At Mt. Baker Housing, our mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities in southeast Seattle by creating quality, affordable housing and supporting our residents.
Mt. Baker Housing began as a community redevelopment project focused on the Mt. Baker Village Apartments. The complex had been poorly maintained by the previous owner, leaving hundreds of low-income residents living in unsafe conditions. In March of 1988 the City of Seattle purchased the property and sold it to the newly established Mt. Baker Housing Association. Rehabilitation on the nine-building complex began in 1988 and was completed in 1990.
To date, we have developed – and now own and operate – seven low-income and affordable housing properties with just over 300 units.
We have decades of experience in real estate and affordable housing between our staff and distinguished board members. We care about this issue and work hard to make a difference.
To put it simply, our team believes individuals and families shouldn’t have to choose between paying for basic necessities, such as groceries and childcare, and paying for rent. Yet thousands of people in Washington face being displaced or even homelessness because housing costs are so high.
We are committed to improving our community by creating vibrant, affordable properties – places that residents are proud to call home.
To improve lives and strengthen communities in southeast Seattle by creating quality affordable housing and supporting our residents.
In 2016, MBHA will be recognized in the Seattle community for providing more than 500 homes for low-income families and individuals. We will be known for our expertise in acquiring, renovating, and maintaining multi-family apartment communities, and doing it with creativity, ethical responsibility and professionalism.
MBHA also will be respected for its fiscal prudence, maintaining adequate reserves and investing to keep our properties attractive and well-maintained.
Compassion rests at the heart of our mission. We are differentiated by our resident services staff that helps improve our residents’ lives and welcomes them as long term tenants. Our tenants are happy to call our housing communities home; as a result, turnover at our properties is low.
As a result of our reputation, MBH enjoys recognition and support from affordable housing colleagues and funders across the state, and, more importantly, from our neighbors in southeast Seattle.
We embrace the quality of excellence: it will inform all our actions, including how we maintain our properties; develop new projects; work with our partners; and reach our decisions.
We are aware of the many cultural and economic differences that can divide individuals. We believe those differences are integral to our success; therefore, we seek to weave together the richness of our many heritages to build a more connected and stronger world.
We acknowledge that no person should live in fear, either physical or economic: our properties will provide a safe and supportive environment for our residents to grow and thrive.
We know that we must have a firm foundation to build a lasting edifice: we commit to providing the strong financial and organizational base needed to serve our mission in the years and decades ahead.