We started this week off with quite a bang at the Seattle Center. We had a great time celebrating the House of the Immediate Future with our partners and supporters during the Earth Day celebrations at the Seattle Center. You can see all our pics from the day in our Facebook album and you can read [...]
Monthly Archives: April 2012
It was a beautiful day on Sunday to kick-off our summer of building at the Seattle Center. There was a great turn out of supporters and partners for our House of the Immediate Future. It was also the official kick-off for the Next 50′s Sustainable Futures Month. CEO Marty Kooistra joined other speakers, including Mayor [...]
It has been quite a week here at the Seattle/South King County office. We have been busy prepping for the kick-off celebrations at the Seattle Center. This Sunday – Earth Day – will be the official opening of our House of the Immediate Future project. We hope you will be able to stop by and [...]
Dwell Development stopped by New Day Northwest this morning to talk about homes of the future. Our House of the Immediate Future got some air time. Check out the video!
CEO Marty Kooistra spoke during the public hearing of the House Capital Budget Committee on February 23 and his testimony made TVW‘s Legislative Review wrap-up. Watch the video to hear Marty speak in favor of HB 2168 – part of the Jobs Now package. Marty speaks around minute 28.
Rehabilitating existing homes is a growing trend nationally among Habitat affiliates. Last year, 17% of Habitat homes were rehabs, up from 12% in 2009. In addition to purchasing foreclosed homes, renovating them, and then selling them to partner families, Habitat affiliates are also providing updates and weatherization for existing homeowners who otherwise would not be [...]
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission has posted a comprehensive reading list on their blog. Check it out – it is a great reference for the latest news in housing policy. What Were Reading: April 3 | Bipartisan Policy Center.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan sat for a C-SPAN Newsmakers interview with Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal and Margaret Chadbourne of Reuters. Donovan addressed the issues of principal write-downs, the Obama administration’s response to the housing crisis, and making housing a safe investment for Americans.
Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, is the lead champion in the federal push to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Murray is the chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. President Obama and the Department of Veterans Affairs are asking Congress increase the VA budget by 33% next year, which if approved, is estimated to decrease the [...]
While King County is still in the top tier of counties, it fell to sixth in state wide rankings this year due to several key factors including air pollution, crime, and housing costs. “King was among the worst counties for ‘high cost of housing,’ measuring households that spend at least 30 percent of total income [...]