16 Jul Message from the ED: July 2016
I recently shared a few important stories at Bellevue’s Affordable Housing Community Education Forum. These women are in our shelter. Some of them have jobs; they are the working poor. Others are desperately seeking work but face age discrimination since they are in their 60s and may not have worked in the last 15 years. They are your neighbors.
Susan has an eating disorder and severe mental health issues associated with that. She’s on a fixed income of $1,645/month but Medicare does not cover all the medical expenses which come to $700/month. She was renting a 125 sq. ft. studio in Redmond for $715/month but could no longer afford that with her medical expenses. She recently got a job as a certified nurse assistant.
Judy works full time at a retail store in Bellevue Square. She’s established important roots and connections in this community yet she’s willing to live elsewhere. She’ll have to move south of SeaTac since her budget is just $800/month. This means she’ll be dependent on the bus and long commutes. If the bus is late and she misses her shift, she may lose her job. It’s happened before.
Their stories are unique but they all have one thing in common: they cannot afford to live in Bellevue. So please find out how the City plans to address this need with its new Affordable Housing Strategy, and why your involvement in this process is critical to its success.
Angela Murray, Executive Director