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RCommons_001Compass Housing Alliance, Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Church broke ground October 12, 2015 on Ronald Commons, a new affordable housing project with an on-site 12,000-square-foot Integrated Service Center. Slated for completion in late 2016, Ronald Commons will offer services and permanent, affordable housing to sixty formerly homeless and low-income households, including families and veterans.

Compass Executive Director Janet Pope Helps Turn the Soil for Ronald Commons
Compass Executive Director Janet Pope Helps Turn the Soil for Ronald Commons

All sixty units are reserved for households earning 30 percent or 50 percent less than the Area Median Income, with rents well below area average. The property helps expand the availability of affordable housing in Shoreline.

“Compass Housing Alliance is very excited to be developing our first permanent housing facility in Shoreline to meet the need for affordable housing. Ronald Commons will be within a community where residents can access multiple supports on their path to stability as well as the schools, arts, and other amenities that make Shoreline such a wonderful place to live,” said Janet Pope, Compass Housing Alliance Executive Director.

More than housing, Ronald Commons combines the resources, talent and vision of three organizations with deep roots in the community. Hopelink will own and operate a new Integrated Service Center on site with a grocery-style food bank and other critical services for the broader community.

“This groundbreaking celebrates the culmination of a dynamic long-term partnership and represents our shared vision to bring stability and progress to the lives of thousands more families in need in the greater Shoreline community,” Lauren Thomas, Executive Director of Hopelink, said. “Although Hopelink has long served this area, we are thrilled with creating our first permanent home together in Shoreline, as Ronald Commons will enable us to help more low-income families and individuals acquire the tools and skills they need in order to exit poverty for good.”

Ronald United Methodist Church has a long history of actively serving the local community, guided by a belief in “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” As part of the Ronald Commons project, Ronald United Methodist has nearly completed a remodel of the church building that expands space for community partners and furthers its mission of community outreach.

“The Ronald Commons project began nearly 5 years ago as a vision for our faith community. We wanted very much to be in mission to our neighborhood and our community, as we are in mission in various ways all over the world. In creating Ronald Commons, we have crafted a unique partnership that bridges the sacred and the secular, and supports the mission and vision of Ronald, which is to be a diverse, faithful, active community reaching out in service, hospitality, and hope,” said Pastor Paula Mccutcheon, Pastor of Ronald United Methodist Church.

Compass Housing Alliance, Hopelink, and Ronald United Methodist Church will celebrate the groundbreaking with a ceremony and open house from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Monday, October 12 at Ronald Commons: 17839 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline.

For Ronald Commons’ affordable housing construction, Compass Housing Alliance’s primary team includes development consultant Beacon Development Group, SMR Architects, and general contractor Walsh Construction.

To finance Ronald Commons, Compass Housing Alliance has received a combination of funds and support from the City of Shoreline, King County Housing Finance Program, King County Veterans and Human Services Levy, WA State Housing Trust Fund, WA State Housing Finance Commission, Impact Capital, National Equity Fund, Bank of America, Home Depot Foundation, LISC/Met Life, McEachern Charitable Trust, WA State Department of Commerce, and the Sambataro Family Foundation.

A veteran finds a home, and time to heal, at Compass on Dexter

When meeting Chuck, one finds a person with a calm and friendly demeanor, soft-spoken and measured in his words. What one doesn’t see are the invisible scars, left over from his time in the Army during the first Gulf War.

A formerly homeless veteran, Chuck and his wife, Michelle, live in an apartment at Compass on Dexter. His rent is subsidized by his VASH voucher, a federal program that provides housing assistance for military veterans.

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At Compass on Dexter, a place for second – and first – chances

Carla and her son J’Carlo, 7, were among the first people to move into
Compass on Dexter, our affordable housing for families in South Lake Union.

At Compass, we believe in second chances. Everyone deserves the opportunity to overcome whatever barriers they might face in life. But too many young people in our community don’t even get a first chance at success. They watch parents battle health problems or struggle to find a job, share in the trauma and anxiety that come with a lack of housing, and slip farther behind their peers in school. They are the 32,494 students in Washington State who are homeless. Continue reading