Boys & Girls Clubs of King County announced on March 12 that it has sold its North Seattle (Greenwood) property to Bellwether Housing. Through this process, they have also entered into a partnership to offer youth programming at the location in the future.
“For the past 6 years, we have seen substantial growth in our North Seattle Boys & Girls Club membership and at the same time, our building is rapidly aging. As we look to the future, we want to ensure that our kids continue to receive high-quality programming in a facility that can meet their needs,” said Dr. Lisa Chin, President/CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.
“By partnering with an organization like Bellwether, we are looking to continue to offer youth programs on-site after the development, while also creating more affordable housing options for our kids and their families,” added Chin.
Bellwether Housing, which owns and operates 2,100 affordable housing units in 32 buildings, will redevelop the property located at 8635 Fremont Ave. N. as affordable housing and work with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County to create a space to continue to offer programs in the future.
“This partnership exemplifies our mission of creating stable communities and access to opportunity through housing,” said Bellwether Housing CEO Susan Boyd. “Boys & Girls Clubs’ innovative and transformative programming will be a perfect complement to the family housing we plan to build in the Greenwood community.”
The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club will continue to operate in its current location while Bellwether pursues community input and establishes a development plan. About Boys & Girls Club of King County: Boys & Girls Clubs of King County mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe, affordable, and fun place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school time. They offer life-changing programs and services to youth throughout the greater Seattle area. Learn more at positiveplace.org.
About Bellwether Housing: Bellwether Housing develops and manage homes for people with limited income near job centers, transit, and services. Bellwether develops, owns and operates housing for low-income individuals, families, seniors and households transitioning out of homelessness --in total, 2,100 units in 32 buildings throughout Seattle, including 2 buildings (~200 units) that will be opened this spring.
Bellwether also develops housing and community service facilities for other nonprofit organizations in the greater Puget Sound region.