Last year at about this time we announced that the University Congregational Housing Association, after 30 years of much appreciated support from you all, would be divesting of our properties. Times had changed, it was hard to recruit new members, and the housing universe was becoming one for large players. Our task for the coming year was to seek new owners who would hopefully continue the mission we all worked so hard to support.
We are happy to report that we have completed our first title transfers.
The McGrath House
Title was given to the YMCA, who will retain its name and continue running a transitional residence for homeless youth, of 18-24 years.
The Lin House
Owned by the church, not a Housing Association-owned property, it will continue to be used by the Community Psychiatric Clinic for housing their clients, on a one-year lease. It will function as part of our Love and Justice Endowment.
The Westwood House in W. Seattle
Given to Transitional Resources, the community mental health center who has been caring for the residents. We want to share with you a letter about this property sent to us from Darcell Slovek-Walker, the CEO there:
“Seeing the joy this home brings to the residents of Westwood House is so gratifying, and your incredible kindness, open spirit and most importantly, your willingness to give your time and resources made all of this possible. It may sound trite, but this home really did bring hope to the women living there at a time when many of them had given up. (It) felt like a real home from the very start thanks to the time and care on your part to find the perfect property and to furnish it so warmly. It will always be a truly special place for those who continue living in it.” You can rest assured that your legacy of hard work and dedication to those who need it most will be continued through Transitional Resources.”
Recently we were thrilled to learn that they will be counting this new asset to help match grant money for an additional new multi-unit building of studio apartments.
The Boat House & Sortun Court
That leaves The Boat House, Mary Hooker’s donated brick building with 6 large apartments on Capital Hill and Sortun Court, across 16th Ave from church. We are nearing final negotiations for these and should be able to announce them shortly. Our work is almost over.
Our church, of course, will continue to support and advocate for the homeless, but the University Congregational Housing Association, one important locus for this help, will no longer be a vehicle for this ministry.