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Existing Affordable Housing Units Must Be Preserved
What is the issue?
Last week, Housing Kitsap put on the market for sale a small 13-unit apartment complex on Madison Ave. This complex has been a part of their affordable housing portfolio for many years, serving households with low incomes. Housing Resources Bainbridge has made an offer to purchase this complex. HRB’s mission is to preserve the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community. Should Housing Kitsap accept our offer, these units will remain affordable for the community in perpetuity. If these units are sold to another buyer, they will almost certainly disappear from the portfolio of affordable units on Bainbridge Island, further eroding what is already a chronic shortage of affordable rental units.
What is HRB doing about this?
We encourage the Board of Commissioners of Housing Kitsap to act in accordance with its mission (which is the same in spirit and intent as HRB’s) and accept our offer for this property.
What can you do?
We ask the citizens of Bainbridge Island and all of Kitsap County to contact the board of Housing Kitsap and ask them to accept HRB’s offer. Below you will find links to all HK Commissioners emails as well as verbiage that you can copy and paste into an email.
Bainbridge Island Mayor and Councilperson Kol Medina sits on the Housing Kitsap Board of Commissioners and he stated that he feels HK needs to examine and consider HRB’s offer very seriously so that 550 Madison can remain affordable under HRB’s ownership.
Please share this message with your friends and family and encourage them to act also.
Why is this important?
For anyone who has consumed any news in recent months, it will come as no surprise that Bainbridge Island, along with the rest of our County and region, is facing an extreme housing crisis. On Bainbridge Island, the median home price is well over $800,000, and rent for even the smallest units starts around $1500 and escalates quickly. The effect of these rising costs is not good for anyone who lives here. It is certainly not good for those who cannot afford high rents and home prices, and are forced to leave Bainbridge Island, pulling their children from school, enduring longer commutes, and losing their community and support system.
But it isn’t good for the rest of us either. A healthy vibrant community is one that is diverse, and composed of folks of all income levels and from all walks of life. When those who want and need to live here cannot afford to do so, the whole community loses.
Tell the Commissioners of Housing Kitsap that you want to see these units preserved in perpetuity, a public benefit to the entire community.
Thank you for your advocacy and support for your community!
Emails for the Housing Kitsap Board of Commissioners:
Becky Erickson, Mayor of Poulsbo: [email protected]
Ed Wolfe, Kitsap County Commissioner, District 3: [email protected]
Charlotte Garrido, Kitsap County Commissioner, District 2: [email protected]
Rob Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner, District 1: [email protected]
Kol Medina, Mayor of Bainbridge Island: [email protected]
Danielle Murphy, Resident Commissioner: [email protected]
Rob Putaansuu, Mayor of Port Orchard: [email protected]
Stuart Grogan, Executive Director Housing Kitsap: [email protected]
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