June 2013
Ernestine Anderson Place Wins Award!
Senator Maria Cantwell presented LIHI the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for Ernestine Anderson Place on May 22 at the Capitol. Ernestine Anderson Place received honorable mention for Senior Housing. The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) sponsors this national awards program to recognize the most outstanding Low Income Housing Tax Credit properties and to celebrate the best in affordable rental housing. Enterprise is LIHI's tax credit partner.

LIHI Boardmember Pearl Leung (front left) with Senator Maria Cantwell. Enterprise staff Emily Cadik, Peter Lawrence and Scott Hoekman (rear L to R).

Photo Courtesy of AHTCC 

Senator Cantwell is a leader in the Senate on advocating for and preserving the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) program. She is the prime sponsor of S. 1989. In Washington state, 53,000 affordable units and 61,560 jobs have been created by the program since its creation in 1986. Our state has benefited from $2.2 billion in Housing Credits for new construction and substantial rehabilitation.
The Housing Credits program is at risk given the discussions in Congress on deficit reduction and tax reform. Please visit to see how you can help preserve this valuable program.
Punk Rock Flea Market this Saturday!
Punk Rock Flea Market in LIHI parking lot in Belltown
When:  This Saturday, June 8th noon - 10pm
Where:  2407 1st Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
Benefits:  Your $1 entry fee benefits LIHI programs
What:  Let there be no doubt, this is Seattle's ONLY Punk Rock Flea Market! Accept no substitutes! The PRFM is a no-holds-barred flea market selling everything from music to clothing, to lamps made from cigar boxes, hubcaps, stereo equipment, shoes, anarchist cookies, info from nonprofit groups, subversive literature, degenerate art, bikes, skateboards, and whatever else we can fit into the space. Our "Punk Rock" name refers as much to the DIY spirit of the event as it does to any particular music or lifestyle.
Take Action Now!
Everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. But, if our State Senate has their way, homelessness will double in Washington state.
If passed, the Senate budget will enact deep cuts to every affordable housing and homelessness program we have. Emergency shelters, youth shelters, domestic violence shelters, rent assistance, and the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program would be cut by 50% or more; the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD) program would be eliminated entirely; the Housing Trust Fund, our state's most critical tool for ending homelessness would only be able to address a small fraction of the need. These cuts will force vulnerable families and disabled individuals onto the streets.  We can't let this happen.
Our lawmakers are in "special session" right now, and there is still time to ask them to invest in affordable homes and to protect the services that help people meet their most basic needs. Please take action today - tell your legislators what it would mean to double the amount of people in your community who are experiencing homelessness. Click here to act now - this website will make your action very easy and only require a minute or two of your time.
Thank you for standing up with LIHI and other advocates for the homeless!


LIHI Kids Learn to Sail!

LIHI Staffer Kim Johnson helping out LIHI kids at Center for Wooden Boats

Thanks to donations from LIHI supporters and the efforts of LIHI staff member Kim Johnson and his partner Candi Wilvang, 3 girls and 2 boys from Lakeview and Denny Park Apartments have been taking sailing lessons at the Center for Wooden Boats! Candi reports, "The 6th week of sailing and final class is this Thursday. Last week Mindy taught Tajane how to sail a Pelican sailboat! The others sailed SOLO in their El Toros. They are all doing so well and still having lots of fun. Some of them want to do more this summer so that's great! Center for Wooden Boats offers Pay What You Can classes all summer."

Mackenna excited about sailing
Mackenna excited about sailing



Thank you for your support!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director

Low Income Housing Institute