February 13, 2013

In This Issue:
City Restores and Increases URS Funding!
Ernestine Anderson Place Opening!

Help End Homelessness

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City Restores and Increases URS Funding! 


Dear Urban Rest Stop Supporter,


Thank you to all of you who wrote and called Mayor McGinn to show your support for the Urban Rest Stop. I received a call from Dannette Smith, Director of the Human Services Department and she reassured me that City funding will be restored and, in fact, increased to the Rest Stop!


I was very pleased to learn that the City of Seattle is expediting the distribution of the $200,000 for day services allocated by the City Council during the City budget process last fall. The Urban Rest Stop, along with other day centers in the downtown core, will receive funding from this allocation; the Rest Stop's share will be $22,500 in 2013 and $23,017 in 2014. This money will assist in implementation of the Mayor's Center City Initiative by providing day services for homeless people in the downtown area to help them stabilize their lives and become more self-sufficient. During difficult financial times, I am happy to report that we can continue to work collaboratively with the City of Seattle.


Please thank Mayor McGinn and Ms. Smith for supporting crucial hygiene services that are needed by homeless men, women and children. The mayor can be reached at Mike.McGinn@seattle.gov and Ms. Smith can be reached at Dannette.Smith@seattle.gov


Thanks so much for your support,


Sharon H. Lee

Executive Director

Low Income Housing Institute



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Ernestine Anderson Place Grand Opening!     
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn reads official proclamation declaring February 8th, 2013 Ernestine Anderson Day to an appreciative Ernestine Anderson (far right).
Photo: Stephen Elaimy

On February 8th, LIHI held the Grand Opening of Ernestine Anderson Place in Seattle's Central District. Ernestine Anderson Place features permanent housing linked with supportive services for 45 homeless seniors, including 8 veterans, as well as housing for 15 low-income seniors. The building features generous community space for residents, including a library with computers, an exercise room, and a classroom.


Speakers celebrating the opening of the building and paying tribute to jazz legend Ernestine Anderson, who was in attendance with many family members, included Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. The City of Seattle provided $2.4 million in Housing Levy and HOME funds. 

Ernestine Anderson signs CD for her granddaughter. 
CD's for event provided by Concord Music Group. Photo: Ray White

King County Executiv  Dow Constantine, King County Council Chair Larry Gossett, Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen, and State Senator Adam Kline all paid tribute to Ms. Anderson and reminisced about the Central District's rich jazz and cultural history.


Also commemorating the occasion were United Way of King County Board Member Alex Torres, Enterprise VP MA Leonard, US Bank Executive Catherine Danigelis, and WSHFC Commissioner Faouzi Sefrioui.  Ms. Leonard noted that Enterprise provided $9.5 million in low income housing tax credits. 


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute artists Josie Howell, Honoria Hildreth, and Nikkita Oliver, humbled to be performing in the presence of Ms. Anderson, sanctified the occasion with poetry and song. 


Photo: Michael Walmsley



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