Brooke Gibson – Agent of Change

Brooke Gibson – Agent of Change


By: Marc Bartel

HomeSight believes a community only thrives when it’s given the opportunities and resources needed to create homeowners, build strong small businesses, and root community anchors. That is why HomeSight strives to provide quality, personalized homeownership opportunities for communities around the state and takes an integrated approach to providing technical assistance and resources to communities with low access to opportunity in Southeast Seattle. That way, communities can build shared prosperity in their unique ways and on their own terms. This is our vision for Washingtonians, and sometimes, when our vision comes to life, we are returned with more than the satisfaction.

In December of 2020, we brought on Brooke Gibson as a Loan Originator, but this wasn’t the first time we had met Brooke. A couple years prior, Brooke came to us to get a preapproval to become a first-time homebuyer. It wasn’t long before she met with our Sr. Loan Originator, Ali, went through the homebuying process, and accomplished her “dream of becoming a homeowner,” says Brooke.

Brooke joined HomeSight with an impressive resume that included working for Arizona State University as the Leading Administrative Coordinator in the School of Technology and Innovation graduate office, then returned to Seattle and began to work for the University of Washington for the Department of Microbiology. From there, she moved over to work for the General Internal Medicine Program where she supported the Medical Director and over 20 nationally recognized faculty members.

In 2012, Brooke wanted to further her education – she enrolled as a full-time student at Seattle University, Albers School of Business and in 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a Major in Business Economics and a minor in International Economic Development.

“My final year inspired to me to look beyond how market conditions impact businesses to the shock they have on the most vulnerable members of society,” says Brooke. “Seattle University provided me with a Jesuit education that inspired me to continue to strive for excellence, through the pursuit of social justice for others and in helping to further shape me into an agent of change.”

Shortly after settling into her new home with her family, Brooke decided that she wanted to change her career. She wanted to utilize her degree in economics in a more meaningful way. Motivated by HomeSight’s mission, and her own experience in the home buying process, Brooke passed her Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) and reached out to HomeSight to see if there was a Loan Originator position available.

“I wanted to help other people have a sense of security through homeownership and a path towards generational wealth. I’m from Seattle and grew up in the Columbia City neighborhood. I worked for numerous small business owners in my childhood neighborhood along with the City of Seattle Parks & Recreation Department, so, it was only fitting that I would return to my neighborhood.”

We are honored that Brooke chose HomeSight and our mission as she sought out to be an agent of change in her pursuit of social justice, security through homeownership, and a path towards generational wealth for others – something we strongly stand for.

HomeSight Foreclosure Prevention Programs for Pierce & King Counties

By: Marc Bartel & Tom Jacobi

A home is often a family’s most valuable possession. A home provides a sense of security, where love, laugh, happiness and growth prevail. It’s where we (usually) host family dinners, reunions, holidays, parties, or the Seahawks quest for a Super Bowl on a big screen. A home is comfort. And preventing the avoidable loss of that comfort due to foreclosure at an already, unprecedented time, is currently a program now offered by HomeSight.


King County Veterans & Active Military Foreclosure Prevention Loan Program

HomeSight has received $500,000 grant from King County to provide foreclosure prevention loans to Veteran’s and Active Military members facing foreclosure. Households who are behind on their mortgage, property taxes or condo dues can receive a deferred loan if they meet program guidelines.  The program will provide a loan with payments deferred for 30 years at 2% simple interest to homeowners who can resume future payments after receiving this loan.

“I am excited to hear of this grant from King County has been awarded to HomeSight,” says Linh Thai, City Impact Manager at The Mission Continues, a movement that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.

Thai continues, “As a leader in the veteran service and advocacy communities for nearly a decade, as well as a community advocate in Seattle in social equity issues, I strongly believe that HomeSight has a stellar record of equitable community development and a model of servant leadership, something that veterans and military service members identify with.  In this COVID-19 environment, I urge veterans who own a home to explore and engage with HomeSight, and other trusted organizations, to utilize this program.”

 

City of Seattle Foreclosure Prevention Loan Program

HomeSight has been awarded $350,000 in new funds to supplement our current City of Seattle foreclosure prevention program. This program can assist income qualified homeowners who are behind on their mortgage, property taxes or condo dues.  This program will provide a loan up to $30,000 with payments deferred for 30 years at 2% simple interest to homeowners who can resume future payments after receiving this loan.

Pierce County Homeowners Received Mortgage Assistance / Foreclosure Prevention Relief in 2020

HomeSight was pleased to partner with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and HUD approved housing counseling agencies to provide over $470,000 in mortgage assistance grants to 72 homeowners facing housing instability due to the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Pierce County.  Funded by the federal CARES Act, HomeSight provided up to $8,250 in mortgage payment assistance. If more funds become available from the Federal government, we hope to continue this partnership in 2021.

For more information on these programs, or to start the application process, visit www.homesightwa.org/foreclosure-prevention-programs

These programs are modeled on HomeSight’s successful statewide homeowner stability foreclosure prevention program which provided over $6 million in loans helping over 280 families keep their home during the great recession.

“We are thrilled to be the facilitator of these programs,” says Darryl Smith, Executive Director of HomeSight. “Preventing avoidable foreclosures helps keep families in their homes and preserves the very communities we live, work, and play in.”

Since 1990, HomeSight has worked to preserve and promote economically and culturally diverse communities through affordable homeownership, business development, and community advocacy. We believe that communities can only be strong, vibrant, and equitable if homeownership is attainable, cultural anchors can thrive in place, small businesses and homeowners have access to the knowledge and tools to excel in changing markets, and prosperity is built and shared amongst all members of each unique community.

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