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Affordable Housing Group Partners with Edmonds Community College Student

A group of local governments working together to expand housing affordability in Snohomish County found a new community resource in aspiring EdCC student, Tracy Naumoff. When the housing consortium needed an updated logo, Visual Communications student Naumoff stepped forward as a volunteer seeking professional experience. Consistent with its mantra of teamwork and collaboration, AHA worked with Naumoff to update the AHA logo as pro bono work, and thereby front-loaded her portfolio with professional experience.

“AHA found yet another opportunity to save money through collaboration,” explained Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor of Mukilteo and chair of the AHA Executive Board. Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, retired EdCC Dean of Student Life and Development, supports collaboration between students and government agencies. “An Edmonds Community College student earned real-life work experience and AHA received a professionally-produced rendition of the AHA logo. This is an example of how partnerships not only build community but are beneficial to each party,” said Mayor Smith.

In 2013, several Snohomish County cities partnered with the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO) and Snohomish County in a team effort to tackle the region’s housing affordability gap. Through collaboration and a sharing of resources, the Alliance for Affordable Housing (AHA) develops housing data and policy for its members at a discount price. Tracy Naumoff, a second-year student in the College’s Visual Communications program, will soon be entering the job market with professional experience in hand.