NEAR: Navigating Employment with Assistance & Resources

This new program supports CHH residents with one-on-one mentorship from professionals in the Seattle community by providing personalized and encouraging guidance on residents’ job and career goals.

In a mentor session, volunteers will review and assess resident interests, skills, work history and employment goals. Residents will develop their interests, learn what opportunities are available in their field of interest/skill, polish their resume building skills, prepare for the interview process, and gain assistance in applying for opportunities. Mentor sessions are designed to provide personalized and individual services, where the resident is at the helm and the volunteer is a navigator.

If you are a CHH resident interested in enrolling, or if you’re interested in volunteering as a mentor, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@capitolhillhousing.org.

Global Award for Excellence

12th Avenue Arts is one of ten real estate developments in the world selected as winners of the 2015 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence. Capitol Hill Housing was honored together with SMR Architects at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

The prestigious awards competition recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management.

Capitol Hill Housing is thrilled that our development has been recognized for creating a new home for the arts and a meaningful place for the neighborhood and the broader community.

So come see a show, have a beverage or a bite to eat, attend a community meeting, or visit our offices at the award-winning 12th Avenue Arts!

Resident board member position

CHH is seeking a resident to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position helping guide the vision and strategy for the organization. In order to keep a strong connection to the communities we serve, one of
the Capitol Hill Housing Board of Directors seats is to be occupied by a current resident that meets the qualifications.

Download the qualifications here.

Download the nomination form here. 

Nominations will be accepted until August 7, 2015.

2015 Annual Meeting and Report to Stakeholders

Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 22, Noon – 1:30pm

12th Avenue Arts, Pike-Pine Meeting Room
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 206, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98122

The agenda will include reporting on program activities, presentation of the annual budget for the current fiscal year and annual statement for the previous year’s fiscal affairs

It’s been quite a year

As the year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on all that’s happened in 2014. It’s been quite a year for Capitol Hill Housing. Here are just a few highlights:

We launched a new website for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and installed the first community solar array atop our Holiday apartments.

We began construction on the remodel of the Haines, to improve and preserve homes for extremely low-income individuals. Construction will be complete in 2015.

And of course, we opened 12th Avenue Arts, which created 88 new affordable homes in the urban center of Capitol Hill. This truly mixed-use project also houses two theaters, nonprofit space and police parking. Three local restaurants will open here in spring 2015.

One of the new residents of 12th Avenue Arts, April Kim, says:

I’m one of the many people who work in central Seattle, but couldn’t afford to live in the city. My passion is photography, which I’m hoping to turn into my own business. For the first time in my life, I can pursue my dreams, while still working full time.

Donate now to help CHH preserve affordability and strengthen communities in 2015.

Holiday office closure

Capitol Hill Housing’s main office will be closed starting at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. The office will remain closed on December 25th and 26th.

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, December 29th.

Bread and Roses

At the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, Rep. Frank Chopp quoted from the poem Bread and Roses, inspiring us to celebrate this landmark project and all that it will provide the community – from affordable housing to space for the arts.

Bread and Roses
By James Oppenheim

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!