Home Trust’s annual benefit fundraiser will take place Friday, April 24, 2020, at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. The annual fundraiser gives the community the opportunity to help families achieve their dreams of homeownership. Sponsor a table and have your business name prominently featured. Call (360) 428-0014 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. Go to my360.tix for tickets. Hurry, they sell out fast!
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen visited the Channel Cove development in La Conner, on Friday, March 30, 2018, to meet with neighborhood homeowners and to understand the relationship between Home Trust of Skagit and Skagit Habitat for Humanity. The two nonprofit organizations have partnered to build Channel Cove, a mixed townhouse community of nine owner-occupied homes and 18 rental properties.
The two organizations also have partnered to create Summerlynd, a 11-home high-density neighborhood in downtown Mount Vernon. Nine homes have been completed and two currently are under construction by Habitat.
Home Trust is in the planning stages to build five more homes at Channel Cove. Larsen visited with Habitat homeowners Echo Arsenau and Maria Rojas-Parra, as well as staff and officers from the two organizations. Home Trust of Skagit board president Kent Haberly explained to Larsen that all the homes on the properties are in Home Trust’s community land trust. Homeowners own their home but lease the land. Upon resale, the homeowner shares their equity with the organization, which in turn allows the home to be affordable for the next homebuyer.
Haberly also explained how important federal funding is to Home Trust so that it can keep building projects that benefit new homeowners.
Haberly told Larsen that he appreciated his support and taking the time to visit and to learn what local organizations were doing to help address housing affordability in Skagit County.
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.
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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