Stability, support, community

Older veteran in a wheelchairImagine Housing steps in when life deals a blow – the family left homeless by a lost job and a mortgage foreclosure; the veteran on the streets because of mental or physical disability; the senior couple whose savings were wiped out by the recession; the mother and children with no permanent place to live after fleeing domestic violence. We offer our residents a safe and stable place to live and a strong support network to build their confidence and their educational, employment, financial and life management skills.

We rely on partnerships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, lenders, architects, contractors, and city, state and federal governments to build and operate attractive, innovative and well managed apartment buildings in communities across East King County. Collaboration with these community partners ensures that we are fully responsive to community needs and helps make Imagine Housing more efficient and effective in delivering on our mission.

What is affordable housing?
It’s opening the door to a brighter future.

Two boys and mom, smiling and hugging each otherImagine Housing provides homes to more than 1,100 people, including over 400 children and 150 seniors. Our residents earn an average income of less than $20,000 a year, and virtually all of them pay a portion of their income toward rent – an average of $504 a month for our 13 properties. The rents that residents pay are intended to be affordable based on where residents fall within federal low-income guidelines. Our residents’ own goals for success become our goals too, as we work with them to help them stabilize and maintain their housing and improve their lives.

Imagine Housing residents share in the life of their communities and contribute to the economic vitality of their surrounding neighborhoods and cities. To create a sense of community and to provide close-by support for our residents, we develop apartment complexes close to public transit, living-wage jobs, excellent schools, shopping and community services. Living near services, schools and jobs also combats the high cost of transportation – gasoline, tolls, auto maintenance – that can be a roadblock to self-sufficiency for many residents. Affordable housing allows families to live where they work, reducing area traffic and commute times for parents, increasing the community tax base and advancing the quality of life for everyone who lives here.