Good for Everybody:
Accessible spaces, inclusive communities, and beautiful design

Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 7:00 pm
Bainbridge Public Library

Architect and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer wants us to see the world in all its dimensions and from all its angles, to recognize its limits and possibilities, regardless of how we move, see, hear, and think. To do so requires accessible, intelligent, and enabling architecture.

Braitmayer offers a brief history of the disability civil rights movement, the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and its impact on building design today. But ADA compliance is just the beginning. Braitmayer will share projects that exceed these minimums, elevating our expectations of good design, extending an architectural welcome to all, and helping to build inclusive communities.

For help with registration, email tamar@housingresourcesbi.org.

Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA, is Founder and Managing Principal of Studio Pacifica, a Seattle-based architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers, and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional, and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Obama appointee to the U.S. Access Board where she served from 2010 to 2023. Braitmayer has enhanced local icons, such as the Space Needle and the Amazon Spheres, and critical spaces throughout the region.

Affordable Housing Advocacy Workshop

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bainbridge Public Library

Turn your passion for affordable housing into local action.

Some of the most impactful affordable housing policies are legislated right here in your community. This workshop will help you grow your grassroots advocacy skills so that you can be a confident advocate for affordable housing progress. Whether you are offering a public comment in front of City Council in City Hall or talking with your neighbor in your driveway, this workshop will help you connect your personal voice to the facts of affordable housing.

All skill levels are welcome. Whether you are new to grassroots advocacy or a seasoned pro, this workshop is an opportunity to connect with other affordable housing advocates in your community.

For help with registration, email tamar@housingresourcesbi.org.

Instructor Maggie Rich is HRB’s public policy specialist. They lead advocacy strategy for HRB, setting policy priorities and consulting with community stakeholders and city officials to create a supportive environment for affordable housing. Most recently they managed external affairs for IslandWood, helping to secure innovative environmental science funding across Washington state. Maggie represents HRB on the Northwest Community Land Coalition, serves on Bremerton’s Planning Commission, and is a board member of Q Youth Resources.

A Legacy of Harm:
Racial covenants in Washington State and Kitsap County

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Bainbridge Public Library

Discover the hidden history of segregation in Washington state with the Racial Restrictive Covenants Project. Despite being outlawed, racist restrictions persist in property records across the state — a toxic residue from an era when local governments actively promoted racial segregation.

Join University of Washington researchers in exploring the local impact of housing segregation, the legacy of these practices on our communities, the archival research process, and the Covenants Homeownership Account Act (HB 1474), a landmark bill that will provide financial assistance to victims of racial restrictive covenants and their descendants.

For help with registration, email tamar@housingresourcesbi.org.

The Racial Restrictive Covenants Project is powered by research teams at the University of Washington and Eastern Washington University and over 1,000 volunteers. Authorized by the State Legislature in 2021 under SHB 1335, the project has identified roughly 50,000 restricted properties across the state, including 30,000 in King County and over 4,000 in Pierce and Snohomish County.

Affordable Housing Advocacy Workshop

Thursday, March 28 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bainbridge Public Library

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS.

Turn your passion for affordable housing into local action.

Some of the most impactful affordable housing policies are legislated right here in your community. This workshop will help you grow your grassroots advocacy skills so that you can be a confident advocate for affordable housing progress. Whether you are offering a public comment in front of City Council in City Hall or talking with your neighbor in your driveway, this workshop will help you connect your personal voice to the facts of affordable housing.

All skill levels are welcome. Whether you are new to grassroots advocacy or a seasoned pro, this workshop is an opportunity to connect with other affordable housing advocates in your community.

For help with registration, email tamar@housingresourcesbi.org.

Instructor Maggie Rich is HRB’s public policy specialist. They lead advocacy strategy for HRB, setting policy priorities and consulting with community stakeholders and city officials to create a supportive environment for affordable housing. Most recently they managed external affairs for IslandWood, helping to secure innovative environmental science funding across Washington state. Maggie represents HRB on the Northwest Community Land Coalition, serves on Bremerton’s Planning Commission, and is a board member of Q Youth Resources.

Sunday FUNDday at Eleven Winery

Sunday, December 3, 2023
12:00 – 8:00 PM
Eleven Winery
7671 NE Day Road W
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Eleven Winery is hosting another Sunday FUNDday in honor of HRB. On that day, the winery will donate 100% of its tasting fees and glass pours and 10% of all bottle purchases at the Day Road winery to support our work. So come drink wine made by people who love affordable housing, catch up with friends, and learn more about what we’re up to at HRB. (There will be live music from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.)

Contact Sophia Blamey at sophia@housingresourcesbi.org for more information.

Housing Decommodified: A global exploration with New York Times writer Francesca Mari

Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Bainbridge Public Library

“Vienna invites us to envision a world in which homeownership isn’t the only way to secure a certain future — and what our lives might look like as a result,” writes Francesca Mari. America might have achieved the same had it not made a series of fateful policies in the mid-20th century that privileged homeownership over large-scale federal investments in public housing. Today we find ourselves living in a country where housing is a commodity, power has been ceded to private investors, and Americans are struggling. But earlier experiments in limited-profit and social housing show that it might be otherwise. Join us in imagining housing in America done differently.

Contact Tamar Kupiec at tamar@housingresourcesbi.org for more information or help registering.

Francesca Mari writes about housing, con men, and abuses of power. She is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of the practice at Brown University teaching narrative nonfiction. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and others. She was a 2022 National Fellow at New America and a 2023 Radcliffe Fellow.

A beautiful neighborhood
2023 fundraiser

Thursday, September 14, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wing Point Golf & Country Club

Spend the evening with friends of affordable housing and support the work of HRB at our most important fundraising event of the year.

We’ll hear from Deborah Finck, executive director and founder of Building OHANA, a nonprofit outside Spokane creating a community for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, older adults, and people of all incomes and ages who seek social purpose and connection through intentional neighboring.

Beer, wine, and hearty appetizers will be served.

This is a free event. Register by Thursday, September 7, 2023.

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a gift online.

For more information or help with registration, contact Sophia Blamey at 206.842.1909, ext. 13 or sophia@housingresourcesbi.org.

HRB’s Ferncliff Village

Affordable housing on Bainbridge Island: A candidate forum

Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Bainbridge Public Library

The community has come out strongly in support of affordable housing. The city of Bainbridge Island has taken on the Housing Action Plan. And the state is issuing directives about planning for population growth. Now what will City Council do?

HRB Policy Specialist Maggie Rich will facilitate a community conversation with the 2023 candidates for City Council on their affordable housing policy ideas and their vision for Bainbridge Island. To submit your question for consideration, email maggie@housingresourcesbi.org.

For more information on this event, contact Tamar Kupiec at 206.842.1909, ext. 11 or tamar@housingresourcesbi.org.

Dick Haugan
District 1

Leslie Schneider
District 4

​Kirsten Hytopoulos
District 1

Ashley Mathews
District 6

​Brenda Fantroy-Johnson
District 2

A gathering with friends

Thursday, June 8, 2023
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Eleven Winery
7671 NE Day Road W
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Good wine. Good talk. Good news. Good company. It’s our way of saying thank you.

We’ll be sharing the plans for our latest project—the Ericksen Community. And who better to share them with than our devoted and generous supporters?

For more information, contact Sophia Blamey at 206.842.1909, ext. 13 or sophia@housingresourcesbi.org.

The future Ericksen Community
Wenzlau Architects

Homelessness is a housing problem: A community conversation with Gregg Colburn

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Bainbridge Public Library

Introduction by Maria Metzler
Executive Director, Helpline House

In Homelessness Is a Housing Problem, Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate at the University of Washington, and data scientist Clayton Page Aldern test a range of conventional beliefs about what drives the prevalence of homelessness in a given city—including mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, and public assistance—and find that none explain why, for example, rates are so much higher in Seattle than in Chicago. Instead, they discover that housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of housing, offer a more convincing explanation.

Gregg Colburn is an assistant professor of real estate at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments and co-author of the book, Homelessness Is a Housing Problem (University of California Press, 2022). Colburn is a member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness Research Council and is co-faculty lead of the University of Washington’s Homelessness Research Initiative.