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In this issue:

How Bellwether Addresses Homelessness: Last November, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency in response to the city’s homelessness crisis. Read more.

Arbora Court: On September 21st, we celebrated the groundbreaking of our first property in Seattle’s University District. Read more.

Anchor Flats: On October 4th, Bellwether Housing broke ground on Anchor Flats. Read more.

Closer to Home Breakfast Breaks Records: Our Closer to Home Breakfast at Benaroya Hall was a great success! Read more.

Thank You to Our Sponsors: All of us at Bellwether appreciate the many businesses that supported our recent Closer to Home fundraising breakfast. Read more.

Giving Tuesday: 
You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but what about #GivingTuesday? Read more.

Bellwether Seeks Chief Executive Officer: The full position description is available on our website. Read more.

What's Bellwether Doing to Address Homelessness?

Rose Thunderword-Cohen

Rose found stability at Bellwether after experiencing homelessness.

Last November, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency in response to the city’s homelessness crisis.  In January, the One Night Count of homeless people tallied 4,505 people living unsheltered on sidewalks and in cars and tents in King County.  Another 3,200 individuals were in emergency shelters and 2,983 were in transitional housing.
At Bellwether, we understand that the fundamental cause of homelessness is the widening housing affordability gap. That’s why we provide affordable rents for people with very low incomes.The average household living in Bellwether housing has an annual income of just under $25,000 per year and pays an average rent of just over $600 per month.
Over the last 2 years, approximately 10% of Bellwether’s new household move-ins were previously homelessness with circumstances ranging from being “doubled-up,” to moving from transitional housing or a shelter, to coming directly from the streets. We currently have 120 Section 8 apartments that serve special needs households. We will add 40 more affordable places to live - designated for homeless families - in 2018.

Your gift
helps us continue to house some of our most vulnerable residents. Thank you for supporting affordable housing.


Arbora Court

Susan and Mayor

Bellwether’s Director of Real Estate Development, Susan Boyd, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray place their leaves on the Arbora Court art installation

On September 21st, Bellwether Housing celebrated the groundbreaking of our first property in Seattle’s University District, Arbora Court. This building will be the largest that Bellwether has ever constructed at 133 units and will include many family-sized units and large indoor and outdoor community and play spaces.  There will also be 40 apartments set aside for homeless families.

Arbora Court would not have been possible without the determined members of
University Christian Church  who made a decision to sell their 30,000-square-foot parking lot for well under market value to Bellwether in order to provide safe, affordable homes for their neighbors.

To learn more about this event visit our


Anchor Flats


Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Bellwether Housing’s Real Estate Development Program Manager, Becky Bicknell, Bellwether Housing’s Director of Real Estate, Susan Boyd, Brian Runberg, Principal of Runberg Architecture Group, and Harry Matsumoto, Vice Chair of the Bellwether Housing Board unearth affordable housing in South Lake Union.

On October 4th, Bellwether Housing broke ground on Anchor Flats. This is our first development off South Lake Union and it will provide 71 affordable apartments to individuals and families – all close to downtown.

Anchor Flats is the second development supported by Seattle’s Future Fund, a creative investment tool that utilizes capital from local, socially motivated investors to finance affordable housing. Anchor Flats is slated to open its doors in March of 2018.
Read more news coverage here.


 Closer to Home Breakfast Breaks Records

Matthew andDesmond
Matthew Desmond, Author of Evicted, and Bellwether Resident Paris Chapman

Our Closer to Home Breakfast at Benaroya Hall was a great success! Thanks to all of you who helped make it so. 

We had more than 400 folks turn out for this sixth annual event and raised $173,000. Because of your support Bellwether continues to be a force against rising income inequality, unequal access to opportunity and geographic class segmentation – forces that undermine the economic, social, environmental and physical health of our communities.  

You can see photos of the breakfast

Donations are always welcome. If you weren't able to contribute earlier, please show your support by making a gift now.

 Thanks to Our Sponsors

All of us at Bellwether appreciate the many businesses that supported our recent Closer to Home fundraising breakfast. These sponsorships – as well as generous contributions from our individual contributors – make it possible for low-income people to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities of opportunities. Thank you.
Top sponsors
Banner Bank
DOZ Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski LLC
HomeStreet Bank
JPMorgan Chase
Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt & Decina PC
Puckett & Redford PLLC
Rafn Company
SMR Architects
Union Bank
Umpqua Bank
US Bank
Walsh Construction
Weber Thompson


Giving Tuesday
You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday but what about #GivingTuesday? This global day of philanthropy, slated for November 29th, is when the world comes together to give.

Throughout the day, we will update our
Facebook page with stories and facts about Bellwether’s work in the community. We hope you will follow along and be inspired to donate.

Bellwether Seeks Chief Executive Officer

Residents and Buildings

Bellwether is seeking their next Chief Executive Officer. The full position description is available at the Bellwether website. For additional information regarding this opportunity please contact our executive search firm, Carlson Beck.
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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