Mission

The Methow Housing Trust develops and preserves affordable, quality housing for residents of the Methow Valley.


Needs

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.


History

2017

The Methow Housing Trust (MHT) was formed to address the need of affordable housing for Valley residents, following a six-month housing assessment involving a diverse committee of valley residents, sponsored by the post-fire Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Group. MHT gained it’s 501 (c)(3) status in May 2017 and hired Danica Ready as the Executive Director in August of 2017. MHT is one of over 250 community land trusts nationwide. The ribbon cutting ceremony pictured above, was held in 2017, after the purchase of the Canyon Street property in Twisp.

The Methow Housing Trust (MHT) was formed to address the need of affordable housing for Valley residents, following a six-month housing assessment involving a diverse committee of valley residents, sponsored by the post-fire Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Group. MHT gained it’s 501 (c)(3) status in May 2017 and hired Danica Ready as the Executive Director in August of 2017. MHT is one of over 250 community land trusts nationwide. The ribbon cutting ceremony pictured above, was held in 2017, after the purchase of the Canyon Street property in Twisp.

Lee Whittaker approached the MHT with a vision he and his late wife Marilyn had for their property in Mazama. A neighborhood with a mix of affordable and market rate homes. The generous support from the Marilyn Whittaker Fund was the beginning of the Methow Housing Trust’s McKinney Ridge Neighborhood in Mazama. Thanks to a significant donation from a private donor, MHT was able to purchase the Canyon Street property in 2017. Through a bridge loan from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, MHT also purchased property in Winthrop.

Lee Whittaker approached the MHT with a vision he and his late wife Marilyn had for their property in Mazama. A neighborhood with a mix of affordable and market rate homes. The generous support from the Marilyn Whittaker Fund was the beginning of the Methow Housing Trust’s McKinney Ridge Neighborhood in Mazama. Thanks to a significant donation from a private donor, MHT was able to purchase the Canyon Street property in 2017. Through a bridge loan from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, MHT also purchased property in Winthrop.

2018

2018 saw the beginning of construction, applications for homeownership, development of policies and procedures to support the organization, hiring of additional staff and increased community outreach to share the Community Land Trust model of homeownership with the Methow Valley. In October 2018, the frames of the first homes were complete in both neighborhoods.

2018 saw the beginning of construction, applications for homeownership, development of policies and procedures to support the organization, hiring of additional staff and increased community outreach to share the Community Land Trust model of homeownership with the Methow Valley. In October 2018, the frames of the first homes were complete in both neighborhoods.

CAST Architecture designed the MHT homes. The prioritization of constructing these affordable homes amongst the building, business and broader community helped fast track the completion of nine homes within two years of MHT’s founding. With homes being built, MHT also began to work with applicants and lenders to get things ready for homebuyers to purchase their newly constructed homes in 2019.

CAST Architecture designed the MHT homes. The prioritization of constructing these affordable homes amongst the building, business and broader community helped fast track the completion of nine homes within two years of MHT’s founding. With homes being built, MHT also began to work with applicants and lenders to get things ready for homebuyers to purchase their newly constructed homes in 2019.

2019

Phase one of both the Canyon Street and McKinney Ridge neighborhoods was completed in 2019. Homebuyers purchased their homes and began to form their communities. MHT has begun phase two of construction and will have eight more homes available for purchase next year.

Phase one of both the Canyon Street and McKinney Ridge neighborhoods was completed in 2019. Homebuyers purchased their homes and began to form their communities. MHT has begun phase two of construction and will have eight more homes available for purchase next year.

Four homes were completed in the McKinney Ridge Neighborhood in Mazama by 2019.

Four homes were completed in the McKinney Ridge Neighborhood in Mazama by 2019.

Five homes were completed in the Canyon Street Neighborhood in Twisp by 2019.

Five homes were completed in the Canyon Street Neighborhood in Twisp by 2019.


Staff and Board

Staff

Danica Ready
Executive Director
danica@methowhousingtrust.org

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 Fink
Development Director
callie@methowhousingtrust.org
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 Development Director. She’s excited to contribute in a meaningful way to the community she loves.

Erika Krumpelman
Stewardship Director
erika@methowhousingtrust.org

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 Stephens
Outreach Coordinator
sarah@methowhousingtrust.org

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!

MHT Staff Left to Right: Callie Fink, Danica Ready, Erika Krumpelman, Sarah Stephens. MHT Pups Left to Right: Angus, Bodhi, Razz

MHT Staff Left to Right: Callie Fink, Danica Ready, Erika Krumpelman, Sarah Stephens. MHT Pups Left to Right: Angus, Bodhi, Razz

Board of Directors

  • Raleigh Bowden

  • Claire Bunney

  • Rocklynn Culp

  • Phil Davis, Vice President

  • Jessica Dewbrey

  • Madeleine Eckmann

  • Frank Kline

  • Nancy Nash Mendez

  • Bill Pope, President

  • Laurel Spelman, Secretary

Advisory Members

  • Don Linnertz

  • Lee Miller

  • Julie Muyllaert

  • Jason Paulsen

  • Glenn Schmekel


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.