Independent Living-an HRB program that makes a difference!

This is HRB’s own Julie Stone! She manages this program which is designed to reduce health, safety, and accessibility barriers for elderly and disabled Islanders who meet certain income requirements. Adaptations can be made to your home to help meet the challenges of living independently. Some examples: wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and bathroom modifications. Funding is available for qualifying modifications. …

Compelling Words from Our Executive Director

Those who attended our fundraising breakfast on November 2nd heard these words from Executive Director Phedra Elliott. This sums up what HRB is all about and why we think what we do is very important to the entire community. For those of you who couldn’t be there – we hope you will find this a reason to donate to HRB. There …

Ferncliff work crew

Congratulations to the winners!

HRB wants to say congrats to all the winners in the recent City Council race. We look forward to working with all the new members of the council as well as returning members – all working towards solutions to the Island’s housing issues. Roll up your sleeves everyone – 2018 is going to be an exciting year!

Workforce Housing: It’s everyone’s problem!

“It is time for this community to admit that this isn’t just the working class’ problem, it’s everyone’s problem.” The issue of housing affordability and access to housing is not just our issue – it is happening all around us. Here is one woman’s perspective from Bellingham, Washington, not far to the north. Like Bainbridge Island, it’s a desirable, some …

The Housing Fix – The most vulnerable are the losers in the game of housing.

“Millions of Americans can’t afford rent and only a quarter of those who need government help get it.” So begins a new podcast from FrontLine Dispatch.  This investigative report from Dallas, Texas, shares viewpoints from all sides – the landlord, government officials, and tenants.  It also does a good job of pointing out the complexities of providing safe, affordable homes …

City of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Council Candidates Address Affordable Housing

Want to know how the Bainbridge City Council candidates stand on the topic of affordable housing? The Kitsap Sun‘s City Council election guide features the candidates’ answers to six topics, one of which is affordable housing. Here is how the candidates responded: North Ward Joe Deets: “Deets said he’d like to see the city develop code standards that encourage the …

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Rental Housing Supply Can’t Meet Growing Demand

In a recent article, Alanna McCargo of the Urban Institute shares three rental housing trends that will likely have impacts on the already problematic affordable housing shortage: 1. Growing and changing rental demographics, including more older Americans, a younger generation that is renting for a longer portion of their lives, and a growing immigrant population. 2. A supply deficit. McCargo …