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Winter 2016 Newsletter DonateNowButton2 2
 

In this issue:
 

The Faces of Bellwether: Gretchen was a young, married mother of two when she started to suffer from symptoms of bipolar affective disorder. Read more.

Bellwether Receives City Funding - Twice! December 9th was a big day for Bellwether and Seattleites in need of an affordable home. Read more.

Housing and Homelessness Day: Bellwether staff and residents made their annual visit to Olympia to participate in Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day last week. Read more.

Save-the-date: GiveBIG is May 3rd: It’s still winter but spring is around the corner! Read more.

Update from Doug: A major focus of Bellwether’s strategic plan is advocacy: targeting and supporting increased affordable housing access for those in need
. Read more.
 



The Faces of Bellwether


Gretchen

Gretchen, Former Bellwether Resident

Gretchen was a young, married mother of two when she started to suffer from symptoms of bipolar affective disorder. As the disease progressed, her life got challenging. Her husband took custody of their children and she lived alone. She was having a hard time keeping a job and worried that she’d be evicted from her home. Her credit rating was negatively affected as well as she struggled to keep ahead of her bills.

Gretchen knew she needed to find an affordable place to live – and a job - in order to get her life in order. She found both. The Church Council of Greater Seattle helped Gretchen find temporary housing while she attended a job training program through Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI). This program led to secure employment. At the same time, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offered Gretchen a support group to help her manage her mental illness.

Gretchen was able to find stable, permanent housing at Bellwether’s Casa Pacifica. She moved in fall of 2004 and lived there for more than six years. Gretchen became much healthier during her time at Casa Pacifica. She built up her credit, walked to work, and, through consistency, was able to create a list of professional references for future use.

In time, Gretchen found a better job, another place to live and re-established her relationships with her children. She is currently working toward her Masters in Transformational Leadership at Seattle University, is about to start a mentor internship with Union Gospel Mission and is slated to be president of NAMI Seattle’s board of trustees.

Gretchen believes that her time at Casa Pacifica was an important part of her history. She wanted to reach out - and tell her story - to help others who might need it. She emphasized how important her time at Casa Pacifica was to her improved mental health. When asked what it meant to find an affordable place to live, Gretchen didn’t hesitate: “It was huge. [Bellwether] saved me. I could have easily been homeless.”


Your financial support provides people like Gretchen 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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Bellwether Housing receives City funding- twice!


University Apts

University District Apartments

December 9th was a big day for Bellwether and Seattleites in need of an affordable home. In a press conference held at University Congregational Church Mayor Murray made his announcements for this years’ funding round – the City’s largest ever. Bellwether is very excited to share that it received funding awards for both University District Apartments and 1511 Dexter Apartments. This is a huge step allowing Bellwether to move forward on all fronts with these apartment buildings. Bellwether expects to start construction on both in the fall – adding more than 200 new affordable places to live - with completion by late 2017 or early 2018.   
 
These projects will add permanent, affordable homes in two highly desirable neighborhoods: the University District apartments will serve low-income and homeless individuals and families (30 – 60% AMI) and the Dexter Avenue building, which borders the South Lake Union neighborhood, will serve low-income families and individuals earning 50% and 60% AMI.

 

1511Dexter

1511 Dexter Apartments

The entire organization is thrilled to be able to advance Bellwether’s mission, making it possible for people to live affordably near what they need – jobs, services, schools, and transit. Bellwether’s director of real estate development, Susan Boyd, expressed it best, “We are so excited to be at this important milestone for these projects.” 

To learn more, read the Mayor’s press release.
 


Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day
 

HHAD advocates

Advocates on the steps of the Capitol
 

Bellwether staff and residents made their annual visit to Olympia to participate in Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day last week. This day, organized by Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA), brought together residents, affordable housing staff/board members – and others – in order to send one consistent message to our lawmakers: support legislation that will help create and preserve more affordable places to live and that will end homelessness. It was an opportunity to be heard and seen, to weigh in on legislation that promotes affordable housing, and to send a clear message to our legislators that there’s an urgent need for safe, healthy, affordable homes throughout Washington. 600 citizens joined forces to make the day a success and Bellwether was proud to be a part of it!
 
Want to get involved? Learn more on WLIHA’s
advocacy agenda page.

 


Save-the-date: GiveBIG is May 3rd
 

GiveBig

It’s still winter but spring is around the corner! And Seattle Foundation’s 6th annual day of philanthropy – GiveBIG - is scheduled for May 3rd. This year’s theme is “Together We Can Make An Impact” and every donation made increases in size through the Seattle Foundation's stretch pool funded by the foundation, corporate sponsors and local philanthropists.

Whether you are new to GiveBIG or a dedicated supporter, please consider a gift to Bellwether on this date. Together we can build on the momentum that this day brings and help more people live affordably.

Mark your calendars to
GiveBIG on May 3rd

 


 
 
Update from Doug 
 
Doug Daley

Doug Daley

A major focus of Bellwether’s strategic plan is advocacy: targeting and supporting increased affordable housing access for those in need. With the recent One Night Count fresh in our minds, the significance – and urgency - of our work is made that much clearer.
I believe that all of us can be advocates and can effect change in a positive way. I welcome your involvement to ensure that progress is made this year. Following is a short list of the initiatives and bills Bellwether supports:
Thanks in advance for getting involved and helping to have our voices heard. Your support will make Seattle an equitable, affordable city for everyone.

Doug Daley
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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