The Edmonds Lutheran Church congregation decided several years ago that they wanted to be part of the housing solution for community members in need in South Snohomish County. When Pastor Tim Oleson and the church leadership met with Housing Hope to discuss this idea, their dream started to become a reality. “Housing Hope has a proven track record of planning, building, funding, and managing affordable housing and we decided that a partnership with them was the best way to develop our large-size property to create housing.”
Pastor Tim credits the concept for developing affordable housing at Edmonds Lutheran Church to the late, long-time member Bill Anderson. “Bill Anderson was a passionate force in our church and community to make sure that people had affordable housing. He gave so much energy to help with housing for all, not just next to the church, but also in the county and state.”
May 23rd, 2023, was the groundbreaking for this 52-unit housing community that will welcome area families. Half of the units will be for families with low income who earn less than 50% of Area Median Income, which equals $57,850 for a family of four. The remaining half of the units will be dedicated to families coming directly from homelessness, who will receive an intensive level of services, which will be reduced as families stabilize.
We are very thankful to be doing this important work with such a great partner in Edmonds Lutheran Church. While the groundbreaking was one of the most joyous occasions we have had in our development history because of this spirited and caring congregation, we know the ribbon cutting, anticipated in late 2024, will be an even bigger celebration.