Imagine Housing on New Day Northwest

Comcast is partnering with Imagine Housing to pilot a brand new public wifi network at Imagine Housing’s Velocity apartments in Kirkland. The service will make public wifi available in the lobby of apartment buildings, and will be available city-wide in the coming months.

Steve Kipp, VP of Communications at Comcast, and Anne Levine from Imagine Housing, joined New Day on Thursday to discuss the new service.

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Press Release: Imagine Housing Opens 13th Affordable Apartment Community

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Imagine Housing Opens 13th Affordable Apartment Community

Kirkland – In November 2013, Imagine Housing started building Velocity, a beautiful new affordable housing community within the South Kirkland Park & Ride redevelopment.  Now, a year later, they are celebrating the Grand Opening as 58 families and individuals are welcomed into their new homes. The Grand Opening will take place on Friday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Velocity Apartments, 10711 NE 37th Court Kirkland, WA 98033. US Representative Suzan DelBene, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Jane Hague will speak.

Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms and allow for individuals as well as families to reside in this affordable housing.  Imagine Housing also offers on-site supportive services, including case management for formerly homeless individuals and after-school programming for kids to ensure that residents have the critical foundation of housing and support to excel.

Imagine Housing was proud to partner with Polygon Northwest on this transit-oriented development project. Imagine Housing is delighted by the work of SMR Architects and W.G. Clark Construction who designed and built the building, finishing the project on time and on budget!

When asked about Imagine Housing’s mission to build on the Eastside, Executive Director Ann Levine responded: “Mixed income development supports a strong Eastside.  As we seek to grow and support local businesses, we need to offer affordable housing options for people across the income spectrum.  This development will allow people the opportunity to live, work and thrive in our East King County community.”

Velocity meets Evergreen standards for energy efficiency, saving valuable resources and contributing to a clean planet. The homes have been built with both the residents and sustainability in mind, achieving a balance between gorgeous finishes and long-term durability with environmentally-friendly materials.  Velocity has a living green roof that is beautiful and soothing while also reducing water runoff and turbidity into the storm sewer system.  In addition, Imagine Housing incorporated many other environmentally friendly elements into Velocity: universal design and full visit-ability; allergen reducing adhesives and paints; sustainable materials; construction waste recycling; low flow fixtures; and LED and low-energy light fixtures throughout the building.

For more information: www.imaginehousing.org.

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Imagine Housing empowers individuals and families, supports diversity and strengthens communities by developing permanent affordable rental housing and providing supportive services.  Since 1987, Imagine Housing has built affordable apartment communities so that, regardless of income, individuals and families in East King County have stable housing and strong support in diverse communities that empower success and foster a high quality of life.  For more information on Imagine Housing and its services, call 425.576.5190.

Eastside Baby Corner and Their Impact on the Community

Eastside Baby Corner, a non-profit organization located in Issaquah, is one of the major contributors of basic necessities to expectant families and children on the Eastside.  Founded in 1990 by Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, the organization serves families with low incomes to assure every child can thrive by providing them with basic necessities they need.

Eastside Baby Corner partners with partner agencies to serve children birth to five and expectant families.  Each week, volunteers and staff from Eastside Baby Corner collect donations and purchase items to distribute to their partner agencies. The items range from diapers, wipes, formula, clothes, car seats, school supplies, furniture, birthday gifts, maternity clothes, etc.

In 2012, Imagine Housing formed a partnership with Eastside Baby Corner and since then we have received items weekly.  Parents and caregivers place orders through the Resident Support Specialists at their property and every Thursday we pick them up and distribute them to the residents.

We are fortunate to have two volunteers to our team, Kay Lynn and Joan through Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, who are picking up and delivering all of the items to the properties.  With their support the Resident Support Specialists are given more time to be present at our communities.

At the beginning of our partnership we were allowed to order a total of 20 items a week for the children across our Imagine Housing communities.  Due to such a high demand, we now receive 80 items weekly, being one of Eastside Baby Corner’s larger partnerships.  In 2013, Imagine Housing residents received 3,337 items, valuing $180,434.50.  In total, Eastside Baby Corner distributed 40,069 items, valuing $4,527,034.  This is a powerful visual demonstrating what an incredible impact they have on the Eastside communities they serve.

~Molly Statham, Resident Support Specialist, Andrew’s Glen

Seven Months: A Life Changing Experience

About seven months ago, I discovered Imagine Housing’s listing on volunteermatch.com. After contacting and meeting with Eric (Imagine Housing Resident Support Specialist), I began volunteering at Johnson Hill and Mine Hill’s after-school program. The kids there welcomed me with open arms. They were kind and filled with love.

As I got to know them more, my eyes were opened to completely new perspectives.  I learned to become more accepting and understanding of everyone I encounter, because I never know what they are going through. The kids I met are so strong.  Regardless of what challenges life throws them, they stand up, overcome obstacles, and decide to have a good day.

During the spring, I decided to host a fundraiser to help fund meals during Imagine Housing’s summer youth programs.  In the summer months, I became a Youth Programs Intern and helped run day camps for kids at the Highland Gardens, Johnson Hill, Mine Hill, and Andrew’s Arms communities.

The after-school and summer programs at the different sites has had such a huge impact on me. Every day, I looked forward to spending time with the kids. It was interesting to see how kids of such different ages interact so well with one another (of course, with a few bumps in the road).

Within just seven months, watching the kids grow, mature, and adapt to different situations has been amazing. To see how much joy, excitement, and energy they are filled with each and every day is inspiring. I love the youth programs and how positively they affect everyone involved with them.

I am also amazed by Imagine Housing. Seeing that their best interest is in the residents is wonderful. They are committed to adapting services to meet the needs of each resident. They have community dinners to bring together and strengthen communities. They work so hard to be able to provide people with dignified housing options, and there is so much diversity in these communities.

I look forward to seeing this nonprofit grow and expand, in building new locations and creating more programs and opportunities for residents.

~Mikahila Villani, Youth Programs Intern