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Homes First

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews 635

Address:

4310 6th Ave SE, Ste. B Lacey WA 98503 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to develop, own and manage affordable housing for low and very low income people in Thurston County, and to encourage and utilize the widest public and private participation and resources in working toward this goal.

Results:

In the last 22 years, Homes First! has given over 2500 individuals and families decent, affordable, rental housing. In 2012, we purchased and remodeled a 4-bedroom house to provide a home to four adults with developmental disabilities.

Target demographics:

Low and extremely low income individuals, families, and adults with developmental disabiliteis

Direct beneficiaries per year:

150

Geographic areas served:

Thurston County, WA

Programs:

Currently Homes First provides 42 units of scattered site affordable rental housing. All of our housing serves households with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income. Homes First is an Equal Housing Opportunity nonprofit agency.

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360-236-0920
http://www.homesfirst.org

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Homes First! has such a great need in our community. I took a tour of one of their homes and heard from their residents and was deeply moved. This organization is amazing!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I enjoyed the tour that I took of one of their homes. The staff and volunteers do an amazing job of creating affordable housing for our community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Homes First! is a non profit that has helped to fill the affordable rental housing gap in Thurston county. It has stood the test of time. For nearly 25 years it has owned and leased homes to families that are struggling to afford rents, for those who are disabled and for those recovering from substance abuse. Their program works. They have housed nearly 3000 tenants in their 25 years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been volunteer in different capacities over the last couple of years. It is a great organization that makes a positive difference in the community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

They help low income residents of Thurston County by providing affordable housing and recommending community services to those in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create more employment opportunities to help more

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at Homes First! by doing office work. Homes First! purchases a variety of houses, apartments or duplexes that may need some tender loving care. After rehabilitating them, Homes First! makes this housing available to low income individuals and families for low rent. They also work with non-profit organizations to provide housing to developmentally disabled individuals in the community and others needing help. I am proud to be able to help Homes First! with their contributions to people in need here in Thurston County, WA!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Homes First helps people get into homes that wouldn't otherwise be able to get or stay in their own place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be nice if they had more money to have more homes to house more people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I just finished an 8 month term of service as an AmeriCorps*Vista at Homes First! and I am very impressed at how well Homes First! accomplishes their mission. I watched them put in a play set at a property with a single mother of 5 children, and also saw them make sure that people on fixed incomes weren't getting late fees on their rent because of the day of the month they got their check. Most importantly I watched them time and time again make sure that Homes First! tenants are living in safe affordable homes. Homes First! has truly been doing amazing work in Thurston County for 23 years with half of the staff and budget they need!! This is a top notch organization. I am going to continue on with the organization (hopefully as a board member *fingers crossed* application turned in)!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the number of staff. I would get another maintenance person, a part-time property management assistant, and a paid volunteer coordinator. I would also like to see them have a marketing budget, they do such great work and have no outreach budget, so no one knows about the amazing things they do!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This organization is well managed. It accomplishes a lot to the benefit of the community with minimal staffing. There is a lot of enthusiasm and passion by staff in support of their mission.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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