The Pageantry of Pride – Selected works by Kelly O.

If you missed seeing this solo exhibition by photographer Kelly O. during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, stop by the 12th Avenue Arts Gallery to take a look!

12th Avenue Arts Gallery
1620 12th Ave
Second Floor
Seattle, WA 98122

Artist Statement: I’ve lived in Seattle since 1998, relocating from Detroit, Michigan. I learned much about this city working 18+ years as a designer/writer/photographer at The Stranger newsweekly. In addition to The Stranger, my photographs have appeared online in The New York TimesHuffington Post, ABC News, XLR8R, and VICE. In print, I’ve been published in SPIN, Interview, UNCUTMojo, BUST Magazine, and Seattle’s City Arts. Previously showing work in Seattle art galleries Vermillion, Vignettes, Ghost Gallery, the Hard L, and Greg Kucera Gallery—in 2017, three of my photographs (of musician Tendai Maraire) were featured in a show at the Seattle Art Museum. This summer, I am doing an artist residency with #ShoutYourAbortion, and I’m excited to be one of the featured artists at Bumbershoot 2019. My pronouns are she/her, and I celebrate Seattle’s Gay Pride all year long. 

Special Meeting Notice


 December 8, 2016

Capitol Hill Housing will hold a special meeting of the CHH EcoDistrict Steering Committee in the Pike/Pine Meeting Room of the 12th Ave Arts building at 1620 12th Avenue Suite 206 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017. This is a change from the original date of the meeting, which was previously scheduled for Friday, December 9, 2016.

Thank you,

Capitol Hill Housing


Special Meeting Notice



November 7, 2016

Capitol Hill Housing will hold a special meeting for the CHH State Audit Entrance in the Belmont Conference Room in the CHH main office at 1620 12th Avenue Suite 205 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Thank you,
Capitol Hill Housing

Meeting Change Notice

October 24, 2016

Capitol Hill Housing has changed the date of the Executive Committee meeting originally scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room in the CHH main office at 1620 12th Avenue Suite 205 on October 31st at 5pm.

This meeting is now scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5pm in the same location.

Thank you,

Capitol Hill Housing

Gearshift: CHH Annual Community Forum


Last Thursday, May 26th, CHH held its annual community forum. The theme this year was Gearshift. When people talk about “shifting gears” they often mean a sudden change, a shift in direction or turn in the topic of conversation. On a bicycle, shifting gears has little to do with changing direction. Shifting gears on a bike is about maintaining an optimal pedaling effort for maximum efficiency. It’s about moving on down the road without getting exhausted. Shifting gears is a metaphor for resilience, about adapting to the current landscape with all of its ups and downs.

We had an incredible line up of presenters who shared their ideas for projects that can help improve the resiliency of Capitol Hill. After the presentations, the crowd broke into small groups to discuss what they heard. We were lucky to have Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant in attendance, as well as staff from Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s team on hand to listen to community members’ ideas and concerns. They joined representatives from the mayor’s office in helping the community identify priorities and figure out what comes next.

We are working on uploading recordings of the presentations from the evening. In the meantime, catch up on some of the online conversation in the Storify below.


2016 Annual Meeting and Stakeholder Briefing

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 8:00 – 9:30 am

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

Join us for this annual briefing by Capitol Hill Housing leaders on CHH’s strategic plan, programs, and financial activities.

Thank you to our 40th Anniversary sponsor: Chase Bank

Save the Date: Top of the Town

Top of the Town
Wednesday, May 20 at the Sorrento Hotel

Our annual fundraising dinner is an opportunity to network with affordable housing and community development leaders in an intimate setting at the Top of the Town. Our guest speaker this year will be Denise Scott, Executive Vice President of Programs at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and a national leader in neighborhood revitalization. This event helps Capitol Hill Housing keep rents affordable for 2,000 Seattle residents.

Tickets will go on sale soon and will sell out. The best way to guarantee seating is by sponsoring the event. Download the sponsorship information sheet here.

Seattle Business Organizations Symposium

Capitol Hill Housing has long worked to support small businesses, which are part of any healthy community. A focus of our work on 12th Avenue has been raising the profile of small businesses, and the neighborhood has thrived. We encourage you to consider joining City Council President Sally Clark’s symposium in September.

Friday, September 20, 2013, 8:00am – Noon
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor Lobby

Seattle City Council President Sally J. Clark invites you to a morning of information, networking and inspiration. The first ever Seattle Business Organizations Symposium will provide a variety of resources and advice on how to help business organizations grow and be more successful.

  • A panel discussion with reporters and public relations experts on how to get more and better media coverage.
  • A lightening round of keynote presentations on how business organizations can grow while helping their business districts.
  • A case study on how Pioneer Square became Seattle’s newest trendy neighborhood.
  • A resource fair of services for neighborhood chambers and business organizations.

Whether you’re on the board or staff of a business organization or a business owner or manager concerned about your business district, this event is for you. Admission is free. Breakfast snacks, coffee and tea provided.

To RSVP or for more information contact David Yeaworth in the office of Seattle City Council President Sally J. Clark at 206-684-5328.

There goes the neighborhood?

See more photos on our Facebook page.

On June 11, Capitol Hill Housing hosted its 8th annual community forum at Broadway Performance Hall. The focus of this year’s forum was the massive amount of development happening on Capitol Hill and how it is changing the neighborhood.

CEO Christopher Persons showed that there are over 30 proposed developments with more than 2,800 apartments and more than 250,000 square feet of commercial space coming to the Hill. Yet currently, the only affordable housing being developed on Capitol Hill is our 12th Avenue Arts building.

Panelists Knute Berger, Sally Clark, Elizabeth Dunn, A-P Hurd, Stephen O’Connor, and moderator Michael Wells talked about the increasing demand for development in the area and discussed possible ways to maintain affordability.

So how do we preserve affordability and diversity on Capitol Hill? Follow us on facebook and join the conversation.

Watch video of the forum here at the Seattle Channel.

Read an interesting run-down of numbers from the forum here at the Capitol Hill Seattle blog.

Sponsor Run for Homes!

On June 22 the Run for Homes team hits the pavement for Capitol Hill Housing at the Rock and Roll Marathon! The team raises individual donations and solicits sponsorships from local businesses.

Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000. All sponsors get either their logo or their name on the Run for Homes shirts, worn around town for training runs and on race day with 20,000 other runners, walkers and spectators.

Sponsorship Packages
Medalist  $1,000
Prominent logo on team shirt, prominent logo in e-newsletter, logo on crowdrise, mention on facebook, visit and photo with the team

Placer  $500
Logo on team shirt, logo in e-newsletter, logo on crowdrise, mention on facebook

Finisher  $250
Logo on team shirt, logo on crowdrise, mention on facebook

Cheerleader  $100
Name on team shirt, mention on facebook 
Logo must be received by May 31 for inclusion on team shirt.

If your business is interested in supporting the Run for Homes team, please contact