01/20/2017: "SJ Home Trust Board 2017"
The San Juan Community Home Trust held its New Board Member Orientation (photo below) on Saturday, January 14th. The purpose of the meeting was both to inform new members of our Mission, History and Responsibilities, and “the nuts and bolts” of Home Trust operations.
Executive Director Nancy DeVaux began by giving a history of the organization and some of the unique aspects of each of the three neighborhoods developed by the Home Trust, including the state of the art LOSS (Large Onsite Sewer System) in Sun Rise. Dina Melic and Chinmayo spoke of the Ambassador Program to which they have been appointed, and which lobbies national legislators on affordable housing issues. Peter Goddu spoke of the legal responsibilities of board members; Attilio Galli spoke of fiduciary matters; Gay Graham spoke about Fundraising, the ongoing job of members of nonprofit boards.
In talking about neighborhoods, and how they benefit San Juan Island, the following notable points were made:
Home ownership of a permanently affordable home allows wealth building on the part of islanders. Some have been able to start businesses, not having had to use as high a percentage of their income on housing. Others have sold and moved into market rate homes, having had the stability and time to build equity while owning a permanently affordable home.
Home Trust homeowners pay property taxes on the assessed fair-market value of their homes, contributing to the tax base of the island.
Accompanied by pastries and copious amounts of coffee and questions, the Orientation was an intense but very productive 4 hours session.
(L to R: Steve Ulvi, Bob Kleven, Attilio Galli, Dina Melic, Bridget Nyberg, Peter Goddu, Gay Graham, Sarah Crosby, Steve Bowman -contributed photo)