Mi Casa is a South Sound program that has been helping people with safe and affordable housing in Puyallup, Sumner, and Edgewood for close to 30 years.
It was formed in the 1990s by a Bible study group from All Saints Catholic Church in Puyallup and is still going strong. The nonprofit has 38 rental units of all sizes and provides long-term housing to 164 low income adults and kids. The group looks for properties near schools and within walking distance to essential services like stores and bus lines.
Last year, residents average yearly income was $26,491. Many people in need of affordable housing with rents around $400-$600 a month find out about Mi Casa from other nonprofit referrals. Even though rent is below average, sometimes tenants face situations where they need help paying it and Mi Casa has provided subsidies because preventing homelessness is the goal.
The program is run by unpaid volunteers, several are professionals who bring expertise to the team in the worlds of finance, properties, tenant relations, and marketing. There is a professional property manager retained to care for the properties and keep residents safe.
Mi Casa is supported by donations and grants. Learn more online.