Growing to meet the need
The need for affordable housing and supportive services in our community continues to grow. As the economy slowly makes its way back to health, the resources available for struggling individuals and families remain sparse. In response, Imagine Housing is finding innovative ways to build more housing so that the need in our community is met. Currently, we are hard at work on new developments in the coming years. These include:
Totem Lake Phase II:
Next door to Francis Village Apartments (which Imagine Housing completed at the end of 2011), Imagine Housing has secured the adjoining lot and is in the process of securing funds for a 95 residence affordable apartment community for seniors. As the population in our region continues to age, Imagine Housing is working to ensure that there is adequate housing for seniors. This community is slated to break ground in 2015 and open to residents in 2016.
Imagine Housing submitted a request for funding in 2014 to The Washington State Department of Commerce, Housing Trust Fund for our Totem Lake Phase II – Senior (TL II) project in Kirkland. We were saddened to learn in December 2014 that we did not secure funding from the Housing Trust Fund for that budget year. Funding was designated to projects in the order of priority as prescribed by the legislature when the LEAP (Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program) List was established in 2012. Totem Lake Phase II – Senior was 16th on the list out of 17 projects.
Even with this unexpected setback, Imagine Housing is still exploring out of the box ideas (private investment, corporate sponsors, benefactors) to break ground on this project.
There is still a critical need and demand for affordable senior housing in Kirkland and strong support for Totem Lake Phase II – Senior from the City of Kirkland, the Kirkland Senior Advisory Council, the Kirkland Senior Center, and the surrounding community. Imagine Housing’s current waitlist has over 3,000 households seeking affordable housing on the Eastside. At least 450 households, or 15 percent of the waitlist would be eligible for senior housing. We anticipate at least 50 percent, or roughly 225 of those senior households, would be interested in living at Totem Lake Phase II – Senior. This is in addition to interested senior households that are not currently on our waitlist.
We hope that you will ask your legislators to support adequate funding for the Washington State Department of Commerce, Housing Trust Fund in the 2015-2017 biennium budget so that we can continue building affordable homes for our neighbors on the Eastside.
“It’s giving our children the chance to be something that we probably weren’t able to become, and giving them the tools that they need to be successful in life.” Imagine Housing Resident