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Creating Affordable Housing for Families in Seattle

The BJB Foundations provides Housing Assistance for Seniors and Families and those whom just need a place to retreat (learn more here)

Today, as we see so many Seniors, Families priced-out of the area, dealing with sickle cell or families whom just need a place to retreat. We are working hard to support those who are still there. Barbara Jean Brown Foundation recognizes this challenge and is dedicated to our goal of supporting one family at a time by offsetting their housing costs for rent and utilities.


True Vine Senior Center

True Vine Senior Center is one of three nonprofit organizations within the Barbara Jean Brown Foundation. Barbara understood the resilience and resourcefulness needed to overcome poverty and she worked to create equitable spaces for marginalized people to have a voice and exercise self-determination. ​​ Barbara and Leo purchased the 23-unit apartment complex in 1981. Originally intended to provide low-income housing for both senior citizens and people with disabilities, True Vine now focuses exclusively on elders (62+). ​


Central District Housing Project

The Central Area of Seattle lies midway between the Central Business District and Lake Washington and is the city's oldest surviving residential area. Sometimes known as the Central District, or affectionately by African Americans as the CD or the Colored District, it is bounded by East Madison on the north, Jackson Street on the south, 12th Avenue on the west and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way on the east (learn more here). ​ Today, as we see so many of the original families priced-out of the area, we are working hard to support those who are still there. Our goal is to support one family at a time by offsetting their housing costs for rent and utilities.


The STOOP

Join  the Davison family as we work to build the Stoop House (2bed/1bath) in our backyard. The STOOP will be used for:  housing for those impacted by Sickle Cell  temporary housing for single parent family * community support  and gatherings.


The Georgia Retreat House

In the wake of Hurricane Ida our Georgia Retreat space has become a place of refuge. Ida has came and gone but she left a disaster in her path. In the next few months we want to allow our space to be used as short term housing for family/families that need a place of stability while they relocate or repair their homes.



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