Common Ground Programs
Affordable Housing Development
Common Ground has more than 30 years experience in working with community-based nonprofits to build affordable homes consistent with their missions. Our housing specialists provide nonprofits with technical know-how, relationships, and project management throughout the long development process. We assist our clients from concept through occupancy. Our housing developments are as diverse as our clients, including multi-family rental properties, as well as single-family homes for ownership.
Low-Income Housing Preservation
Common Ground does more than build new affordable homes. We also assist nonprofit agencies in maintaining their current affordable housing stock by providing inspection and analysis services. This enables housing providers to plan for facilities that will be healthy and sustainable over the long haul. We have helped organizations adequately prepare so they may continue to provide affordable homes for the next generation of those in need of housing.
Nonprofit Facilities Development
Common Ground believes home is more than just four walls and a door. We are also committed to building community facilities that strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life of nearby residents. Since 1980, we’ve partnered with over 300 local organizations on more than 100 real estate projects. We have helped create community centers, neighborhood healthcare clinics, nonprofit office spaces and more.
Our low-income housing partners include:
Bremerton Housing Authority
Community Psychiatric Clinic
Compass Housing Alliance
Downtown Emergency Service Center
Friends of Youth
Homeless Network of Yakima County
Imagine Housing (formerly St. Andrew's Housing Group)
Korean Women’s Association
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter
And many more!
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Common Ground assisted eight affordable housing organizations in receiving substantial awards from the State of Washington Housing Trust Fund.
Early this year, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced their Housing Trust Fund (HTF) awards for affordable housing and home ownership projects. Eight Common Ground partnerships were awarded a grand total of $10,563,923. The funding will ultimately lead to 281 additional units of low-income housing
from here in the Puget Sound to as far east as Omak. These projects will provide homes for a variety of communities, from homeless youths to seniors to low-income folks with chronic mental illness.
The housing organizations we assisted in the application process include:
Friends of Youth
Housing Authority of Island County
Mason County Shelter
Pine Meadows Senior Housing
Providence Health and Services
Your contribution will allow us to serve small to medium-sized nonprofits that couldn't otherwise afford the consulting services required to develop and build affordable housing. Especially in these difficult economic times, there is a tremendous need for housing in urban and rural areas. Many smaller nonprofits with the will to build such housing do not have the expertise to develop it. Your contribution to Common Ground will allow us to perform targeted outreach and help us efficiently maximize our services for these organizations. Needs are particularly high in this time of financial turmoil, yet government resources for housing and supportive services are scarce. Your contribution is therefore all the more critical.