SHAG supports Puget Sound seniors by providing affordable housing and lifestyle enhancements to people age qualified who otherwise cannot afford to live well in retirement. This delivers quality of life for seniors, adds to healthy communities and eases the financial burden on government and seniors’ children.
Formed in 1988, SHAG has grown to be the largest non-profit provider of affordable rental apartment communities for low- and moderate-income seniors in the Puget Sound region. With a total of more than 4,500 affordable apartments, SHAG has enriched the lives of thousands of seniors in over 28 communities from Bellingham to Olympia, including, of course, Seattle.
In the early 1990s, SHAG's first few affordable apartment communities for seniors ranged in size from 24 to 100 units, located mainly in suburban settings in south King County. SHAG's focus at that time was addressing the basic housing needs of seniors, with an emphasis on affordability.
In the mid-1990s, on the strength of the demand for its early affordable rental apartment communities and the recognition of the demographic trend of a rapidly growing senior population, SHAG with the help of several other non-profit and for-profit development partners, initiated an aggressive growth plan to develop larger affordable rental apartment communities to serve more low and moderate income seniors in diverse communities throughout Western Washington.
Today we offer six beautiful urban communities with increased amenities and a focus on services. SHAG uses new technologies and green building standards, like solar power, modern insulation techniques and even water collection through rooftop rain gardens with our newest developments. The non-profit development team is working to increase funding for future life enhancement programs like fitness classes, cooking classes and transportation.
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