What better use of old island acreage than to provide food, shelter and support for folks who are living here? Preliminary outline on the property use by each organization It’s a rare opportunity with great potential for good: OPAL is collaborating with the Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Food Bank, the Community Resource Center and […]
Housing Security Creates Happier, Healthier Families
Sara Lucia is grateful to be an OPAL homeowner. She attributes the affordability of her home as an important part of why she and her husband have been able to make some needed changes in their lives. Most recently, it has given them the opportunity to “change jobs, spend more time as a family, [and] […]
The “Hidden Homelessness”
Homelessness on Orcas looks different than in urban areas. Many rural homeless individuals live in places we do not see. They may be in the woods on private property, cars, sheds, tents and other places not intended for permanent habitation. Many live in substandard housing or RVs without adequate heat, water or septic. On Orcas, […]
Nurturing the Communities of Wild Rose Meadow: John and Vicki Clancy
Key to ensuring the growth and health of the wetlands in Wild Rose Meadow has been the years of dedicated work by neighborhood volunteers John and Vicki Clancy, steadfast stewards of the land who adopted the wetlands as their ecological ward.
65 Rosehip Road
Built in 2010, this home is part of the Wild Rose Meadow neighborhood in Eastsound. It is a single story, 2-bedroom, 1-bath house and has 945 square feet of living space. Built to last, this home was constructed with cement board siding, a metal roof and has a propane heating system. Storage space attached to […]
Now Hiring – Director of Administration and Finance
Join the OPAL Team The Director of Administration and Finance oversees administrative and finance systems for OPAL and its subsidiaries; develops reports and analysis for financial decision-making; coordinates, produces and monitors budgets; and manages compliance with grantors and regulators. The position is year-round full-time. Work may be done remotely or in the office, with an […]
Working for the Long Haul: Your Gifts Create Healthier Housing
The last two years have provided OPAL with the opportunity to conserve long-term rental housing on the island. Nineteen affordable rentals, at Northern Heights across from the library and on Mt. Baker Road near the airport, came on the market in 2021. With some timely help from you and other supporters, OPAL purchased the properties […]
OPAL and PSCCU Explore Joint Venture
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU) recently purchased the building at 221 A Street in Eastsound, where the post office is located. The credit union wants the current business tenants to remain in the building and plans to establish a retail branch for the credit union on the same property. PSCCU also wants to help […]
OPAL’s Purchase of the Northern Heights Apartments is Fully Funded!
Thanks to the support of many islanders, the Northern Heights Apartments across from the library will continue to be year-round and affordable rental housing. OPAL Community Land Trust will purchase and then renovate the property. The current tenants will be able to stay. After learning last December that the Washington State Housing Trust Fund would […]
Eastsound Vision Survey — Request an Invite!
Be a part of the voice that shapes Eastsound over the next 20 years. Request an invite to the Eastsound Vision Survey . Share your views and opinions on Livability. Open Space, Village Character, and Parking/Lighting/Transportation.