Congregations can offer time, talent AND treasure in local efforts to create affordable housing for families experiencing homelessness. This workshop will explore the different ways congregations can take the next step through conversation with people who have made it happen.

Guests Include:

Marty Kooistra, Executive Director Housing Development Consortium (Facilitator)

Beth Boram, Compass Housing Alliance

Susan Boyd, Bellwether Housing 

Workshop Notes Found Here: Leveraging Congregation Assets to Create Housing Notes

Workshop Materials:

Case Study: Emerald City Commons

This property was developed by Mercy Housing in partnership with Urban Impact.

Learn more: Urban Impact About Us

Emerald City Commons | Seattle | Opened Winter 2013

Mixed-use development with 60 affordable housing units and a health and fitness center in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood
Emerald City Commons

  • Location:  7700 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA
  • Unit size:  1 – 3 bedrooms
  • Income mix:  30% – 60% AMI; 12 units set aside for disabled residents and 12 set aside for large families
  • Mercy Housing Northwest is collaborating with Urban Impact to develop the four-story, mixed-use Emerald City Commons project. Many of the residential units are designed to accommodate families with children, and the large common room at the main residential entry opens into outdoor areas designed specifically for outdoor play. The three-bedroom apartments feature in-unit laundry machines, while the rest of the building will be served by two common laundry areas. Mercy Housing and Urban Impact will dedicate staff to support youth tutoring, health education, adult literacy, employment assistance, and other programming for residents. On the ground floor, the new Rainier Health and Fitness facility will allow the existing 1,200-member service to grow, providing affordable fitness programs for neighbors and residents.

Case Study: Gethsemane: Seattle’s Garden of Hope

Gethsemane Lutheran Church has formed partnerships with key Seattle human service organizations and is proceeding with plans for a $20 million construction and renovation project. Ground breaking is set for January 2011, with completion in early 2012.

The $20 million project includes:

Kindred Center, renovated worship, office, and gathering spaces for the congregation, and the inviting garden and chapel serving the community and congregation.

Hope Center, a partnership between Gethsemane and Mary’s Place, occupying 10,000 sq ft for services to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families

Compass Housing Alliance Center, five stories above the north side of the church, with 50 affordable housing apartments, including 10 for currently homeless, 10 for persons with disabilities

About the Gethsemane Compass Partnership

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