Housing Steve Walker, Director
The Seattle Office of Housing builds strong healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city. For over 30 years, the City has managed investments from the Seattle Housing Levy and other state and federal sources to fund the preservation and production of affordable apartments and homes. The Office of Housing also develops policies and manages programs that support further affordable housing production. To date, over 12,500 affordable homes have been produced and thousands of homes have been repaired or improved.
Mayor Releases Initial Proposal for 2016 Seattle Housing Levy
On February 3, Mayor Murray released his initial proposal to renew and expand the Seattle Housing Levy, which is expiring at the end of the year. The $290 million proposal would produce and preserve 2,150 apartments affordable for at least 50 years, make improvements to 350 units, provide rental assistance to 475 very low-income households, and help 380 low-income familes purchase their first home. A series of community conversations are planned in February to get feedback on the proposal from the public. Learn more about the Housing Levy and provide your input on the proposal >
$45 Million Awarded for Affordable Housing
On December 9, Mayor Murray announced a record investment in affordable housing, creating 809 homes for Seattle's low-income residents. This funding comes primarily from the Seattle Housing Levy and payments made through the Incentive Zoning program, and is nearly double OH's typical annual investment. Learn more>
New Director's Rule on Incentive Zoning
The City approved a new rule that allows developers of affordable housing in downtown to participate in the Incentive Zoning Program as well as receive other incentives or funding, similar to other areas in Seattle. Read the official Director's Rule.