Compass Housing Alliance came together with our partners Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Church, community leaders and members to celebrate the February 17th grand opening of Ronald Commons in Shoreline.
Residents, including veterans, families with pets, and persons with disabilities, are now settling in to the 60 units of permanent and supportive affordable housing. Hopelink’s onsite Integrated Service Center is set to serve residents and the surrounding community with a grocery store style food bank, financial education, family services and more.
Together with our partners, we are working to meet the needs these families and community members have today as well as supporting their future growth and success.
Compass was honored to have our Veterans and Cascade Women’s Program residents share their stories and creativity at the Seattle Symphony’s Charles Ives performances. We send special thanks to the Symphony’s CEO Simon Woods for his visionary leadership in connecting the arts and social services in such a meaningful way.
As part of their Simple Gifts Initiative, the Symphony invited clients from Compass Housing Alliance and three other area organizations to listen to Charles Ives’ New England Holidays and create art in response to the music. The art was layered with portraits of the participants in a video to accompany the Symphony’s February 2nd and 4th performances of the Ives work.
In the early morning hours of Friday, January 27th, volunteers flooded the Compass Center and spread out across Seattle and King County to count people sleeping in cars, tents, and in the open.
All Home coordinated the effort with over 1,000 volunteers working in small teams of 3 or 4, led by paid team guides who are currently or formerly homeless.
Unlike with counts done in previous years, the final numbers will be released in spring rather than immediately. That’s due to changes in methodology to incorporate data from area shelters and transitional housing to give a more complete picture of homelessness throughout King County.
Thanks to everyone who joined us, All Home, community partners, and Mayor Ed Murray for your help and support. We look forward to learning the results of the count in the coming months as we continue to work on solutions to homelessness in our community.
Compass Housing Alliance, Hopelink and Ronald United Methodist Churchbroke 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.
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.