Why Housing Matters?

Our work in the community

Bainbridge Island is a positive, unique, and connected community just 35 minutes away from Seattle by ferry. Our unique geography means that there are very few degrees of separation between us: we help each other because we know and care about each other. Statistics also tell us what we already feel – that a balanced and diverse community is a healthier and happier community with more trust, less crime, more social mobility, and longer lives. 

Housing Resources Bainbridge (HRB) is Bainbridge Island’s only independent, non-profit, affordable housing provider and advocate. Our organization is committed to ensuring the diversity and vitality of Bainbridge Island by providing and maintaining affordable housing opportunities in the community.

The need on Bainbridge Island

Escalating rents and real estate prices threaten the social and cultural diversity of Bainbridge Island. Many of our neighbors are struggling to afford even basic services and they are leaving the island because of the high cost of housing. Some are young with families, some are retired, some are disabled, and many do vital work here that keeps the community going. These people are our neighbors, friends, and colleagues and want to be here to contribute to this place that we love and to be able to say: “This is home.”

In 2016, the City of Bainbridge Island conducted a Community Needs Assessment which revealed that “affordable and low-incoming housing is scarce. The average home prices are much higher than in the rest of the state.” In fact, the median home price on Bainbridge Island is almost three times as high as the rest of Kitsap County.

Closing the Gap

Since 2016, some progress has been made to address the affordability gap for housing on Bainbridge Island. However, there is so much more work to be done. Affordable housing remains one of Bainbridge Island’s most basic needs and challenges. Consistently, there are more than 30 households that are qualified and waiting, or are in the process of qualifying to purchase an HRB home. In addition, the demand for HRB’s apartments with rents affordable for households with very low incomes continues to outpace the supply with a waitlist of over 50 families.