit Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly is located on the Campus of St. Peter Hospital in Olympia Washington.

  • Blanchet and Rossi House, Centralia Washington

These two elderly housing complexes are located in a lovely rural setting on the Chehalis River near the Centralia Hospital and serves very-low income elders.


Dan receives an award from the Sisters of Providence religous community