San Juan Community Home Trust (SJCHT) received two donations at the end of 2017. David and Patricia Giuliani of San Juan Island donated a 9,900 square feet parcel at the corner of Tucker and McDonald Streets and Larry Soll donated a 5.83 acre parcel on Turn Point Road.
"The Home Trust is delighted at this completely unexpected gift, it’s a great way to end 2017," said David S. Gow, Executive Director of SJCHT. "The Giulianis are keenly interested in being part of the solution to the affordable housing crisis in the San Juans, so we are most grateful for the confidence they are putting in our home building and home ownership program. We will repay that confidence by creating a permanently affordable family home there in the near future, which will serve as an attractive and welcoming portal to the McDonald Street Friday Avenue neighborhood."
"This gift by Mr. Soll is a critical piece for the community, because it reemphasizes that area, the official Urban Growth Area, is the future for expanding the supply of permanently affordable homes locally. The Home Trust is grateful for this donation, and for Mr. Soll’s leadership on the affordable housing issue, which is unmatched," Gow said.
The Turn Point Road parcel is 900 feet east of the Home Trust’s Sun Rise development at 473 Grover Street East. The property eventually will be the site for more than 30 affordable units; it is already the location of the Urban Growth Area’s state-of-the-art "living machine" wastewater treatment center.
Founded in 2001, the San Juan Community Home Trust was created by San Juan Island activists for the purpose of creating permanently affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents–promoting economic diversity and development, and supporting a sustainable island community while practicing responsible stewardship of the rural environment. In the years since, the Home Trust has built the Salal and Sun Rise I neighborhoods, and is currently working to complete Sun Rise II.