|Summer 2016 Newsletter
In this issue:
The Faces of Bellwether: Yaminah is a single mother juggling parenting, a full-time job, trying to make ends meet. Read more.
Vote YES for Prop. 1 this Tuesday: The primary is tomorrow and we need you to support affordable housing in Seattle! Read more.
South Lake Union Block Party - Come Visit Us: We've been invited to participate - and we can't wait! Read more.
Bellwether Works Against Displacement: People living in Rainier Beach are more likely to be forced out of the neighborhood due to increasing rents. Read more.
Read our 2015 Annual Report: How many Bellwether properties did the City fund in 2015? Read more.
Mark Your Calendar - Closer to Home is Oct 19th: Our sixth annual Closer to Home breakfast is coming up! Read more.
Union Bank Funds Bellwether Program: All of us are grateful for this financial support of our Resident Services Coordinator Program. Read more.
The Faces of Bellwether
Yaminah, Bellwether Resident
When you are a single mother juggling parenting, a full-time job and trying to make ends meet, dreams like furthering your education can seem out of reach. But Yaminah didn’t let life’s many challenges deter her from achieving her goals.
Yaminah and her three children moved into Casa Pacifica Apartments in 2008. Having a safe, affordable home for her family provided enough stability that she was able to pursue and receive a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Early Childhood Instruction.
In 2012, Yaminah and her children moved to The Parker, another Bellwether property in family-friendly Queen Anne. “I take pride in living here because it has so many benefits and resources that my kids need.” Their apartment is close to a park and in a school district that can support her older son’s special needs.
Today, Yaminah works full-time teaching strategies and curriculum to educators to help build a strong early learning system for children throughout King County. She is also pursuing her PhD in Psychology. Someday, Yaminah hopes to own her own home but for now she is grateful for all the opportunities living at Bellwether has provided.
Your financial support provides people like Yaminah 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.
Vote YES for Prop. 1 on August 2nd
The primary is tomorrow and we need you to support affordable housing in Seattle!
Proposition 1 will renew and expand the expiring Seattle Housing Levy. Bellwether has enthusiastically endorsed this important affordable housing measure, and we encourage you to vote YES.
The Levy has a 35-year track record of success and has helped to produce and preserve over 12,500 affordable rental homes. And this new levy will add 2,150 homes - ensuring our neighborhoods are affordable to all people who make our communities strong.
Want to learn more? Click here for a fact sheet outlining all the investment programs this Levy will support.
Thanks in advance for voting YES for Proposition 1! Together we'll make it possible for more people to live affordably.
Come Visit Us at the South Lake Union Block Party
We've been invited to participate in the South Lake Union Block Party - and we can't wait! Bellwether's Casa Pacifica Apartments has been in the neighborhood for years (way back when it was called the Cascade Neighborhood) so we're excited to be a part of this friendly neighborhood celebration. The event is free and features live music, great food and drink, and some art. You'll also get to know some of the local businesses too. So swing by and say "hello".
Learn more about event details here.
Bellwether Works Against Displacement
Location of new Bellwether property
According to the City of Seattle, people currently living in Rainier Beach are more likely than folks in any other Seattle neighborhood to be forced out of the city as a result of increasing rents.
Bellwether recently purchased a large parcel of land in this part of town. It is our intention to build affordable housing on this land, creating opportunities for lower income people to remain in this community and benefit from emerging employment and educational opportunities.
Predevelopment work is scheduled to start in January 2017 and Bellwether is beginning to think about the potential benefits of onsite partnerships with other nonprofits. Childcare, support for immigrants and refugees, job training and addiction recovery services are just a few of the ideas that have emerged.
You can read more about the City's plans for this neighborhood - and how affordable housing fits into the framework here.
Creating, Preserving, Pioneering, and Leading:
Read Our 2015 Annual Report
How many Bellwether properties did the City fund in 2015? The answer is... two!
We're excited to share more details about the City funding - as well as other news and events - in our 2015 Annual Report.
All the stories highlight our mission-driven work to serve our residents by making it possible for people to live affordably near what they need -- jobs, services, schools, and transit. We continue to do this in Seattle for our own portfolio and throughout the region for our housing development clients. We’re proud of our success, and grateful to you - our dedicated partners and contributors - who stand with us in our belief that everyone should have an affordable, safe place to call home.
Read the report here.
Mark your calendar:
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.
Professor & Author, Matthew Desmond
Photo: © Michael Kienitz
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.
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 call (206) 957-2700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, and how you can be involved.
Union Bank Funds Resident Services Coordinator Program
All of us are grateful for Union Bank's continued support of our Resident Services Coordinator program. This $15,000 grant will make it possible for our dedicated staff to help more than 240 families and individuals connect to the community resources they need to be successful. Thank you!
Want to learn more about this program? Our Director of Property Management, Sue Selman, was featured recently as part of Daily Journal of Commerce’s Senior Housing special. Read the article to discover how significant this program is to the senior residents we serve. We’ve recently expanded the program to include other non-senior residents in one of our buildings in southeast Seattle. This is a significant milestone and reinforces the importance of the program and the need to help all our residents.
|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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