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Congrats to Ag Guild, affordable housing in need of similar support | Letters

From the San Juan Community Home Trust:

Our hearty congratulations to the San Juan Island Ag Guild for reaching its major goal of paying off the mortgage of the Brickworks. Also for having the foresight to create a beautiful building for our community for Farmers’ Markets, Art Markets and community festivities. With strong community support come amazing community facilities.

We at the San Juan Community Home Trust commend San Juan islanders for their generous support of the Brickworks and urge our community to now turn our attention to creating more permanently affordable housing for our local workforce and retirees.

This is a silent and hidden need, brought about by the high prices of real estate and seasonal, and low average wages.

We need to ensure that our workforce and retirees on more limited incomes who contribute so much to the richness of our community are able to remain on the island.

We cannot lose the staff at our retirement centers; home helpers; house painters; masons, therapists, nor the many volunteers, musicians, actors and playwrights who entertain us, to name but a few. Permanently affordable housing benefits us all.

I urge you to support the Home Trust’s current Capital Campaign to fund Phase II of Sun Rise, our community of permanently affordable, low-to moderate-income homes, by helping to finance our 12 to 14 new houses with your generous donations.

Barbara Starr/San Juan Island

Board President, SJC Home Trust


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