The need for affordable housing has never been greater
“I live on $776 a month (from Social Security disability). That’s it. My rent is $203. That includes heat, garbage, water and TV. I’m comfortable, I’m warm, and I’m lucky.”
Imagine Housing resident
The increasingly high cost of living in East King County is forcing families to move into areas with no transportation, few job opportunities and little personal security. In the worst cases, these families – along with vulnerable people like veterans and seniors – end up hopeless and homeless.
Imagine Housing is creating solutions to this problem by bringing affordable housing to East King County. We combat issues like:
According to the 2016 One Night Count, 245 people were found unsheltered on the Eastside – an 83 percent increase from 2015.
There are more than 2,600 households on our property waitlists.
The average rent in Kirkland has risen 34 percent over the last three years. (Seattle Office of Housing)
“The King-Eastside sub-region has the highest overall rent in the region, currently averaging $1,577/month, up 7 percent over the past year.” (Kidder Matthews research, first quarter 2015)
296 students were reported as homeless during the 2014-2015 school year in the Lake Washington School District. (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction)
1 in 10 families in East King County are low income. Yet affordable housing units make up less that 1 in 100 available homes. (A Regional Coalition for Housing, Housing 101 East King County, May 2011)
“Bellevue is a caring community, full of wonderful people. But too many of us sometimes take for granted what others may only imagine: a safe, stable roof over their heads. Imagine Housing steps in to provide affordable rental homes to people who are struggling. That doesn’t just help the homeless and low-income people served by Imagine Housing. It benefits each and every resident of our community by making Bellevue more livable, more welcoming and more vibrant for us all”
Conrad Lee, Mayor of Bellevue