Everyone should have the opportunity to live
in a safe, healthy, affordable home
2015 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards
Thursday, October 22 5:00-7:00 PM
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Nominate Individual, Group or Organization (link to form)
2014 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards
MDC - Randall Townsend Apartments
MDC purchased and completely renovated the Baywatch building -an abandoned eyesore attracting a rough element-making the neighborhood safer and more attractive. MDC worked closely with outreach workers from several organizations to identify tenants and ensure goodness of fit both for those coming off the street and the community. Individuals will be offered educational and employment opportunities, and encouragement, on-site through MDC's various asset-building programs. The project has a health clinic and behavioral health services on-site for those who will need specialized care after living on the streets for extended periods of time. Costs of community care (emergency rooms, jails, EMT, police and fire) will decrease, while hope is restored to individuals who haven't felt hope for a long time.
Senator Jeannie Darneille
Senator Jeannie Darneille represents the 27th Legislative District in the Senate, building upon her experience gained during 12 years in the House of Representatives. She understands the needs and concerns of families struggling to make ends meet. In the House, Representative Darneille worked to increase education funding for all learners; expanded health care for children, families, and the disabled; developed a safe environment for children and adults to learn, grow, and thrive; safeguarded civil liberties; and promoted economic opportunities to create living-wage jobs that improve the well-being of families. As a Senator she draws on over 30 years experience working in nonprofit social service agencies, as well as a deep awareness of issues such as health care, poverty, homelessness, homophobia and mental health. Between legislative sessions, Senator Darneille consults with nonprofit organizations undergoing leadership transitions.
Housing 4 Success: Associated Ministries, Shared Housing Services, REACH Center, and Vadis
3,000 youth are living in some form of temporary housing or are at risk of homelessness in Pierce County abandoned, aged out of foster care, or escaped from abuse. An estimated 40% are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, forced from homes because their families cannot accept who they are. Their poverty, inexperience, and lack of resources puts them at extreme risk of substance abuse, physical and mental health issues, suicide, pregnancy, violence, and sexual exploitation. Even so, Pierce County did not have a single shelter bed for unaccompanied homeless youth age 13-24. City of Tacoma and Pierce County approached local nonprofits to explore possible solutions. Intensive planning led to the Housing for Success program, including three tracks: Host Home (Shared Housing Services finds and trains homeowners willing to open their homes and provide passive mentoring), Independent Living (REACH finds apartments for young adults with more independent skills), and Group Homes (Associated Ministries manages and provides case management for a boys' home & girls' home). REACH provides case management, and Vadis provides employment and life skills training. The program found homes and provided services to over 75 unaccompanied homeless youth in 2013 alone. Nearly all are still involved, or have successfully exited to permanent housing of their own. Some have graduated from high school, gone on to college or technical schools, and found gainful employment.
Bay Terrace (for Tacoma Housing Authority) was first awarded to GGLO near the start of the recession, then delayed due to lack of funding. When it resumed in 2012, construction costs had changed significantly. A nearly complete re-design was required, with less money for sustainability and LEED goals. GGLO worked closely with THA and Absher to creatively incorporate sustainable features within the new, limited budget. Instead of simply capturing LEED points, they focused on benefits to the end user and environment, including use of both local & recycled materials, and energy & water saving features that reduce tenant utility bills. 38% of materials came from within a 500 mile radius, over 17% was made of recycled material, and 95% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. In the end, the project exceeded original goals and was awarded LEED Gold for the townhomes (16 units) and Community Center. The 54-unit apartment building is currently registered for LEED Certified.
When people spend too much money on housing, they don't have enough money left to cover other basic needs, such as transportation, food and health care, or to cope with emergencies.
Affordable housing provides attractive, low-cost homes for people who simply do not earn enough to pay for "market-rate" apartments. It gives people with low and modest incomes safe and decent places to live in our communities.
Formed in 2001, the Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium is a nonprofit organization of 62 housing providers, lenders, and other stakeholders who work in Pierce County to provide a unified voice for affordable housing in our community.