We’re excited to announce that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has selected us for its Neighborhood Builders program. The award includes leadership training for select staff and $200,000 in unrestricted grant funding, which will be applied to our capital development programs.
“We know that as the region’s economy strengthens, new construction and rising rents in emerging Seattle neighborhoods have created real obstacles for many low-income families,” said M.J. Kiser, program director at Compass Housing. “At the same time, King County is experiencing a critical shortage of affordable housing and shelter beds for individuals and families in need. By expanding the existing housing stock, we create a welcoming place for people in our community who are experiencing homelessness.”
Upcoming projects include the opening of a new Day Center with 50 shelter beds on Rainier Avenue; the Compass on Dexter project in South Lake Union, with affordable housing and support services for families and individuals; and Ronald Commons in Shoreline, which will offer affordable housing for low-income individuals, families and veterans.
As the results of the 2014 One Night Count show, the need for expanded affordable housing and shelter capacity in King County is tremendous. This award enables Compass Housing to continue to expand its reach to individuals and families in need, allowing us to serve more people in 2014 and beyond than ever before.