Home & Hope: Creating Early Learning and Affordable Housing Together
Stable, affordable housing and quality education set the foundation for economic opportunity. From the growing Puget Sound region to farmworker communities, Washington state needs more of both. Families in the region face high housing cost burdens and are often displaced from high opportunity areas. Early learning centers are similarly being displaced, and there is already a shortage of classrooms to serve all eligible children. In response, Enterprise Community Partners launched the Home & Hope initiative to accelerate the development of affordable housing with early learning centers on underutilized public and tax-exempt land.
This report presents a summary of feedback received from workgroups focused on (i) design, construction & licensing and, (ii) the finance & development of affordable housing with early learning centers. It combines the workgroups’ findings with research and publications from similar efforts in other states.