We came to the recognition that we had outgrown our previous name, Capitol Hill Housing. From the beginning, we have been about community. What started in Capitol Hill in the 1970s was the idea that everyone should live affordably in their neighborhood, in their community. As the idea grew, we responded to housing needs in Belltown, the Central District, and neighborhoods beyond. While building and preserving affordable apartments, we focused on the people who lived there. Over time, we began to build more than just buildings. We built relationships with neighborhood organizations, and the artists, businesses, and people in those neighborhoods. We began to develop programs that not only met the housing needs of our residents, but also served the community around them. We embrace our roots, past and present, in our new name.
We are Community Roots Housing.
Our name has changed, but our commitment to community and making a difference in people’s lives has not. Community is the place we set down roots, create relationships, and build our lives. In this housing affordability crisis, people are being pushed out of their communities by the impacts of racism, inequality, and gentrification. As we move forward, we will continue to listen and respond to community priorities so that the people who live there have an enduring place to call home. We will just do it under a different name – a name that emerged from our community and better reflects the organization that we are today.