our staff and history

our KulshanCLT staff

Dean Fearing, Executive Director
(360) 671-5600 ext 106
DeanFearing@KulshanCLT.org

Christina Olson, Programs Director
(360) 671-5600 ext 107
ChristinaOlson@KulshanCLT.org

Nikki Quinn, Homeownership Coordinator
(360) 671-5600 ext 101
NikkiQuinn@KulshanCLT.org

Kendra Meyer, Outreach Coordinator
(360) 671-5600 ext 102
KendraMeyer@KulshanCLT.org

Ellen Myhre, Bookkeeper
(360) 671-5600 ext 105
Bookkeeper@KulshanCLT.org

our history

Since our incorporation in 1999, KulshanCLT has been providing access to homes that working people can afford to buy in Bellingham and Whatcom County. This has been an ongoing challenge with home prices increasing over 60% and median wages only increasing by 3%. The gap between wages and home prices continues to widen, keeping homeownership out of reach for many low- to moderate-income community members.

Purchasing a home is more than just qualifying for a mortgage, it is a huge financial commitment. From the beginning, we wanted all homebuyers, low-income and otherwise, to understand the long-term commitment in owning real estate. This is why we continue to provide free housing counseling and homebuyer education classes to anyone who is interested.

With buyers qualified by KulshanCLT, we assist by connecting buyers with reputable lenders who understand the CLT model and obtain down payment assistance from various resources to provide 10 – 30% down payment.

Today, with 119 homes in the trust, KulshanCLT has partnered with 166 homebuyers, including 47 resales, to achieve the dream of homeownership and provided education and training to hundreds more to acquire the skills necessary to become homeowners.

We are passionate about the work of KulshanCLT and continue to grow a community everyone can afford, even with housing prices and interest rates on the rise.