July 2014
Voting Now Open in AHF Readers' Choice Awards
Ernestine Anderson Place Finalist for Best Senior Housing


For those of you who are subscribers (either online or print) of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine, now is the time to vote for the Readers' Choice Awards (by Mon Aug 11). Please consider showing your support for LIHI by voting for Ernestine Anderson Place in the Best Senior Housing category. Vote using this link: AHF Award Voting
Ernestine Anderson Place is located in Seattle's Central District and named in honor of legendary jazz singer Ernestine Anderson, an international star from Seattle's Central Area and graduate of Garfield High. The building features 60 studio and 1-bedroom units for 45 previously homeless seniors, including 8 veterans, as well as housing for 15 low-income seniors.
Mary McBride Returns to LIHI with Concerts in August

Singer-songwriter Mary McBride and her band will be returning with The Home Tour to LIHI for a series of concerts in August. We'll have final details early in August, but here's the tentative schedule:


Friday 8/15 in South Lake Union, 6:00 PM

Saturday 8/16 at The Frye Hotel, 6:00 PM 

Sunday 8/17 at Ernestine Anderson Place/Nickelsville on Jackson, 4:00 PM


Mary McBride and her band will also perform on Monday 8/18 at The Triple Door at 7:30 PM.  For details and tickets to this show, please visit The Triple Door website


Mary McBride and her band rocking at Ernestine Anderson Place


Acclaimed for her song "No One's Gonna Love You like Me," which appeared in the movie Brokeback Mountain, singer-songwriter Mary McBride has promoted affordable housing and fostered community through her Home Tours since 2010. McBride has also served as a cultural envoy for the U.S. Department of State in 17 countries since 2011. McBride and the Home Tour came to Seattle in September 2013 and performed at Ernestine Anderson Place.

Sharon Lee selected for NeighborWorks
Achieving Excellence Program

LIHI is proud to announce that executive director Sharon Lee was selected for the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program, conducted in collaboration with Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program is an 18-month educational program for senior leaders in organizations working to benefit their communities. It will enable leaders to make lasting change in their communities.



The only comprehensive, intensive training of its kind, Achieving Excellence includes three formal sessions at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, as well as executive coaching, intensive peer learning and guidance from author and consultant Douglas K. Smith. The program starts in October 2014.


"The Achieving Excellence Program equips leaders to increase the community impact of the work they do," explained Chuck Wehrwein, acting president and chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. "It goes way beyond the typical training course to focus intensively on systemic, long-term change."


Achieving Excellence has graduated almost 300 executive directors, CEOs and other senior leaders since the program began in 2002, with astounding results from each class. Independent evaluations have shown tremendous results for organizations that have participated in this program.

Thanks for your support!
Sharon Lee
Executive Director
Low Income Housing Institute