September 2013
Nickelsville Residents Settle into New Home on LIHI Site
On September 1st, the Nickelsville homeless encampment was evicted from the it's two year home on W. Marginal Way. Nickelsville, LIHI, Food Lifeline, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, and others came together to search for a new home. Unable to find a single site that could house all 100 residents, Nickelsville has split into three sites: one in Skyway, one at 22nd and Union, and one at LIHI's property at 2020 S. Jackson St., adjacent to LIHI's newly opened low-income senior housing Ernestine Anderson Place. The Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church is providing services and hosting Nickelsville on our site.  The site is housing 35 people, including 15 children.
Donations of warm clothing, blankets, pillows, diapers, tents, and tarps can be dropped off at the reception desk at the site.  Tax-deductible donations to Nickelsville can be made through Operation Sack Lunch's Paypal. Put "Nickelsville" in the memo line.  Checks payable to "Nickelsville" can be mailed to PO Box 2548 Seattle, WA 98111.    
Small Simple Sturdy Sleeping Structures and Tents at Nickelsville
Nickelsville will reside at 2020 S. Jackson for a year. The future plan for the property is for LIHI to construct 60 units of affordable workforce housing that will offer 15 studios, 20 one-bedroom, and 25 two-bedroom apartments. The ground floor will become the new home for LIHI's offices. The apartments will be rented at or below 60% of the King County Area Median Income (AMI). Households at 60% AMI earn approximately $36,000 - $52,000 (depending on household size).
LIHI Residents Shine at Home Tour Event
LIHI's residents at Ernestine Anderson Place had an opportunity to hear a live concert in their own living room this month! Sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise), The Home Tour performed at six housing communities in Washington this month, kicking it all off at LIHI's home for homeless and low income seniors in Seattle's Central Area. 
Mary McBride and her band rock Ernestine Anderson Place
The show's star, national recording artist Mary McBride and her band, shared the spotlight with LIHI's own talented artists - saxophone player Tony Mack, vocalist Everett Dallas, and "the Singing Club " - a group of young residents ages 4 - 12 from LIHI's Denice Hunt Townhomes who performed under the direction of Beth Sherdell. Special guests included Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute's Jaren James & Josie Howell, and guitarist Reggie Garrett.
Denice Hunt Townhomes Singing Club, directed by LIHI Program Coordinator Beth Sherdell
Since 2010, The Home Tour has been using live music to enrich lives, inspire and connect people, and engage communities around the world. The Home Tour assembles local and nationally recognized musicians to perform for - and with - residents in communities that do not have access to live music. Be sure to see one of the Ernestine Anderson Place performances here!
McDermott Place resident Dallas Everett stirs the crowd with "Stand By Me"
Day of Caring
69 volunteers made this year's Day of Caring at LIHI the best & biggest yet! Sue Betz summed up the day perfectly: "Many hands make light work! I had a great experience working with positive thinking people." 

Day of Caring volunteers Sue Betz and Mark Guamao

photo - Bridget Healy, United Way of Snohomish County

That many fired up volunteers can accomplish unimaginable things in one day: transform community rooms, beautify gardens and yards, even repaint entire buildings, helping LIHI preserve housing for homeless seniors, families, veterans, and low income individuals!
Thank you United Way of Snohomish County & United Way of King County for putting this great community event together and for connecting LIHI with inspiring volunteers from Microsoft and the Sno-Isle Libraries!
Read an article in the Lake Stevens Journal about our Day of Caring in Snohomish County, and view photos from the King County Day of Caring here
Thank you for your support!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director

Low Income Housing Institute