#SeattleNeighbors is a community space for sharing stories to build momentum for housing affordability in the city. Advocates for affordability across the city are creating film, photo, and graphic storytelling that helps refocus Seattle’s policy conversations on what matters most: the people who live here. The website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages, and the hashtag showcase these projects.  

The stories showing our neighbors’ full names belong to people who have given us and any reporter permission to quote from, use, or share their story. If you are a member of the press and would like to contact one of these neighbors for an interview, please contact Kelsey Hamlin at kelseyh@sightline.org.

To kick off the #SeattleNeighbors sharing community in 2017 and 2018, Sightline commissioned two photojournalists to capture stories that help illustrate the challenges as well as the promise of a growing city. These portraits and voices remind us that Seattle needs more housing, in all shapes and sizes, for all our neighbors.


Kelsey Hamlin was a freelance community journalist and occasional photographer in Seattle. She now works at Sightline as their communications associate, is the project lead for Seattle Neighbors, and creates all of the graphics you see for the project.

Mike Hipple is a freelance photographer based in Seattle, WA and has worked with clients ranging from US News and World Report to Microsoft to Philips Technology to Sunset Magazine. Michael received a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and also studied at the Speos Institute in Paris, France. His first book, "80s Redux," will be released in spring 2018 through Schiffer Publishing.

Chloe Collyer is a freelance photographer and 5th-generation Seattleite with a degree in commercial photography from Seattle Central's Creative Academy. After 10 years of studying photo around the Northwest, Chloe is now committed to a life of documentary storytelling and working with youth. Chloe reports on issues of discrimination and human rights for many local and national news sources including the Seattle Times, NPR, First Look Media, and more.