YWCA FAMILY VILLAGE AT ISSAQUAH
The paint has dried and the hammers have gone quiet at YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, which means the new development is complete and ready to make its official debut. To celebrate, YWCA is hosting a community open house during Issaquah Highlands Green Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 29, from noon to 4 p.m.
In keeping with the environmental theme of the festival, Family Village at Issaquah will host a sustainability search activity that will take participants on a quest throughout the property to find information about the development, which earned King County’s highest environmental honor, the Green Globe Award for Leadership in Green Building.
Family Village at Issaquah expects to have most of its 146 units occupied by the end of December. The affordable-housing development received more than 500 applications and daily inquiries by people seeking affordable-housing options.
“The number of applications shows just how critical the need is for affordable housing on the Eastside,” said Linda Hall, senior director of YWCA’s housing development and operations. “We’re thrilled that through our community partners, we are able to fill even a portion of the need and provide high quality homes for nearly 400 community members.”
Partners included the City of Issaquah, Port Blakely Communities, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Boston Capital, Washington State Department of Commerce, King County and the King County Housing Authority. Construction was also partly funded by private donations made through YWCA’s Women Empowered (WE) Campaign, which seeks to raise $26.5 million by the end of 2012.
The development will provide homes to a variety of households, such as teachers just starting out in their careers, retirees and people with disabilities, who seek an affordable place to live on the Eastside. Rents at Family Village Issaquah range from $380 to $1,045 per month, depending on income and unit size.
In addition to being affordable, the new development is attractive and environmentally progressive, with features such as separate food waste bins, rooftop rainwater collection and construction that meets or exceeds recognized national and international environmental standards.
The property also includes a Bright Horizons child care center and community gathering spaces where activities such as parenting and financial planning, exercise and other classes will take place.