RENTON, Wash. –– The Seahawks are raising funds for families experiencing homelessness and asking fans to join them in supporting the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center. Starting today through the end of December, fans are encouraged to give by texting HOME12 to 44321 or clicking here. All donations made will be matched up to $20,000 by the Seahawks.
Fans can also make donations during check-out at all four Puget Sound Pro Shop locations during the month of December. Additionally, The Pro Shop will donate 12% of all blanket sales purchased on 12/23 to benefit the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center.
The Seahawks' online charity auction will also feature one-of-a-kind memorabilia with 100% of proceeds designated for Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center. The auction will run through December 31. Visit auctions.seahawks.com and click the tab "Charity" to view the items. Preliminary items include:
54 Action Green Jersey signed by Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner
- Pair of game worn Nike Air Monarch IV customized, worn and signed by Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.
The Seahawks have committed to the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center as part of their ongoing community engagement efforts, including regular activities at the center to encourage, educate and inspire youth through a variety of programs, events, and branding.
Studies have shown children who experience homelessness are five times more likely to become homeless as adults. In Washington state alone, 40,000 students are without stable housing — enough to fill over half the seats in CenturyLink Field.
Late Seahawks owner and philanthropist Paul G. Allen catalyzed the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center with a $30 million donation to fund the development and construction. Additional funding came from the Seattle Office of Housing.
Expected to open in early 2020, the Mount Baker Family Housing & Resource Center will provide affordable housing and services to Seattle-area families with children experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Local partners such as Mary's Place, Child Care Resources and Refugee Women's Alliance will offer housing placement and services to help prevent families from falling into homelessness, as well as child care, mental health services and employment assistance. Mercy Housing Northwest will provide health education and community engagement events.
The center will be owned and operated by Mercy Housing Northwest, an experienced nonprofit housing group. Mercy has a sterling record for creating family housing with services that support parents and children to be healthy, financially stable and to find educational success.
For more information or to donate, click here.