The Methow Housing Trust develops and preserves affordable, quality housing for residents of the Methow Valley.
For many Methow Valley residents, the stability and benefits of home-ownership are forever out of reach. As the Valley grows and changes, living wages cannot keep pace with dramatically increasing real estate values, leaving more and more Valley households in unsustainable living situations.
Over the past 10 years, median real estate sale values have been outpacing wage increases 3:1
50% of our community members could no longer afford to buy a home in the Methow Valley if they wanted to.
41% of Methow homes are seasonally un-occupied, and many more are being sold as nightly rentals
The average family in the Methow Valley can afford a home worth $156,000. In 2018, there were 2 Methow Valley homes on the market within that range.
Staff and Board
Danica became a part of the Methow Valley community in 2000. Her background is on non-profit administration, conservation biology, environmental education and community trail development. Prior to joining MHT, she has worked for Methow Trails, Methow Conservancy, Brainerd Foundation, Teton Science School and National Audubon Society. She earned a BA in Geology at Whitman College (1994) and an MS in Biology at UW (1999). Since moving to the Methow, Danica has added two kids (Payten and Ben) to the world, and loves to hike, bike and ski with them. She also designed and built 5 small and affordable homes for her family prior to applying that interest to community housing needs.
Callie was born and raised in the Methow Valley and raised her three now grown sons (Riley, Emmett & Meritt) here as well. Her long history in the community has connected her to the land and the people who live and work here. She has a background in advertising with Methow Valley News, community involvement as president of the Public School Funding Alliance board and in the construction industry coordinating electrical service installations with Okanogan County Electric Co-op. She recently became a licensed Real Estate Broker with Blue Sky Realty in Winthrop. Callie joined the Methow Housing Trust team in June of 2019 and works part-time as Associate Director. She’s excited to contribute in a meaningful way to the community she loves.
Erika Krumpelman joined the Methow Housing Trust team in 2018. She works part-time as the Stewardship Director, helping homebuyers through the process of purchasing a home and provides post-purchase support to homeowners. Before moving to the Methow in 2016, Erika was a high school English teacher in the Spokane Valley. She has a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University. Erika is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to bike, hike, ski, garden, or anything else that gets her outside in the beautiful Methow Valley.
Sarah and her partner Max, moved to the Valley in 2017. They love the community, recreation and beauty of the Valley. In 2019 they purchased their first home through the Methow Housing Trust. With a background in environmental education and non-profit administration and leadership, Sarah is drawn to the community driven culture of the Trust and enjoys her work as Outreach Coordinator. If you see her around town be sure to say hi and ask any questions you may have about your local community land trust!
Board of Directors
Phil Davis, Vice President
Nancy Nash Mendez
Bill Pope, President
Laurel Spelman, Secretary
Strategic Priorities 2019-2021
Organizational Development: Create thorough and sound policies, a sustainable organizational structure, membership program development and prudent financial/fundraising strategies.
Home Ownership/ Affordable Housing Program: Assess on-going housing needs, and build quality homes to meet those community needs.
Outreach: Education: Develop community outreach education strategies programs aimed at keep pace with land acquisition and home development goals. Recruitment of eligible applicants, ensuring equitable access to MHT programs. Fundraise: To match the BOLD vision and goals we are committed to.
Stewardship & Education: Match target resident applicants with MHT homes, providing lending and educational assistance to ensure success in home-ownership. Develop and enforce policies that define eligibility, and protect long-term affordability and quality of MHT homes.