Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood

July 18, 2001

Marielle Roloff
Provail Burke Gilman Tenants
5020 40th Avenue NE #105
Seattle, Washington 98105-3059

RE: Sale of Provail Burke Gilman Apartments

Dear Ms. Roloff:

At its July 9, 2001 meeting, the Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees voted unanimously to support your efforts to keep your homes and have a key role in decisions about what happens to the Provail Burke Gilman Apartments. We are concerned that much of the Section 8 subsidy contracts are expiring. With few incentives for owners to renew these contracts, we fear that this affordable housing for elderly and disabled neighbors, once lost will never be replaced.

We appreciated hearing from you and other Provail Burke Gilman Tenants at the meeting you hosted on June 19, 2001. We admire your dedication, determination and organizational efforts to maintain your independence and preserve your homes. Not many apartments have been specifically designed for wheelchair access and use. We cannot afford to lose these kinds of units and we do not want you all to lose your homes. Having countertops and shelves low enough to access from wheel chairs, walk-in showers, units without stairs, and a nearby grocery store and pharmacy that accommodates your needs is important. Plus, the apartments are located on two major bus lines. The Provail Burke Gilman Apartments are in a beautiful setting. It is clear to us that you all take great pride in your homes--flowers, potted plants, bird feeders and a great sense of community. You should be able to remain in your homes.

We also appreciated the excellent briefing we received from your representative at our Board of Trustees meeting. The background she provided about Section 8 housing in our State and your efforts to preserve your housing was informative. It appeared to us that communications with the owner and the public development authority regarding the future of the complex is lacking. We hope that the owner will work with you in a respectful manner to ensure that you all have a role in decisions relating to sale of the property. We also hope that Provail will honor its mission of allowing disabled people to live in a community of their choice. We support your goal of a tenant-endorsed buyer of the property to ensure that the apartments remain affordable.

You and the Provail Burke Gilman Apartments are a part of our community. We do not think it is appropriate that you all should be forced out of the homes you love. Not only would it be a major inconvenience, it is doubtful whether you would be able to find similar affordable housing. We understand that there is currently a three-year waiting list for the few housing opportunities that exist. We support your efforts to preserve your housing and have a key role in decisions affecting the future of the property. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support your efforts.

Sincerely,


Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
525-5135 / FAX 525-9631
jeannieh@serv.net

cc: Rhody Elofson, President and CEO of Provail; Shirley Bishop, Burke-Gilman Place PDA; Suzanne Petersen, Children's Hospital


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