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Fall Newsletter 2014 DonateNowButton2 2
In this issue:

The Faces of Bellwether: 
Deborah grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Seattle in 1995. Read more
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Closer to Home Breakfast a Success: Thank you! With your help we raised over $117,000 at our 4th annual fundraising event. Read more.

Thank You to Our Funders: All of us at Bellwether appreciate the many foundations that have awarded grants to us in 2014. Read more.

Bellwether a Participant in Fast Pitch Competition: 
Bellwether was honored to be a participant in Seattle Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch Competition in October. Read more.

Affordable Housing Linkage FeesAs part of Housing Development Consortium, Bellwether supports the Seattle City Council’s recent backing of linkage fees. Read more. 

Update from Sarah: So many accomplishments in the last few months
 – people who need affordable places to live are filling our 1,900 apartments with life and connection. Read More.
 

The Faces of Bellwether

Deborah

Deborah Bartlett, Bellwether Resident

Deborah grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Seattle in 1995. She teaches
4th/ 5th grade part-time at a local independent elementary school in downtown Seattle, and also spends one day each week doing administrative work for the school.
 
Deborah needed to find a new place to live with her young son a few years ago. As Deborah explained, “I knew I wanted to live near work, in an apartment in the downtown/South Lake Union neighborhood.” She had already researched and learned that market rate apartments were too expensive. She decided to walk the neighborhood instead and soon discovered one of Bellwether’s buildings, Stewart Court. The resident manager was very helpful. He explained that – although he had nothing available at that time – another nearby building did have apartments available: Casa Pacifica. She walked over to Casa Pacifica and moved in shortly thereafter. Deborah has lived at Casa Pacifica for three years with her (now) 10-year old son.
 
Deborah appreciates living at Casa Pacifica for so many reasons. “I love being able to walk half a mile to work,” she shared. She also explained that she values the security. “My son can let himself in after school through the security system. I use my phone and the security camera to make sure he gets in.” The community is also important. “I love the [resident manager] and love that it’s so diverse.” Deborah is determined to bring even more to her community – she is establishing potlucks for all the residents so they get to know each other better. Finally, Deborah likes the design of her apartment – the big windows and deep closets – and is thrilled that there is maintenance!

Deborah didn’t hesitate when asked what it meant to have an affordable place to live. “It means choice. I don’t have to work a second job; I can do something that I love.”


Your support changes lives. To find out how you can help more people like Deborah, visit Bellwether Housing.

 


Closer to Home Breakfast a Success

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Thank you! With your help we raised over $117,000 at our 4th annual fundraising event, our most successful breakfast to date. Your contributions will support our work to create affordable housing in Seattle - and throughout Washington - and will help us provide affordable place to live for those who need it.
 
This year’s guests enjoyed a thought-provoking conversation featuring Chuck Wolfe, a Seattle-based environmental and land use attorney, nationally recognized speaker, and author of Urbanism Without Effort. Attendees also watched this
video which included interviews with Ron Sims, Chuck Wolfe and one of our residents.  
 
Planning is underway for our 5th annual breakfast next fall! Please contact Outreach & Communications Manager
Julie Lombardo to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how you can be involved.
 
 

Thank You to Our Funders


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Bellwether Residents and Apartments

All of us at Bellwether appreciate the many foundations that have awarded grants to us in 2014. These funds – as well as contributions from our individual supporters – make it possible for low-income people to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunities. Thank you.
 

Bank of America Foundation
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Homestreet Bank
KeyBank Foundation
The Seattle Foundation
Union Bank Foundation
US Bancorp Foundation

 
You can learn more about what these foundations support here.
 


Bellwether a Participant in Fast Pitch Competition

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Bellwether's Deputy Director,Tory Laughlin Taylor

Bellwether was honored to be a participant in Seattle Venture Partners’ Fast Pitch Competition in October. Our Deputy Director, Tory Laughlin Taylor, presented our new impact investment initiative, the Seattle Futures Fund, to the SVP judges, and was one of seven established nonprofits among the semifinalists.

Seattle Futures Fund is an impact investment, bringing private capital directly into the production of more permanently affordable apartments in our neighborhoods. It is another part of Bellwether’s response to our growing housing affordability gap, delivering more housing for low-income workers close to jobs and community resources. Want to learn more? Contact Tory.


Affordable Housing Linkage Fees 

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Linkage Fee Map for Seattle Neighborhoods
 
As part of Housing Development Consortium, Bellwether supports the Seattle City Council’s recent backing of linkage fees. These fees will help fund affordable housing in neighborhoods that will likely have high demand for development. The developer fee will vary depending on the type of building and its location. And the fee can be avoided all together if developers agree to make some of the units available for people who make 80% or less of the area median income. A good thing! You can learn more on the Seattle City Council page and can also view a larger version of the map above.
 


Update from Sarah 

 
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So many accomplishments in the last few months – people who need affordable places to live are filling our 1,900 apartments with life and connection; we’ve launched a new improved website with additional features to serve our residents and prospective residents (check it out!); we’re helping twelve other nonprofits with their building projects; we’re ready to go with the 2015 budget (approved this month); and Bellwether’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan has been completed and approved as well.

That last accomplishment was a huge effort. I’m honored to have been part of the ten-month Strategic Planning process, which involved employees, board members, and community participants. With this plan, in the coming years we’ll be able to address the growing need for affordability in Seattle and throughout Washington by doing more of what we do best, and doing it better. Among other strategies, we’ll increase our focus on advocacy for more resources and better policies, and we’ll expand our efforts to connect residents with what they need to thrive. Our mission is the same, but our mission statement is revised to represent our work more fully: Bellwether creates housing affordability so that people and communities can thrive.
 
There’s so much to celebrate – I hope I remember to be thankful all year and not only during this season. Still, it is the season when gratitude is on display, and let me take this opportunity to thank the many of you who make a difference in the lives of low-income individuals and families every day.
 
Contributors, staff, board, and partners - you help us help more people every year. Thank you.


 
With appreciation,

Sarah Rick Lewontin
Executive Director
Bellwether Housing

     
 
Bellwether Housing is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, tax ID 91-1116960. All contributions are  tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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