Member Highlight: Multi-Service Center
HDC appreciates all the passion, hard work, and dedication our members devote to the affordable housing movement. No single organization could make this impact and secure this progress alone. The collaboration and connection among members is the human energy that works to ensure all people have a safe, healthy, and affordable home. We want to show our appreciation and learn more about our affordable housing community through these member highlights as each member is crucial to achieving the larger vision of this movement. This week our featured member is Multi-Service Center. Thank you for all the work that you do!
What excites your team about the work you are doing?
There is a tremendous need for affordable housing in the South King and Pierce county regions that we serve, and we have heard consistently from hundreds of community members and stakeholders that the lack of affordable housing is a top contributor to poverty in our communities. Having a safe, secure, affordable home transforms lives and allows individuals and families to succeed and communities thrive. MSC is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to help meet the need for affordable housing in our communities so that individual community members and communities themselves can fulfill their potential.
What upcoming projects, partnerships, and news are you looking forward to?
We are currently renovating and preserving an affordable housing property in Tacoma as well as a project based Section 8 senior affordable housing property in Gig Harbor. We also have other projects in early stages of the pipeline, such as workforce housing project in South King County and a service enriched Veterans Housing project in Tacoma. In order to keep up with our growth and add capacity in affordable housing development, we recently hired Amanda Santo for a newly created position of Director of Affordable Housing Development and Operations for MSC. Amanda was previously the Employment and Education Department Director for MSC.
What have you been most proud of during your time as an HDC member?
MSC has been incredibly proud to partner with HDC and to work with so many inspiring leaders and organizations within affordable housing. Together as a consortium, we have successfully advocated for legislation that has helped to improve the lives of low-income community members and increase access to high quality affordable housing. We have also raised the visibility of affordable housing needs and best practices in our region.