ANNUAL I M PAC T REPORT 2016
MISSION Homes First creates safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most.
VISION We believe everyone needs to be in a home to build a successful life and a successful community.
VALUES BEGIN AT HOME Success: People who live in a home do better at work and are more engaged with the world around them. Education: Children in stable homes learn and achieve more in school. A home helps level the playing field. Children deserve a chance to succeed in school and in life, which all begins with their family being able to afford a decent place to live. Good Health: Healthy habits are more accessible when you live in a stable, affordable home. Children get the healthy start they need. Public Safety: When people have a home they can count on, a stronger sense of community keeps streets, neighborhoods, and communities safer. A Strong Economy: At all income levels, people living in a home can afford more. Local job growth and a strong economy start at home. It should be possible for all people to afford housing and still have enough money for the basics like groceries, gas, and childcare. It’s better for society, the environment, and families if people can afford to live close to where they work. You need to start at home to realize the promise of a vibrant community.
A YEAR TO CELEBRATE Writing this piece for our annual impact report is one of our favorite things to do at this time of year. It helps us celebrate our partners, sponsors and donors. This is an opportunity to look at the achievements we have made together, recognize our successes and refocus our thoughts on the impact we can have in the year to come. This year, with the help of Cyndi Nelson, a local realtor and supporter, we purchased our first office building. That alone is a major accomplishment for a 26 year old organization but we took it one step beyond. Our new office includes a beautiful home for three adults with developmental disabilities. These newest tenants will be working with service partner Aacres. We also celebrate the growing success of our annual event, Heroes for Housing (R). The continuing support from the Chehalis Tribe anchors a growing list of businesses who are choosing to help us ensure we can be more flexible and resilient in a complex and challenging housing market. This one-and-only fundraising event of ours has grown in the last three years. The development and marketing committee members, led by Kevin Sparks of Sparks NW Insurance, have a goal of raising $60,000 in 2017! We believe, with your support, we can reach this goal and even surpass it. Those additional funds will go back into our unique program to provide more homes to more people who struggle to find an affordable home to call their own. In 2017, our dynamic board is focusing on re-developing our strategic plan. They will be the leaders who ensure that Homes First is ready for the changing landscape of affordable housing and ensure we continue to provide the most basic of necessities to our neighbors - a safe, healthy, and affordable home with a landlord who treats them with dignity and respect. We invite you to reach out to us and find new ways to engage in our mission and make Thurston and Mason Counties an affordable place for all of us to live (more details on Page 4).
Trudy Soucoup CEO
ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2016
Russ Carstensen Board President
ACCOMPLISHMENTS Together with our partners, donors, volunteers and staff, we made a BIG impact in our community. With the addition of 13 new housing units, 53 additional people found a place to call home and now have hope for their futures. A total number of 243 people were served during 2016 and over 4,000 since 1990. 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 the most needy a hand up to a better life. The local standard for vacancies is 3%. Homes First has a vacancy rate of only 1.99%.
Here is what success looks like:
Andrea quickly admits she made bad choices when she was younger. The choice to do drugs led her down a path that caused her to be homeless and lose custody of her three children. With the help of Homes First and Oxford House International, Andrea was able to get off drugs, find work and put her life back together. She has regained custody of her children, works, saves money, and has been clean and sober for three years. Andrea states the emotional support she gets from her nine roommates has been an immense help. That and finding Homes First and Oxford House gives her and her children hope for a successful future. 3
NO VETERAN SHOULD BE FORGOTTEN One of the most exciting achievements in 2016 was our move into Mason County. With funding committed from Mason County and support from City of Shelton officials, along with Washington State General Funds championed by Representative Dan Griffey, we were able to purchase and rehab a duplex and a single family home. Both of these properties are specifically being used to serve veterans. The duplex is now a home for two veteran families and the home has been converted into a shelter for homeless veterans. We look forward to working with our friends in Mason County to continue to grow the housing resources their community needs.
WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF PROVIDING HOPE A partnership with the City of Tumwater, Wells Fargo Bank, Rally Point 6, Ms. Veteran America, Final Salute, and YouthBuild allowed us to complete the rehab of a house which is now home to a female veteran and her three children. After sitting empty for years, this now beautiful home will help this mother of three finish her masterâ€™s degree. Having a clean, safe and affordable home brings hope for a better future to this family. ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2016
2016 EXPENSE $1,653,927
D A B C D E
39% Earned Income 40% Events & Other Resource 7% Development 7% Grants & Loans 2% Restricted 2% Grants 1% Unrestricted 0% Public Funds for 51% Acquisition & Rehab 51%
Administration Program Support
Property Management Resource Development
24% 24% 3% 3%
Homes First saw another year of record growth which allowed us to help more of our neighbors find a home. We received $411,500 from HUD through the County, $100,000 through Mason County and $200,00 from the State of Washington General Fund. An additional 53 people found a clean, safe, healthy, affordable rental home.
DO YOU KNOW? Do you know that in the North Thurston, Olympia and Tumwater School Districts there are over 1,200 students enrolled as being homeless? There are over 6,000 students receiving free or reduced lunches. This means their families are struggling. DOUBLED UP 901
It takes you, Homes First, and everyone in the community working together to decrease homelessness - one family and one home at a time. Families and communties need people to be safe in a home to be successful. With the existing tight housing market in Thurston County, families are struggling even more to find affordable rental homes. They need all of us to be there for them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP CONTRIBUTIONS
Annual Pledge—Auto Monthly Pay Check/Cash Online Giving Planned Giving Workplace Giving/Match Combined Fund Drive Bequests Memorials Stock Property
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Office Support Maintenance Support Landscape Support Outreach/Marketing/Tabling Events Serve on a Committee
Extension Cords Commercial Pressure Washer Ladders: 6’ and 10’ Extension Commercial Shop Vac Nail Gun Package Cordless Tool Package Stud Finder Circular Saw Table Saw
CURRENT VOLUNTEERS Our amazing volunteers make sure we can accomplish what we need to for our neighbors. Hiroshi Asano Loretta Clark DeAnn Conway Valerie Gerst Selden Hall Peter Heide Glen Hubbard Cheryl Hanks JBLM 627th Air Base Group Glen Schmeck Sophorn Song Korey Twombly Umpqua Bank Employees WSECU Employees
“I enjoy working in a busy office. The Homes First staff is great to work with. I also love working for such an important cause, providing affordable rental homes for those who need them most.”
ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2016
With much gratitude we want to give a heart-felt thanks for your support: Allen Acosta Stacy Adragna Ben Anderson Eddie Anderson Rich Arnold Frances Asano Lindsey Bamba Gloria Barber Andrew Barkis Kathy Baros Friedt Jessica Bateman Sara Beigh David & Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice Joe Belmonte Mark and Anchana Bergeson Diane Bingaman Bud Blake Catherine Blankenship Jessica Boysel Jon Brein David Bremer Marny Bright Tracy Brune John Cadoo Harold & Dorrie Carr Russ and Arlene Carstensen Loretta Clark Cece Clynch Jennifer Condon Nancy Connery DeAnn Conway Nita Cook Jim Cooper Bonnie Costa William Cullen Greg Cuoio Alice Curtis Leatta Dahlhoff Moira Davin Tina Davis Gina Defa Pamela Dickey John Doan Beth Doglio Laurie Dolan Mette Earlywine 7
Dirk Farrar Ray Foisy Mark Furman Jeff Gadman Paul Gamble Christine Garst Valerie Gerst Felly Giorgianni Monica Gochel Jeff Godown Kevin Gordham Alice Goudeaux Suzette Gould Shayanne Grand Maurice Green Trish Gregory Jeannie Gruber Ann Hall Selden Hall & Cheryl Hanks Kathryn Hamilton Brad Hargrave Shanan Harrison Michelle Harvey Chris Heck Mark & Marleen Hegg James & Darlene Hein Marita Herrera Frank & Christine Hicks Maureen Hill Joseph Hiss Alisa and Richard Hughes Kelsey Hulse Amy & Larry Huntley E Ross Irwin Jennifer Jacobs Christina Janis Eric Johnson Ted & Shirley Jones Amal Joury Casey Kilborn Melissa Kirkeby Mark Kitabayashi Peter & Nancy Kmet Paul Knox Sarah Koch Patricia Kovolyan HOMES FIRST
Raymond Laforge Chris Lanese Marcy LaViollette Kathy Leitch Jim Lengenelder Rebecca ‘Becky’ Liebman Bron & Tuula Lindgren Elisabeth Lindsey Rachael Lundmark Tim Lynch Lorrie Mahar Thomas Malone Michael Mason Paul McCarthy Mike & Kathy McCormick Kathy McDowell Martin McElliott Timothy McKinley Racardo McLaughlin Michelle Mewhinney-Angel Shannon Michlitsch Nicholas Milner Tracy Moore Sean Murphy Peter Murray Shawn Myers Teresa Myers Jan Navarre Neomosha Nelson William & Rachel Newman Barry Newton Jasper Newton Matt Newton Nina Newton Stohl Eric Onisno Shana Osmer BillPaulen Andrea Peters Richard Phillips, Jr Alliea Phipps Pat Pieroni Cleve & Marty Pinnix Lisa Poundstone Cynthia Pratt Eric Prehm Marjorie Price Patrick Pulley Alan Pust ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2016
Tim Ransom Marlene Rheaume Dan Rhodes Rebecca Riker Anne Rockway Julie Rodwell Ethan Rogol Graeme Sacrikson Alley Savin Amy Sewell Suzanne Sewell Perry Shea Brett Siekkinen John & Angela Skinder Theresa Slusher R Peggy Smith Mary Soehnlen Hillary Soens Erik Soper Trudy Soucoup Jennifer Sprague Richard & Carolyn St. Claire Kevin Stahl Hallee Starborn Michael Steadman Joyce & Bernie Steckler Ron Stewart Shauna Stewart Eric & Ivetta Sullivan Gary Swindler Wendy & Curtis Tanner Philip Tenkhoff Steven Thompson Rae Anne Toth Kris Tucker Jon Tunheim Karen Valenzuela Karen Verner Chris Ward Danielle Westbrook Ryan Wheaton Carrie Whisler Karl Wiesner Jim Williams Susan Wise Cathy Wolfe Latasha Wortham Peggy Zimmerman 8
SPONSORS AND IN-KIND DONORS ABBYâ€™S COOKIES & CUPCAKES AMAZON SMILE AMERISAFE BROOKS PLUMBING CO CABINETS BY TRIVONNA CAPITAL HEATING & COOLING CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE CHEHALIS COSTCO - TUMWATER DANDELION GARDENS DIMITROFF FAMILY TRUST ECOS ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS FOUNDATION EVERGREEN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FRED MEYER GENERATIONS CREDIT UNION GROCERY OUTLET HIROSHI ASANO HOME SHOTZ, JOY MORAN JASON ZITTLE, ATTORNEY JIM LEONARD LACEY SOUTH SOUND CHAMBER LUCKY EAGLE CASINIO MULTIPLE LISTING SALES ASSOC. OLYMPIA ASSOC. OF PROFESSIONAL MORTGAGE WOMEN OLYMPIA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OLYMPIA FEDERAL SAVINGS OLYMPIA FOOD COOP PARDIMAN PROUCTIONS PAYPAL GIVING FUND POPE JOHN PAUL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PROVIDENCE HEALTH & SERVICES RALPH'S THRIFTWAY RODDA PAINT SPSCC FOUNDATION SOUND CREDIT UNION SPARKS NW INSURANCE STARBUCKS - COLLEGE ST THE SCINLOGS JUSTICE & PEACE FUND TRADER JOES 9
TWINSTAR CREDIT UNION UMPQUA BANK UNITED WAY OF STANISLAUS CO. WIN HOME INSPECTIONS WSECU YAMAGUCHI DENTISTRY YOUTHBUILD STUDENTS
GRANTORS Community Investment Partnership Home Depot Foundation Mason County Nisqually Indian Tribe Olympia Rotary Shopko Foundation Squaxin Island Tribe State Farm Foundation State of Washington (for Mason County) The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Thurston County HOME Tumwater Rotary US Bank Foundation Washington Federal Foundation
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.
HEROES FOR HOUSING(R)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 BREAKFAST: 7:45 a.m. PROGRAM: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. TwinStar Event Center at the Lacey South Puget Sound Community College campus 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA
SPONSORS: Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis WSECU Umpqua Bank Pardiman Productions RSVP:
TwinStar Credit Union Generations Credit Union Providence Health & Services
South Sound Bank
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES You can help us make sure everyone in Thurston County knows who we are and who we help. Host an Opening Doors Program by inviting your colleagues, friends and family to a one-hour event at your office, your home, a church, coffee shop or our office. We will help you be a successful host. Guests will be walked through the Homes First mission. We DO NOT ask for money. Contact Marge Price, firstname.lastname@example.orgâ€”360.915.8176 to select a convenient date for you.
ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2016
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS 12/31/16 Russ Carstensen, President Amal Joury, Vice President Maurice Green, Treasurer Sarah Koch, Secretary Rep. Andrew Barkis Steffany Brown Timothy McKinley Sarah Reynierse Kevin Sparks Hallee Starborn Korey Twombly
STAFF Trudy Soucoup, CEO Matt Newton, Project & Asset Manager Marjorie Price, Development Director Ron Stewart, Property Manager Amy Sewell, Office Manager Leah Hawtin, Navigator Felly Giorgianni Jr., Mainten. Specialist Shayanne Grand, Maintenance Assistant
PROUD MEMBERS OF
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2016 At A Glance
Umpqua Bank Supports Homes First
Mason County Town Hall Meeting
Enterprise Holding Foundation Supports Affordable Housing
JBLM 627th Air Base Group Volunteers
Cathy Johnson of Dandelion Gardens & Student From Pope John Paul High School
Job Well Done - Thanks to YouthBuild! Home For Female Veteran & Mother of Three HOMES FIRST
Miss Veteran America 2015 With One of Our Newest Tenants ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 12
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