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Local foundation donates $10,000 and pledges $10,000 more in matching funds to help families displaced by Lam Bow Apartment fire


Local foundation donates $10,000 and pledges $10,000 more in matching funds to help families displaced by Lam Bow Apartment fire

SEATTLE— October 6, 2016—The Biella Foundation, a small Kirkland-based family foundation, made a $10,000 donation today to Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Lam Bow Fire Relief Fund to help the 19 low-income households displaced by the fire that destroyed their building in West Seattle on September 27. In addition to their initial donation, the Biella Foundation has pledged up to $10,000 more in matching funds to help inspire others to give to this effort.

All of the residents are being rehoused but fled the fire with nothing. Financial contributions to the Fund will help them replace furniture, household items, clothing and shoes, strollers and cribs, personal documents, school supplies, food and other necessities.
Community members who donate to help the Lam Bow residents rebuild their lives will now see their gifts matched, doubling the impact for these individuals in need. Donations are tax deductible and will go directly to the fire victims through SHA’s Campus of Learners Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization.

• To donate online, visit
• To donate via check, make checks payable to: Lam Bow Fire Relief Fund

Mail to:
Lam Bow Fire Relief Fund
c/o Campus of Learners Foundation
PO Box 19028
Seattle WA 98109-1028

Read the latest update on the fire and ongoing recovery operations.

Media contact:
Kerry Coughlin

About Seattle Housing Authority

The mission of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is to enhance the Seattle community by creating and sustaining decent, safe and affordable living environments that foster stability and self-sufficiency for people with low incomes. SHA provides long-term, low-income rental housing and rental assistance to more than 30,000 people in the City of Seattle. SHA owns and operates approximately 8,000 units at nearly 400 sites throughout the city. SHA also handles more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, enabling low-income residents to receive rental assistance throughout the Seattle housing market. Approximately 13,000 SHA residents are elderly or disabled and about 9,500 are children. SHA, a public corporation established in 1939, is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are SHA residents. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. More information is available at