The mission of the FHA is:

To protect, preserve and promote the vitality of Seattle’s historic floating homes community through education, advocacy, environmental stewardship and collaboration. 

As a nonprofit organization, the FHA is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board sets the agenda for the FHA and operates within the following four guiding principles:

  • To honor and preserve the history, culture and diversity of the floating homes community.
  • To monitor, educate and advocate on issues of concern to the floating homes community.
  • To work together with our neighbors to strengthen our sense of community.
  • To encourage active participation within the membership of the Floating Homes Association.

FHA Board members have the following responsibilities:

  • Endorse and promote the FHA Mission and Guiding Principles
  • Become familiar with FHA Bylaws
  • Strive to attend all board meetings (75% attendance level is the minimum standard – waivers are allowed for special circumstances) and notify office manager in advance if unable to attend
  • Review meeting materials prior to each meeting and be prepared to engage in thoughtful dialogue
  • Actively participate in one standing or ad hoc committee
  • Support a culture of inquiry and constructive debate that leads to sound decision making
  • Respect different opinions and assume the good intentions of Board colleagues while remaining willing to question assumptions and challenge conclusions
  • Share one’s perspectives without reservation
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive Board discussions
  • Always adhere to ethical standards and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Hold oneself and other Board members accountable for meeting the above expectations