Leveraging Growth for Affordability

The City, through new development downtown, has created community benefits and affordable housing. In the last two years we have leveraged growth and created over 1500 new affordable homes. Learn more.

Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA)

For the first time, we are requiring that new development contribute to affordable housing throughout our city. Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) will create and preserve 6,000 rent- and income-restricted homes over 10 years. MHA is now in place in the U District, Downtown, and South Lake Union. We are looking for community input on citywide MHA implementation. Join the conversation.

Seattle Housing Levy

For 30 years the Housing Levy has been key to building housing for those most in need. HALA called for a doubling of Housing Levy dollars and the voters agreed. More affordable housing is being built in our city because of this investment.

Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE)

We expanded the reach of the Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) program. This means new buildings can include rent- and income-restricted homes in more neighborhoods, increasing affordable housing options throughout Seattle.