Capitol Hill Housing–Humanity in Action Fellowship

The Capitol Hill Housing–Humanity in Action Fellowship provides a Senior Fellow the opportunity to work on the future of affordable housing in Seattle. The Senior Fellow will work with leaders at the Capitol Hill Housing on the intersection of affordable housing and healthcare for underserved populations in Seattle, particularly elderly LGBTQ patients. The Senior Fellow will work collaboratively with a second Senior Fellow who will focus on healthcare in Seattle through the Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship. The Capitol Hill Housing-Humanity in Action Fellowship is a three month opportunity. 

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Capitol Hill Housing–Humanity in Action Fellowship on Healthcare and Housing

Location: Seattle, Washington
Dates: June - August 2017
Compensation: Fellowship stipend for living and travel expenses
Number of Positions: One (please see associated Virginia Mason-Humanity in Action Fellowship)
Application Deadline: April 10, 2017 (applications will be reviewed as received)

For decades, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has been a center of arts and culture, a landing place for newcomers to the city and a safe and welcoming home for Seattle’s LGBTQ community. The neighborhood’s unique character lends itself to unique community development challenges, particularly as the neighborhood grows, rents increase and many community members struggle to afford to stay and age in place.  

Humanity in Action has developed two new Professional Fellowships in Seattle dealing with healthcare and housing with Virginia Mason Medical Center and Capitol Hill Housing, respectively. 

About Capitol Hill Housing-Humanity in Action Fellowship

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) is looking forward to welcoming a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow to join its Sustainability and Planning team to help identify how home and place can and should support a healthy life for someone who is low-income, LGBTQ and aging. The Senior Fellow’s work will assist CHH as it explores developing the first affordable housing development in Seattle specifically designed to meet the needs of low-income, LGBTQ seniors. The work will also advance CHH’s efforts to make the neighborhood a place that supports an LGBTQ senior’s broader health needs.

The work will be varied and wide-ranging: a literature review of best practices for senior and LGBTQ health, aging in place and healthy housing; data collection of health indicators and disparities within the neighborhood and the LGBTQ community; or a collection of stories and health needs of the LGBTQ senior community. The exact nature and scope of the project will depend on the skills and talents of the Senior Fellow.

The Senior Fellow will work across departments at CHH and will have access to the knowledge, resources and expertise of a community organization with deep roots in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and a developer of affordable housing whose portfolio spans 2,200 residents and 48 buildings, including buildings for both low-income seniors and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Capitol Hill Housing is working on opening the first long-term living facility for low- and middle-income LGBTQ seniors in Seattle. The Senior Fellow will work closely with their peer Senior Fellow at Virginia Mason to fully represent the intersection of housing, health and community development in their work. 

As a final deliverable, the Senior Fellow will present to CHH and Virginia Mason leadership a plan for addressing the health of LGBTQ seniors in the neighborhood with specific recommendations for integrating health equity in CHH’s future housing development.  

Supporters

The Capitol Hill Housing–Humanity in Action Fellowship is supported by the Germeshausen Foundation and a community of individual donors in Seattle.

Eligibility and Application

All Humanity in Action Senior Fellows who have completed their Action Projects (or equivalent) are eligible to apply. The Fellowship is open to all disciplines, but Humanity in Action particularly encourages Senior Fellows with backgrounds in urban studies, architecture or public health issues, with a focus on geriatric care and aging. 

To apply for the Capitol Hill Housing–Humanity in Action Fellowship, please click here. Applications are due on April 10, 2017.