Honekamp honored with State housing award

SNAP CEO Julie Honekamp was her typical humble self when receiving a prestigious honor from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission last month.

Honekamp was the only recipient from the eastside of the state among the distinguished “Friends of Housing” roll call at the 26th annual Housing Washington Conference Oct. 1-3 in Spokane.

“I have walked this journey of service with some of the most amazing previous award winners over the past 25 years,” Honekamp said upon accepting the award. “In my search for something witty to say this evening or an eloquent quote to offer I was watching a rough cut of a video that SNAP helped produce when one of our partners said, ‘Life is not about making an income but about making an impact.’ We, each of you in this room are just that, we are impact makers, impact drivers – maybe even sometimes impact wrenches – when the circumstances call for that.”

“Friends of Housing” honorees are selected for their leadership and exceptional contributions to provide safe, decent and affordable housing.

“Julie is truly committed to SNAP’s core values of community, justice and respect,” said Karen Miller, chair of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. “Her strong leadership is creating opportunities for others throughout Spokane, especially those who are struggling to find safe, secure and affordable housing.”

Prior to taking over as CEO of SNAP in June 2011 from Larry Stuckart, Honekamp served as the agency’s housing developer, overseeing over a dozen projects totaling 280 units.

Honekamp has continued to lead the charge for affordable housing as CEO. Last year, SNAP transitioned 351 people from homelessness to permanent housing while completing 778 home repairs and accessibility modifications that allowed residents to remain safely in their homes. Under Honekamp’s leadership, SNAP also provided affordable housing to 851 people in 2018.  

“Knowing that nearly 1,000 SNAP tenants, our neighbors, will be housed and warm each night because of our work – that is our impact,” Honekamp said.  

Also recognized as “Friends of Housing” this year were: Chris Santoro, Rob Van Tassell, Nathan Gorton, ROC Northwest and Bremerton Housing Authority.