My Housing Story

More Vitality, Less Sprawl

I was lucky enough to find a home I could afford about 2 years ago after a long search. Given how the market has risen in those two years I don’t think I would be able to do the same thing today. I would love to find ways to use my property to have more…

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My Housing Story

Strength in Numbers

I just moved here from Portland, OR, where I lived for 11 years. I landed in the midst of the recession and, as a social worker, saw first hand the growth of Portland leaving behind its most vulnerable citizens as well as its valuable workforce. Bellingham for Everyone has the power to grow and show…

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My Housing Story

Dream Come True

We bought our first home in 2015 through Kulshan Community Land Trust! Without them, our dream of homeownership would not have been possible. Now that we have the security of owning our permanently affordable home, we are able to give back to our community by volunteering, serving on boards, and supporting our neighbors. The photo…

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My Housing Story

My Hope

I am a caregiver for my daughter with special needs. She and many of her friends need safe, permanently affordable, sustainable, healthy housing. I will need affordable housing after I can no longer be a caregiver. My hope is to create community homes where all people are welcome to live by sharing resources and companionship.…

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Housing is a Human Right

I grew up in Bellingham and have lived all over town. From Sudden Valley, to the WWU campus, to Sehome Hill, to a basement apartment downtown, to Tweed 20, to Sunnyland. I rented as a young adult. 10 years ago, through the privilege of generational wealth, we were able to buy a house in Sunnyland.…

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Thankful, But Worried

My husband and I had been living in a two bedroom apartment near Western for 7 years. We moved there when I was attending Western but stayed after I graduated as moving was not affordable for us at the time. Our rent had increased over $300 in the time we spent there. In 2015 we…

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