We're listening. Join the conversation.

We are having citywide conversations, meeting people where they already meet in their communities and using existing technology to get input. For an overview of recent accomplishments and ongoing work, download our two-page dashboard on HALA strategies. Right now, we need your input on citywide, draft zoning maps to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). Join the conversation on HALA.Consider.it or talk to us in person at events scheduled until June 30. To learn about MHA, download this pamphlet.

Ways to learn more and share your thoughts:

Monthly Newsletter: Subscribe to the HALA Newsletter in the right sidebar. Click here for the HALA Newsletter Archive.
Online conversation: Consider.it 
In-person: Come to one of our open houses, or invite us to yours (halainfo@seattle.gov)
HALA Hotline: Call us at (206) 743-6612. We do our best to answer the phone M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you get our voicemail, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

HALA around the City




Reddit "Ask Me Anything" HALA Conversations

City staff answered questions here on March 30th. Read the dialogue to learn more about HALA and learn from your neighbors, HERE. We will be hosting more AMA's, so check our calendar or join Reddit to stay informed.

Consider.it: Online conversations between neighbors (ongoing)

Read the conversation around MHA zoning proposals or login and share your thoughts, HERE.

HALA Housing Stories

Attending events and talking to Seattlites about their housing situations has been a huge learning experience for the HALA team. After so many listening sessions, we decided to start capturing stories from the people who are effected by the changes in our City. Here are a few stories from you neighbors on our Youtube channel. Feel free to share your story with us. We will add it to our playlist.

Housing Stories Videos

Telephone Town Halls

The Mayor called 70,000 households directly to talk with them about HALA. This was a direct dial program, based on zipcodes. Telephone Town Halls took place on the following dates. Use links below to listen to audio recordings of each event.

January 31, 2016 at 4pm (January 31st audio recording)
February 2, 2016 at 6pm (February 2nd audio recording)
February 4, 2016 (February 4th audio recording)

Focus Group (Archive)

Community Focus Groups met for nearly one year to help craft the Principles that are now guiding how we apply MHA. Maps of proposed zoning changes are available online and at in-person meetings. Have a look below for links to more information. Please check the calendar often for other opportunities to engage and share your ideas.

Key Resources

Principles for MHA Implementation: Read our final summary of Focus Group input on the guiding principles for implementing MHA zoning changes citywide.

Draft MHA Zoning Maps

See the draft zoning changes to put MHA into effect at our online conversation platform, HALA.Consider.it.  You'll also find a short video explaining how to read and understand the maps.

We want your input! This first draft is intended to solicit feedback and ideas for improving the zoning changes that will implement MHA affordable housing requirements. 

MHA Development Examples

See illustrations of example buildings in various zones under new MHA development standards and affordable housing requirements:

Focus Group Meeting Materials (Archive)

Click here to go to the original Focus Group page with all the meeting materials, summaries and more.