Letters to the Editor

Bainbridge Housing Resources Board projects need support | Letters | June 11

I am a resident of Island Terrace Apartments, of which Housing Resources Board (HRB) is the nonprofit partner. Island Terrace provides an affordable and pleasant home for me and my daughter.

HRB is about supporting diverse and affordable housing on Bainbridge Island and so much more. They are about building community, and promoting healthy and independent living.

Island Terrace, for example, has a large community garden that includes a kid’s pea patch and several three-foot high raised garden tubs accessible to our wheelchair residents. We also have a wonderful community room, and a great playground.

Residents of HRB properties are the people you meet every day when you shop on Bainbridge. We are the boutique clerk, the dental hygienist, the preschool teacher, the bank teller. Several HRB-owned units are designated for people with disabilities, and many of those are occupied by lifelong island residents.

HRB also provides home repairs, and safety and access modifications for aging and mobility restricted homeowners so that they can stay in their homes. That includes myself – a single mother, a full-time student working on my master’s degree, a small business owner and an active volunteer on Bainbridge Island.

HRB will be hosting the first annual Rise & Shine Breakfast fundraiser on June 23 at Bainbridge High School, beginning at 8 a.m. Its purpose is to raise money for HRB programs that support a diverse and affordable-housing stock on Bainbridge Island, and to help fund new projects such as the Sparrows and the Ferncliff projects.

Please support housing diversity here by attending the event. You can reserve a seat by calling 842-1909, or online at www.housingresourcesboard.org.

Marta Holt

HRB board member

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