Council sets aside nearly $1 million for affordable housing

September 30, 2015

NEW — 5:17 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

While council members have admitted the money won’t do much by itself, on Sept. 21, the City Council approved setting aside $965,000 for affordable housing projects in Issaquah.

Actually, the council returned the money to the cause of affordable housing after an effort to create a human services campus in the city ended in August. That effort started in 2006; the council approved moving $1 million in affordable housing funds to support the campus effort in 2008.

Saying they simply had exhausted every feasible possibility, officials of the Redmond-based Together Center called a halt to the effort to build a combined social services center in Issaquah. Center officials said they simply could not find affordable property and called a halt to the search. At the Sept. 21 meeting, various council members expressed disappointment the plan did not come to fruition. Councilman Joshua Schaer expressed a hope the money set aside for the center eventually would be put to some other significant use. Minus $35,000 spent on a city-approved feasibility study, the money earmarked for the Together Center became available again. Read more

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To the Editor — Sept. 18, 2015

September 16, 2015

NEW — 5:37 p.m. Sept. 16, 2015


Rising rents puts people on the streets

For years, I have been attending the Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee meetings, listening to funders and providers of services struggle to get our neighbors without homes into housing.

We talk about building more affordable housing, about emergency shelter needs, about the shortage of appropriate services and shelter for those with mental illness, about artificial barriers that keep people out of housing, about ways to help the underemployed and unemployed find jobs, but the number of homeless people is not decreasing. Read more

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Officials look to increase meager percentages of local affordable housing

August 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2015

Like the rest of the Eastside of the Seattle area, Issaquah ranks low in the proportion of housing available to people with lower income levels.

That was one of the messages delivered to the Issaquah City Council at a work session held July 13.

The Eastside has a low proportion — about 7 percent — of overall housing affordable by low- and very low-income households, according to information presented by Arthur Sullivan, program manager for A Regional Coalition for Housing, an areawide affordable housing organization.

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Real estate agent challenges his peers to contribute

July 23, 2015

Local real estate broker Karl Lindor is stepping up to the plate.

Lindor showed he cares about keeping a roof over families’ heads with a $500 donation to the Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fundraiser.

Now, he’s challenging his peers in the real estate community to match it, and show their dedication to helping Issaquah residents at their lowest.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fund needs a boost

July 16, 2015

With just two weeks left in the month, the Merry Christmas Issaquah in July fundraising drive is well short of its ultimate goal.

The monetary goal of $25,000 goes a long way in ensuring Issaquah families keep a roof over their heads.

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It’s Christmas in July for Issaquah Community Services fundraiser

July 2, 2015

Issaquah Community Services comes to the aid of individuals and families when they need it most.

The nonprofit is there to intervene right before the power goes out, the eviction notice becomes real and the water is turned off.

ICS offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

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Issaquah named one of the state’s top suburbs for millennials

June 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 15, 2015

Issaquah has been ranked the second best suburb for millennials in the state of Washington, according to the website provides reviews and insight from everyday experts, to help people choose a neighborhood, college or K-12 school in a more transparent process.

Under its Local category, studied each city’s job opportunities, access to bars, restaurants and affordable housing for millennials, residents ages 25-34.

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College News — graduates, honors, scholarships, spring break, dean’s lists

March 17, 2015

Seth Hartman receives ROTC scholarship to WSU

Seth Hartman, a 2014 graduate of Issaquah High School, has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

October 22, 2013

Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.

In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.

“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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