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Vibrant communities where everyone has a safe and healthy home they can afford, so that they have hope for a better future.


Homes First creates and maintains safe, healthy, affordable rental homes for those who need them most.

HOMES FIRST STAFF 2018 Last Row R to L: Miguel Pineda, Leah Hawtin,Trudy Soucoup, Felly Giorgianni, Ronnie Stewart. L to R front row: Marjorie Price, Amy Sewell, Shayanne Grand,Thea LaCross 2 - Homes Fi r st

WH Y SC ATT ERED SI T E REN TAL S ? We are frequently asked this question, “Isn’t it cheaper to ‘just build new’?” We would disagree and our 29 years of practice in this area supports our experience. In fact, a recent study by Shelterforce, the only independent, non-academic publication covering the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization, showed that “the scattered site model is a cost effective method to create affordable rental houses that makes twice the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhoods as single site new construction.” In support of this model and the Homes First mission to provide the opportunity for our low-income community members to have access to safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes, we are asking YOU to be ambassadors and advocates for Homes First. How can you do that? 1. CONNECT us to homeowners who are considering the sale of their home and help us work with them before they put it on the market to get it into the affordable housing market. We are looking for a variety of types of homes especially to support shared youth homes and shared senior homes. Both of these groups are the ‘hidden homeless’ who are not receiving the attention to their housing needs at this time. 2. VOLUNTEER and help us support our tenants and keep our costs down so we can invest even more of our earned income into affordable housing. Both groups (maybe your business or church) and individuals are a valuable resource to support our mission. 3. DONATE – as a community we need to address the emergency needs we see arising but we also need to plan for the future of affordable housing. When we aren’t investing in brick and mortar units now, we are only multiplying our housing shortages for the future. If we only apply temporary fixes without investing in the overall shortfall in units our housing crisis will only get worse. Our goal one year from now is to look back at 2019, and be able to report the best year ever because of your support and increased support from the communities we serve. 2020 is our 30th Anniversary and we are looking forward to celebrating it with you and highlighting how your support helped shape and grow our ability to be a key provider of affordable rental homes in Thurston and Mason Counties. - Trudy Soucoup CEO

- Amal Noor Joury Board President

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AC C OMPLI SHM E N TS Homes First continues to make a BIG impact in our community with our partners, donors and volunteers. We currently provide homes to more than 235 tenants in 41 scattered site properties with 110 household rental units. Since 1990 over 4,500 people have been served.

While Homes First purchases and maintains the property, we partner with social service agencies to provide the appropriate services for our tenants. Through YOUR support, we are able to give those with the most need a hand up to a better life.

H E R E I S W H AT S U C C E S S L O O K S L I K E : Angela and her family found a large, clean, safe, affordable home with Homes First. Before that her two siblings and mother were living with her in a very small apartment.

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Angela suffered some illnesses right after she was born. It has been almost a year since she has had health issues. This family now has hope for a much brighter future.


Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help them build their future. Treat them with respect and value the work it has taken for them to survive.


Show each tenant that they are valued and worthy of being treated well, regardless of their past history.


When we approach each tenant with a lens to what they need individually to be successful, they can believe that we want the best for them. They will also better understand our expectations and the outcomes.


Life is full of choices. Some are made for us and some we make for ourselves. We encourage tenants to choose to be the creator of their own destiny, seek solutions, and take positive actions so they can find and retain a home. We work to empower people to make life sustaining choices.


Rather than being the answer to all our tenants’ needs, we seek to partner with other groups to ‘share the load’. Community partnerships include the formal and informal community connections, collaborative projects, and relationships that address tenants needs and goals.


Building ongoing long-term relationships with organizations which complement our program and meet the needs of our tenants is a powerful community development strategy. It makes a network of services to make our community stronger. 201 8 A n n u a l I m pa c t Rep ort - 5

D O YO U K NOW? H O M E L E S S N E S S H A S S I G N I F I C A N T, L A S T I N G I M PAC T S • Research and data, including surveys of homeless and formerly homeless youths indicate that experiencing homelessness can have significant negative impacts on children academically, socially, and emotionally. • Homeless students experience greater school mobility than their non-homeless peers. • School mobility can cause interruptions to a child’s education and is associated with lower school achievement and increased risk of dropping out of school.

• Homeless students are at a greater risk of being chronically absent than their non-homeless peers. • Chronic absenteeism is associated with lower academic achievement and higher dropout rates. • Homeless students face significant gaps in high school graduation rates compared to their peers, according to data from the States that disaggregate graduation rates for homeless youths.


Griffin North Thurston Olympia Rainier Rochester Tenino Tumwater Wa He Lut Yelm TOTAL



% of TOTAL

99 4,469 2,161 338 850 530 1,459 120 1,752

25 1,253 456 68 165 110 277 0 448

21.2% 27.9% 28.1% 43.9% 45.9% 52.6% 27.9% 100% 35.0%

11,778 2,802 14,580

Student Total *Information from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

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F IN ANCI A LS An additional 13 people received clean, safe, healthy, affordable real brick and mortar rental homes in 2018.



Rental Income - 63%



Events & Fundraising - 9%


Grants - 6%





Property Expenses - 52%


B Property Purchases - 22% C Operations - 8% D Admin Staff - 17% E Fundraising - 1%

Public Funds for Acquisition & Rehab - 22%

2018 EXPENSE $1,252,293





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T H A N K YO U TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Thank you to the many individuals who participated in large group volunteer projects. We appreciate you! Want to join our team? volunteer@homesfirst.org

GROUP VOLUNTEERS Heritage Bank Employees JBLM 627th Air Base Unit Keller Williams Red Day Group Phone Master Pinup Cleanup , LLC Providence St. Peters Nurses TC REALTORS Community Service Day

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Saint Martin ‘s University Students Smith Media Art The Coho Group of Windermere Agents The Rachel Corrie Foundation Weichert Reynolds Real Estate WSECU Employees

TC REALTORS & Flying Colors Painting

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS Allison Bailey Andrew Barkis Andrea Bootie DeAnn & Brock Conway Annie Cleveland Valerie Gerst Cheryl Hanks Jeannie Gruber Ethan Hawtin Sandy Hokanson Sue Komorowski Thea LaCross Jim Leonard Skip Thompson Rae Anne Toth Jon Tunheim

“We at Flying Colors Painting are so grateful for what the community gives to us. It brings joy to us to support the community in return. We were happy to provide some paint and help the volunteers paint one of Homes First’s properties. It’s in our DNA to give back, our owner Dustin has always encouraged giving.” -Dan L.

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OPPORTUNITIES Annual Pledge with Auto Monthly Pay Heroes for Housing Breakfast Check/Cash Landscape Support Online Giving In 2018, Advisory Committees Legacy Giving volunteers gave Tabling at Events/Outreach Workplace Giving 1,300 hours of Administrative Support service Combined Fund Drive Tenant Newsletter Editor give@homesfirst.org Bequests Painting Support to Contribute Memorials All Trades needed to help turn properties into homes Stock Property D O N AT E SUPPLIES/TOOLS

Air Compressor Air Hose Chop Saw Finish Nail Gun(s) Skill Saw Small Table Saw Storage Sheds



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T H A N K YO U TO OUR VOLUNTEERS A special thank you to all of the many volunteers that participated in large group projects. We couldn’t do without all of your hard work! Want to join our team? volunteer@homesfirst.org

D ONORS With much gratitude we want to give a heart-felt thanks for your support: Jennifer Arnold Lucia Arroyo Jackie Ashley Allison Bailey Melanie Bakala Dawn Baker Andrew Barkis Lois Beck Beth Becker David & Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice Stacie Belman Jennifer Benway Bud Blake Larry Blume Susan & Bob Lawson Amy Briggs Marny Bright Bethann Brown Builders FirstSource John Canfield Capitol Pump Resources Kay Caromile Jean Carr Russ & Arlene Carstensen Krosbie Carter Becky Carver Craig Chance Martha Chen Selden Hall & Cheryl Hanks

Loretta Clark Dirk Farrar Debra Clemens Sheila Fay Cece Clynch Cecilia Felix Scott Collins Dhyana Fernandez Columbia Bank Jennie Foglia-Jones Nancy Connery Sydney Forrester DeAnn Conway Russell Fox Nita Cook Ronelle Funk Kenneth & Esther Mark Furman Corcoran Holly & James Gadbaw Costco Nieva Gainey Carolyn Cox Steve Garrett William Crabtree, Jr. Generations Credit Jan Cnossen Union William & Joan Cullen Mary Gentry Greg Cuoio Gery & Valerie Gerst Clydia Cuykendal Leatta Dahlhoff Jacob Damian Dandelion Gardens LLC Cameron Daniels “As a vendor working with Matt Devlin Homes First and their Mitch Dietz tenants, it is obvious to see Kate Dixon how content and thankful the Guy DuVall tenants are to have a safe, Lorena Eaton affordable home. The work Gary Edwards Homes First does to make our Jeff Engle

community a safer place for Chelsea Evans everyone is inspiring.� Evergreen Christian Community - Bryan P. Evergreen Home Loans 201 8 A n n ua l I m pa c t Rep ort - 1 1

D ONORS Felly Giorgianni, Jr. Annie Gjertson Rebecca Glasgow Kevin Gordham Jeannine & Ronald Granberg Shayanne Grand Kevin Green Jennifer Griggs Jeannie Gruber Guild Mortgage Janelle Guthrie Erin Hall Jamie Hanson Brad Hargrave Elizabeth & Richard Hauser Chris Hawkins

Leah Hawtin Mark & Marlene Hegg Sarah Hendry Tonya Hennen Heritage Bank Maureen Hill Margo McEwen & Woody Hill Kevin Hochhalter Sandy Hokanson Hometown Property Management Hope Hough John Hutchings Michael Jameson Christina Janis Jessica Jensen Law Tisha Jones Amal Joury Kavita Kamat

Ross Irwin, Volunteer & Donor 1 2 - Homes Fi r st

Min Kaye Judy Kennedy Lisa Kirk Melissa Kirkeby Mark Kitabayashi Suzanne Klenk Peter & Nancy Kmet Bill Knight Janey Koester Jon & Karen Kooiker Kroger Barbara & Ray LaForge Marcy LaViollette Patrick LaViollette Legacy Plumbing Amy Leneker Chris Lester Eileen LeVan Susan Leyster Bron & Tuula Lindgren Nikki Lougheed Stacy Lucero Rachel Langen Lundmark Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard Suzanne Malakoff Thomas & Barbara Malone Michael Mason Neil & Sandra McClanahan Karen McClennen

D ONORS Kathy & Mike McCormick Sean McDonald Martin McElliott Bill McGregor Robert McKenzieSulivan Karen McVea Michelle McWhinneyAngel Samual “Tye” Menser Alexis Miller Scott Mitchie Kathleen Mix Alan & Jan Mountjoy-Venning Ann Munn Erik & Shawna Naslund Kai Neizman Brandy Nelms Eric Ness OBEE Credit Union Shana Osmer Peninsula Credit Union Nate Peters Richard Phillips, Jr. Phone Master Juan Pineda Mary Anne & Dudley Pitchford Shelley Prather Cynthia Pratt

Donors Carmen & Rodney Y. Marjorie Gachne’ Price Providence Health & Services Kathy Randich Ceuson Ratliff Corina Reed Cherie Reeves-Sperr Marsha Reilley Cary Retlin Sarah Reynierse Helena Rice Rebecca Riker Dallas Roberts

Mary Roberts Ann Rockway Aaron Rodriguez Rob Rothwell Kevin Rowe Tim Rudloff Lillian Ryan Graeme Sackrison Allison Savin Kyle Schrader Amy Sewell Christine Shaller Stacy & George Sharp

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D ONORS Jean Carr & David Trout

Kimberly Showalter Jeff Showman Jean Six Theresa Slusher Amazon Smile Lisa & David Smith R. Peggy Smith Mary Soehnlen Hillary Soens Trudy Soucoup South Sound Solar Sound Scott Spence Jim Stanton Michael Steadman

Bernie Steckler Charles Stewart Ronnie Stewart Stormans Inc. Eric & Ivetta Sullivan Eileen Swarthout Wendy & Curtis Tanner The Albertson Companies Foundation The Nelson Team, LLC Thomas Architecture Studio Steven “Skip� Thompson Steve Tilley Rae Anne Toth

Jon Tunheim Umpqua Bank United Roofing Solutions Karen Valenzuela Leslie VanLeishout Karen Verner Elyse Villanuena Beverly Vincent Nicole Wachtman Mike & Nancy Walsh Chris Ward Cathy Wasserman Diane Weeden Dan & Mary Weiss Well 80 Brewhouse James Williams Mimi Williams Ron Williams Brett Willis Cameron Wilson Sue Wise Lynn Wofford Corinn Wohl WSECU Kim Young Mikel & Jo Ann Young Trevor Zandell Darren & Julie Zemanek

Every effort has been made to list everyone who has donated, sponsored, volunteered and gave in-kind. If we have missed your name or made an error, please let us know at openingdoors@homesfirst.org. 14 - Homes Fi r st

S P ON S ORS & IN- K IND DONORS B & R Flooring

Lucky Eagle Casino

Cabinets by Trivonna

Marcie’s Bakery, Federal Way

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation Earth Friendly Products (ECOS) Flying Colors Painting Heritage Bank L & E Bottling, Olympia Legacy Plumbing

Moore Trees Olympia Construction Olympia Federal Savings

Security Properties/ Residential Smart Foodservice, Olympia Sysco Foods, Federal Way

Pacific Stage, Olympia

The CoHo Team or Windermere Agents

Pardiman Productions

Trivonna Cabinets

Platt Electric

TwinStar Credit Union

Prime Locations

WinCo Foods, Lacey

Rodda Paints


Want to be a sponsor? Email us at sponsor@homesfirst.org

GRAN TORS The Albertson’s Companies Foundation Boeing Employees Community Foundation The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Tulalip Tribe Umpqua Bank US Bank

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YO U HAVE THE PO WE R TO C HA NGE LI VES HOST AN OPENING DOORS PROGRAM Invite your colleagues, friends, family, neighbors, or faith group friends to a one-hour presentation of the Homes First Mission. The presentation can be held at your place of work or worship, your home, a coffee shop or restaurant or at the Homes First office.This is NOT a fundraiser and we do NOT ask for money but is our way to have the community know us better.

MEMBER OF A CLUB OR CIVIC GROUP? Connect us with them and we would be happy to speak at one of their meetings to share our mission and community impact.

C O N TA C T Marge Price to select a convenient date for you. 360.915.8176 openingdoors@homesfirst.org 16 - Homes Fi r st



BREAKFAST: 7:45 a.m. PROGRAM: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. TwinStar Conference Center at the Lacey South Puget Sound Community College Campus 4220 6th Avenue SE Lacey, WA 98503





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2018 PREMIER SPONSOR: Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

2018 SPONSORS: Security Properties Residential WSECU Cabinets by Trivonna Heritage Bank Lucky Eagle Casino Olympia Construction

Pardiman Productions Prime Locations The CoHo Team of Windermere Agents TwinStar Credit Union

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S TA F F B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S as of 12-31-18 Amal Joury, President/Chair Chris Lester, Vice President Kai Neizman, Treasurer Sarah Reynierse, Co-Secretary Mary Roberts, Co-Secretary Leatta Dahlhoff Nate Peters Aaron Rodriguez Jeannine Roe Kevin Sparks Hallee Starborn

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Trudy Soucoup, CEO Amy Sewell, Office Manager Marjorie Price, Development Director Ron Stewart, Property Manager Leah Hawtin, Navigator Miguel Pineda, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Felly Giorgianni Jr., Maintenance Specialist Shayanne Grand, Maintenance Assistant

WA Landlords Assocation

Celebration & HEROES for HOUSING



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019 Help us celebrate our Real Community Heroes!

By invit ation only !

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