October 2012  

In This Issue
Day of Caring
Gala & Auction!
Celebration of Service
AHDLI Conference
WWU Parnership

Help End Homelessness

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Day of Caring

United Way Day of Caring at LIHI


Day of Caring is the largest one day mobilization of volunteers in King County sponsored by the United Way. On September 21, LIHI collaborated with seven fantastic volunteer teams to complete projects at low income housing sites across Seattle. 58 volunteers painted community rooms and hallways, weeded and raked gardens and green spaces,  helping LIHI preserve housing for homeless women, families, veterans, seniors and low income individuals. Dozens of bags of yard waste were removed and fall flowers were planted to add color to autumn gardens. Tenants at two properties can now enjoy a fresh coat of paint in their communal spaces. We're so inspired by the energy & enthusiasm of our Day of Caring volunteers from Microsoft, Washington Federal, Seattle University, Vulcan, AT&T and the Swedish Medical Group. Thank you for spending your Day of Caring with LIHI! For more photos visit Day of Caring Photos


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LIHI Gala & Auction!


Come Celebrate with LIHI at our 10th Annual Benefit Gala & Auction on Friday Nov 2nd at the Hyatt Olive 8.  Enjoy good wine and food, bid on exciting auction items, and support LIHI's Urban Rest Stop and Supportive Service Programs.  Tickets


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Home Depot Celebration of Service
"Celebration of Service": 100 volunteers transformed homes of four elderly veterans in Central Area & SE Seattle


On Thursday, Sept. 6,  LIHI, Home Depot and the Central Area Development Association came together to honor four senior military veterans and lend them a helping hand with various housing needs.


100 volunteers from Home Depot Associates worked all day repairing and remodeling four homes of elderly veterans in SE & Central Seattle. A special kick-off celebration with speakers was held at one of the homes. We were joined by Sherry Caraway from the Home Depot Foundation, Seattle Council Member Nick Licata & Seattle Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, among others.

The volunteer projects in Seattle were an integral part of a larger nationwide event in which The Home Depot store associate volunteers repaired and renovated the homes of 100 veterans in a single day.


Many local news outlets covered the event: 


KOMO (ABC)  View Clip

KING (NBC) -  View Clip

KPCQ (FOX) - View Clip 

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Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute 


In July, Sharon Lee and Housing Developer John Torrence, along with Joe Gruber of the University Food Bank (UFB), attended the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (AHDLI) at the Parsons New School for Design in New York. The conference was sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, and had seven teams from throughout the US presenting affordable housing projects of different sizes and scopes.


The LIHI and UFB team attended the conference to present the upcoming University Commons project.   The University Commons project is a collaboration between LIHI and UFB to provide 40 to 50 units of affordable housing for homeless street youth and youths in danger of becoming homeless (18-25), along with a new location for the University Food Bank.  The property at 5017 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle's U-District will have the new food bank on the first floor with 3 floors of housing above and a green roof.


The project was presented as part of a 2 day design charrette that involved a panel of design experts. A design charrette is an intensive process where developers present a concept or project to a group of designers, who then discuss the project and work with the developer to decide what works and doesn't work in an effort to make a better project.  The design panel included such design heavyweights as Adele Naude Santos from MIT, William Morrish of Parsons The New School for Design, and Bryan Bell of the Public Interest Design Institute, to name a few.


Sharon presented the project for the group and the feedback provided by the design panel and other developers gave the project many useful suggestions that LIHI was able to bring back to the project architect, Runberg Architecture Group, to use in making the project even better for our future tenants.


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Celebrating a new partnership with Western Washington University 


Last week LIHI and WWU's Extended Programs and Woodring College of Education kicked off a new partnership aiming to assist LIHI residents with computer training and job searching. WWU graduate program students will volunteer with refugee and US-born tenants who are unemployed or underemployed to develop job seeking skills such as completing online employment applications and interviewing. While assisting residents with job applications, volunteers will emphasize practicing computer technology and English communication skills to help program participants become more competitive as prospective employees. LIHI is excited about our new partnership and we look forward to the difference it will make in the lives of our residents!


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