Fall Notes from the Director

For many, autumn is a time of introspection. At Methow Housing Trust, in addition to managing two construction projects (Phase 2 of home construction in Twisp and Mazama), this is a season of organizational and systems evaluation, on-going needs assessment, and documentation of the huge learning curve we've had the privilege of managing so far! Phase 1 homes are now occupied, and the neighborhood HOA's are starting to take form and design their community cultures.

As the Executive Director of MHT, I spend much of my reflective and creative energy thinking about our mission, and how this community can effectively address the acute affordable housing shortage we are experiencing. I recently spent some time with a nationally recognized Community Land Trust (CLT) guru, exploring the data behind the housing needs for our community.

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Methow Housing Trust Neighborhood Updates

Fall is upon us! Read on to see how both the Mazama and Twisp Neighborhoods are forming their new communities. And read about the progress being made on Phase 2 of construction for 8 more affordable homes. Also, see how to join us for our first Methow Housing Trust Volunteer Work Party October 26th at either the McKinney Ridge or Canyon Street Neighborhoods and take part in stewarding the common space of these new communities!

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Inslee tours the Methow

Methow Housing Trust Executive Director, Danica Ready, had a chance to sit down with Governor Jay Inslee to discuss affordable housing solutions in the Methow Valley. This meeting was one of many stops Inslee made on a recent trip to the Methow Valley. Here is an excerpt from an article about his recent visit.

The governor said he was impressed with the “dynamic activity,” creativity and innovation he learned about during his several hours in the valley.

At the same time, the governor said, the valley and region share some of the same problems that face communities around state — for instance, a lack of affordable housing. Inslee added that he wasn’t just referring to low-income housing, but also what he called “middle-range housing.”

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Homecoming: by Ann Mcreary, Methow Valley News

The Methow Housing Trust makes affordable ownership real

As she stood in the front yard of her new home on Canyon Street in Twisp, Theresa Days said buying her house means much more than having an affordable place to live. The experience has helped her regain a sense of belonging to a caring community.

“When my dad died, when I was 10, the community came together and helped,” said Days, 62, who grew up in the Methow Valley. “That’s what this is feeling like again. People are helping each other. That’s what this valley has always been about.”

Days was able to buy her two-bedroom home through the Methow Housing Trust, a nonprofit organization that is building homes in Twisp and Mazama for local residents who could not otherwise afford to buy a house.

A few years after her father died, Days moved away from the Methow Valley when her mother found work in Wenatchee, but “the valley was always home to me,” Days said. She moved back to 15 years ago and lived most recently with her partner in a small, federally subsidized apartment in Twisp.

A friend encouraged her last year to look into the new Canyon Street Neighborhood being developed by the Methow Housing Trust to provide affordable home ownership. Days said she tends to be mistrustful of people and their intentions — a result of past abusive relationships. So, she approached the staff of the Housing Trust cautiously.

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