March 30, 2018
March 20, 2018
Home Trust of Skagit held its 10th annual meeting on March 20, 2018 with more than 40 people from the community in attendance.
Executive Director Jodi Monroe presented an annual report that featured pictures of homeowners who are members of the community land trust. Twenty-three owner-occupied homes are in the community land trust. Eighteen rentals are in the trust, as well.
Home Trust of Skagit Board President Kent Haberly thanked many people who have been instrumental in Home Trust’s success, including Skagit County government. Commissioners Ron Wesen and Lisa Janicki were present. Haberly also noted the contributions from the City of Mount Vernon, Community Frameworks, BYK Construction, Fisher and Sons, Skagit Habitat and Bellingham-Based Caliber Home Loans officer Josh Henry.
Haberly also acknowledged three members whose terms expired and
were leaving the board of directors. Haberly thanked Gabriel Olmsted, Susan Rowe, and Germaine Kornegay for their contributions to the board. Olmsted is one of the original Home Trust of Skagit board members. Rowe completed two terms as member of the board. Kornegay completed one term and is a Sedro-Woolley city council member.
Henry said he has enjoyed helping Home Trust CLT homeowners process their loans and said his background of seeing people struggle to achieve homeownership motivates him to do what he does.
Jessie Turner, who serves as a legislative liaison for community land trust organizations in Washington state, spoke about the success of state legislation that gives community land trust organizations the same property tax exemption granted to other organizations while land they own is being developed for affordable homeownership.
Monroe told the audience that Home Trust will soon begin construction on phase two of Channel Cove, in La Conner, that will result in five more townhomes occupied by needy and qualified families. She also told the crowd that Home Trust will soon produce a podcast about affordable housing and other issues.
Home Trust of Skagit will hold a fundraising event in the fall and encourages supporters to donate to the community land trust so that others have the opportunity to own their own home.
Nov. 7, 2017
Home Trust of Skagit board members Steve Omdal and Germaine Kornegay both won reelection to their positions of Skagit County Port Commissioner and Sedro-Woolley City Council, respectively, during the 2017 general election. Both ran unopposed. Congratulations to Steve and Germaine and thanks for serving your community.
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