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Senator Murray's Press Conference on Vets' Budget Cuts
Thank you Boeing Employees Community Fund!
Housing Advocacy Day 2011
Valentines & Socks
LIHI 20th Anniversary Report
LIHI Featured in Green Business Quarterly

Be Our Partner in Ending Homelessness


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LIHI's 9th Annual Dinner/Auction

October 28, 2011

Hyatt Olive 8 Hotel.

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MISSION: Founded in 1991, The Low Income Housing Institute's (LIHI) mission is to develop, own and operate housing for the benefit of low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people in Washington State; advocate for just housing policies at the local and national levels; and administer a range of supportive service programs to assist those we serve in maintaining stable housing and increasing their self-sufficiency.

LIHI Board of Directors

 Melinda Nichols, State of Washington,

Board President


Alan Castle, Retired 

Social Worker, Board Vice-President/Secretary


 Henry McGee, Seattle University School of Law; Board Treasurer

Linda Battles, Youth Advocate


Roderick Butler, N3 Architects


Michael Fait, KeyBank

Duncan Haas, Photographer
Joe Ingram, Vets Edge
Pearl Leung, Vulcan, Inc.

Dwight Prevo, Wells Fargo

Beverly Sims, Renton Public Health Center

George Waters, Goodwill Development Association

Marian Yearby, Youth & Outreach Services
Sharon H. Lee, Executive Director



Message from Executive Director Sharon Lee


LIHI is pleased to name our new 62-unit building in Seattle's University District after Larry Gossett, Chair of the King County Council. 


The LIHI Board selected the name Gossett Place in honor of Councilman Gossett, a champion for civil rights and social justice throughout the region. He was a co-founder and leader of the Black Student Union and worked at the Office of Minority Affairs at University of Washington. He is highly regarded for his work at CAMP, an anti-poverty agency, and has served on the King County Council since 1993.  


Gossett Place will provide 70 homeless men and women, including veterans, permanent housing linked with supportive services in a wonderful location with convenient access to jobs, transit, the University District Farmers Market and other amenities.  Construction is well underway and we plan to open Gossett Place in July. 


LIHI is celebrating our 20th Anniversary this year!  As I look back on the early efforts to establish LIHI in 1991, it is clear that a strong vision has been the hallmark of LIHI's work. Housing as a basic human right continues to drive us. 


LIHI staff have developed over 3,600 units stretching across six counties. Our portfolio includes 1,845 units housing over 3,871 people. 1,332 units house previously homeless households.  I am in awe of the incredible teamwork of staff, funders, donors and volunteers, each of whom have contributed to LIHI's accomplishments.  


Please join us in our celebration this year!  Save the date for October 28th, LIHI's 20th Anniversary Gala and Auction. 

 Senator Patty Murray Holds Press Conference on Veterans' Budget Cuts


On March 21st, Senator Patty Murray held a press conference at LIHI's McDermott Place to show support for the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) Vouchers -which are being threatened with cuts in the House budget.


"I am deeply concerned that the House of Representatives has eliminated this program in their budget and we are fighting very hard to try to get the money back in," stated Senator Patty Murray.  


McDermott Place has 10 HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans.  You can help by contacting your Representative in Congress to ask them not to eliminate the HUD-VASH program.  


At the press conference, three veterans spoke about how they became homeless and how the HUD VASH program helped them. Read more....


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Thank you Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound for a $35,000 grant to help homeless veterans!

 Boeing Arion Visit

LIHI Board member Alan Castle on left with Robley Evans and David Hopkins of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound at LIHI's Arion Court.

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"Every Heart Needs a Home" -- Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2011

LIHI and other advocates  met with Rep. Tina Orwell (4th from right) on funding the Housing Trust Fund and mediation for homeowners facing foreclosure.  

On a rainy, cold February 14th, over 500 Washington residents came to Olympia to rally in support of afford-able housing on the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. 

Housing advocates, low-income people and homeless people, and concerned citizens gathered at the United Churches in Olympia to hear from community and elected leaders about pending housing legislation and how best to advocate with their state senators and representatives.

Valentine Day cards and letters were delivered to legislators urging them to give their hearts to affordable housing.

Valentines and Socks for LIHI's Urban Rest Stop


The students and parents of View Ridge Elementary School in Seattle held a school-wide 'Sock Drive' which resulted in over 500 pairs of socks and beautiful, hand-made Valentines for patrons of LIHI's Urban Rest Stop (URS)!

On February 12th, the students and parents arrived at the URS and delivered the socks and student-crafted Valentines to URS patrons. Smiles and thank you's were exchanged all around!

From the many messages written within each individual Valentine, it's clear that the students at View Ridge Elementary had discussed what it meant to be homeless. This clear demonstration of concern and empathy is a great gift to the Urban Rest Stop.

"Thank you very much, View Ridge Elementary!"


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See upcoming LIHI 20th Anniversary Report to the Community!  Watch for it in the March 25th issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Thank you to our underwriters:  KeyBank, Walsh Construction Company, Enterprise, and Runberg Architecture Group.

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LIHI's 50 units of senior housing at The Bart Harvey is featured in Green Business Quarterly (Mar/Apr 2011)  


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