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Spring 2016 Newsletter DonateNowButton2 2

In this issue:

The Faces of Bellwether: Bill moved to Seattle in 1995 and became an advocate for early grassroots movements addressing affordable housing. Read more.

1511 Dexter - The Long Road to Our Latest Development: In just a few short months we will break ground at 1511 Dexter Avenue North. Read more.

GiveBIG is May 3rd: We're excited to participate in Seattle Foundation's 6th annual GiveBIG! Read more.

Affordable Housing Week: May 16-22: The Housing Development Consortium (HDC) is starting a new annual tradition, Affordable Housing Week. Read more.

Save-the-date: Closer to Home Fundraising Breakfast: Our 6th annual event will take place on Wednesday, October 19th. Read more.

The Faces of Bellwether

Bill and Jasper

Bill and Jasper, Bellwether Resident

Bill moved to Seattle in 1995 and became an advocate for early grassroots movements addressing affordable housing, small business retention and community-oriented transit solutions. He worked on the East Coast in the 2000s and returned to Washington after suffering several heart attacks that landed him on disability.

Market rate rents in the Seattle area were too high for his limited income but he remembered Bellwether from his previous advocacy efforts and was able to find and move into an apartment at Stewart Court. Bill (and his dog Jasper) spend their days volunteering around Seattle and organizing community events within the building.

"Bellwether has given me the transitional place to get me back on my feet (and) ... has made it possible for me to rebuild my life."

Your financial support provides people like Bill with a safe, affordable home so that they can dramatically improve their lives. Please make a donation to Bellwether today and help us create housing affordability so that people and communities can thrive.

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1511 Dexter:  The Long Road to Our Latest Development

Dexter site map

1511 Dexter site

In just a few short months we will break ground at 1511 Dexter Avenue North. The building will have a mix of 71 one and two bedroom apartments and three live-work units. 1511 Dexter will serve low-income working people - and their families - in a neighborhood that has seen rapid rent increases.


Getting to this point has been a journey. Bellwether bought the land in November 2011 with assistance from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission's (WSHFC) Land Acquisition Program, we performed due diligence and neighborhood outreach throughout 2012 and 2013, and completed our building design concept work in early 2014. However, due to the scarcity of local funding, we were not able to secure public financing from the City of Seattle's affordable housing fund sources until late 2015. Thanks to the Seattle Housing Levy, we received an award this past fall for the critical funding to allow this project to move forward. Construction will take roughly 15 months, with a projected opening in Spring 2018.


Since Bellwether purchased the land five years ago, nine new apartment buildings have been built within a mile of where our new building will sit, with another five opening in 2016 - none of which are rent restricted. The opening of Bellwether's Dexter Avenue apartments will at last assure that some permanently affordable housing for Seattle’s workers is available in this rapidly-growing neighborhood on the eastern flank of Queen Anne Hill, and within walking distance of the commercial growth of South Lake Union. You can learn more here.

GiveBIG is May 3rd


Seattle Foundation's 6th annual GiveBIG is May 3rd. And, once again, we're excited to participate and to be a part of making our local community stronger.

We invite you to join in the momentum of the day. Your gift will make a positive impact and will help more people live affordably near what they need - jobs, services and transit.

Even better, if you can't give on May 3rd you can contribute nowIt's easy. Go to It takes only a few minutes and your gift won't be posted until May 3rd.

Thank you in advance for your support and for helping to ensure that all people have the chance to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes within communities of opportunity.


 Affordable Housing Week: May 16-22

Affordable Housing Week
The Housing Development Consortium (HDC) is starting a new annual tradition, Affordable Housing Week, to highlight the critical need for affordable housing in King County. Between May 16 and May 22 you can help raise awareness for more affordable homes in our region. You’ll be able to attend City or County Council meetings, contact your elected officials, and help spread the word on social media. Other advocacy activities are planned as well. Learn more on HDC’s website.

 Save-the-date: Closer to Home Fundraising Breakfast
Closer to Home
Fundraising Breakfast
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
7:30am networking and registration
8:00 – 9:00am program
Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, Benaroya Hall
Our sixth annual Closer to Home breakfast is coming up! This inspiring event will spotlight the critical work Bellwether is doing to address the widening gap between income and rent in our city and beyond.

And this year we’re excited to announce that the program will feature a keynote address by Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” award winner Matthew Desmond.

Matthew Desmond

Professor & Author, Matthew Desmond
Photo: © Michael Kienitz
His recent New York Times bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, explores the crisis faced by poor families in finding and maintaining affordable housing. You won’t want to miss this!

Join us and show your support of our efforts to help ensure stable futures for low-income people, all of whom need an affordable place to call home. Please contact Outreach & Communications Manager, Julie Lombardo, to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, and how you can be involved.
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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