The Story behind Homes and Hope Community Land Trust
After years of working with community land trusts (CLTs) throughout Washington and Oregon, Kim Toskey was increasingly aware of the lack of a CLT in her own community of Snohomish County. Conversations with housing organizations and an increasing amount of data indicated that families in Snohomish County were being displaced from their neighborhoods and were resorting to “drive until you can afford it” housing strategies.
Knowing that ultimately this was not good for the planet, the county or her neighbors, Kim decided to pursue the establishment of a CLT in Snohomish County. She invited several experienced CLT practitioners and affordable housing specialists from across the spectrum of housing needs to join her in forming the Start-Up Committee.
Homes and Hope Community Land Trust (HHCLT) incorporated (EIN# 82-3392935) in January 2018, and the first Board of Directors was elected at the Initial Membership Meeting held April 4, 2018. During the ensuing months, this group of dedicated volunteers worked to establish policies and ideals that would facilitate permanently affordable homes and neighborhood amenities throughout Snohomish County.
In early 2019, HHCLT began working on their first project and expects to start construction on eleven homes in late 2021. Twenty additional homes are scheduled to be built in 2022. Scattered-site acquisition and Community Legacy homes will add even more attainable homes throughout the county.HHCLT has a goal of 50 homes in permanent affordability before April 2023, their fifth anniversary.
Kim Toskey is an attainable housing advocate and leader. She currently serves on the boards of Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition and Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County, in addition to launching Homes and Hope Community Land Trust (CLT).
Prior to retiring in 2017, Kim worked more than 16 years as a mortgage lender, specializing in layered financing and first time homebuyers; she was recognized by both Fannie Mae and Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) for outstanding achievements in affordable lending. She consulted with Fannie Mae, the National CLT Network, WSHFC and numerous CLT organizations across the country; in that capacity, she also attended a national roundtable discussion at HUD regarding deed-restricted homeownership. Attainable homeownership is her expertise and her passion.
Kim has a Bachelors’ degree in Math Education from University of Alaska Fairbanks, which is where she met her husband, Peter. Together, they enjoy traveling, renovating houses and spending time with extended family, especially their grandchildren.
Natalya Verley has a background in the rental housing industry and previously worked as the Landlord Engagement Coordinator at the YWCA in Snohomish County. In that capacity, she partnered with property owners to provide housing opportunities to unsheltered households in need of a second chance in order to stabilize with their families and work towards a brighter future. Recently she joined Workforce Snohomish as an Employment Navigator where she will be of support to students in their job search so they can ultimately move into an economically stable career. Natalya feels strongly about economic and housing stability for all which is why she is excited to be a part of Homes and Hope CLT.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature with a concentration in Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Natalya and her husband enjoy bowling, camping, traveling and taking their two dogs on scenic walks.
Marnie’s career started out in corporate finance and then migrated to personal finance as a mortgage banker in 2000. She originated loans for 8 years prior to moving from the public sector to the non-profit world in 2008. She has been with Parkview Services since December of 2008 and is a HUD Certified Housing counselor. Marnie initially managed Parkview Services Homeownership program and most recently is acting as Parkview’s Director of Operations.
She enjoys gardening, sewing, hiking and spending time with her yellow Labrador, Zoe.
Lindsey Sargent is a Real Estate Managing Broker for Keller Williams Greater Seattle. With 18 years in the real estate industry, she has helped hundreds of buyers & sellers find their place in this world. She gained her passion for CLTs and affordable housing after serving as the Homeownership Program Director for a CLT in Seattle for 5 years. There she oversaw a period of rapid expansion, streamlined their compliance, collaborated on a nation-wide custom CRM for the CLT network, and created new programs and new sources of homes for the CLT. She oversaw the organization’s housing development projects, rehab and partnership programs and is excited to bring this knowledge and expertise to Snohomish County.
Lindsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Washington and an MBA from Seattle University. She enjoys traveling, drinking wine and working on home remodeling projects with her husband Leon.
Lamin Manneh was born in The Gambia, West Africa, one of 17 children. He moved to the US in 1997. After graduating from North Seattle Community College, he started working with Provail Services, providing daily living support for people with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Now, he is a member of the senior management team, supervising and training more than half of the Residential Service Program staff. Lamin is also a licensed real estate agent with John L. Scott in Everett, working especially with first-time homebuyers.
Lamin is a Member of The Gambia Red Cross Society, Member of President Award Scheme, Former Principal Registration Officer & Administrative Area Returning Officer at The Gambia Electoral Commission. He is Past President of both the Seattle Gambia Association and the Rotary Club of Edmonds. Lamin is currently Foundation and World Affairs Chair for Edmonds Rotary and Co-Founder of Sea-Gam Scorpions soccer team.
Lamin is a Seattle Seahawks, Arsenal FC and Sounders fan who also loves nature, food, family, all sports and meeting new people.
Tony is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Everett Housing Authority. He has over 15 years of experience in anti-racism training, consulting, strategy development, public speaking, team leadership, and program management. Tony also runs his own private diversity and equity consulting business, Tony Nabors Consulting. He has delivered educational workshops and messages on racial equity and inclusion for many different organizations, such as the University of Washington, the Harvard Law Review, and United Way Snohomish County.
Prior to joining the Everett Housing Authority, Tony was the assistant director of admissions for Southern Methodist University. He holds a passion for audio/visual media and incorporates video and photography to amplify the effectiveness and reach of his anti-racism work.
Tony is passionate about advocating for a world where all people have equal access to thriving and success and champions the voices and needs of the disenfranchised.
A native of Mukilteo, Alex attended Kamiak High School before graduating early from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He went on to obtain an academic scholarship to the Gonzaga School of Law where he was twice elected to student government and wrote for the Gonzaga Law Review, before obtaining his Juris Doctorate with honors in 2014. He is now a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where he is able to use his expertise to help Northwest families and small businesses achieve their dreams.
Alex is a passionate advocate for making Puget Sound prosperity work for everybody. A key pillar in that fight is finding creative solutions to make affordable housing within reach of middle and low-income families. He feels Homes & Hope’s pioneering use of the CLT model in Snohomish County has the potential to both preserve long-term availability of affordable housing and provide public spaces that substantially enhance the community. Finally, Alex believes in HHCLT’s cooperation with other civic groups to drive community engagement and ensure that low income-families’ voices are heard in the development of housing policy both at a county and state level.
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