Properties that can be found for below-market price are rare, and it's great the City and United Way are able to coordinate on this.
|Across the street from Swegle School|
Still, even if the locations aren't utterly car-dependent, they might not be the best for seniors with mobility issues.
Market Street here was recently realigned, which is why the lots had been acquired by the City and now are surplus, so at least some of the sidewalks are brand new, but Market Street is still zoomy and not exactly inviting for walking.
|Market Street here is not exactly friendly for walking|
|Fred Meyer is three-quarters of a mile away|
For younger people, this might very well count as within a "20-minute neighborhood." But the utility is somewhat diminished for seniors. The number 5 "Center Street" bus route runs an awkward loop right here,
and doesn't appear to offer bi-directional travel on this stretch of
Market Street to Lancaster Drive. So shopping at Freds would require tricky bus coordination or a walk of three-quarter miles each way. A trip to Grocery Outlet is a mile and a half each way and would require a bus transfer.
That's not to say this is a poorly conceived project, but to say that there are limits to it, and no matter how nice are the tiny houses and the rent targets, as a whole living arrangement it might not yet be excellent. We don't give enough attention to transportation and proximity when we site social housing. (See this on the Fisher Road "Redwood Crossing" project previously.)