The Seattle Office of Housing builds strong healthy communities and increases opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city. For 35 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, the City has created and preserved over 12,500 affordable homes throughout the city, helped 900 families purchase their first home, and provided emergency rental assistance to 6,500 households.


2016 Rental Housing Program Funding Announced

The Office of Housing has announced the availability of $34 million in funding for the development of affordable rental housing in Seattle. Read the 2016 Notice of Funding Availability >

2015 Annual Report to the Community

2015 was a banner year for the Office of Housing and affordable housing in Seattle. Read our 2015 Annual Report to the Community to see the stats and see the stories of people who benefited from our programs. More >

2016 Seattle Housing Levy Placed on August Ballot

On May 2nd, the Seattle City Council voted to place the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy on the August 2nd ballot. Voters will be asked to decide on a $290 million property tax (over 7 years) to produce and preserve 2,150 apartments affordable for at least 50 years, reinvest in 350 affordable apartments, provide rent assistance and other supports for 4,500 families to prevent homelessness, assist 280 low-income homeowners, and provide loans for acquisition and rental rehabilitation of existing affordable apartments. More >

Under One Roof: A New Website on Housing Affordability in Seattle

Learn why affordable housing is so important to a vibrant community, what the challenges are for low-income families in Seattle, and the impact the Seattle Housing Levy has had on our community in the last 30 years. More >

HUD Releases 2016 Income and Rent Limits

Housing and Urban Development has updated the income and rent limits, which guide qualifications for many City programs including our Rental Housing and Production Program and the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program. View the new income and rent limits >

Annual Housing Levy Report of Accomplishments Released

On March 2, the Office of Housing delivered its annual Report of Accomplishments for 2015 on the Seattle Housing Levy to City Council. The report shows continued success in the Levy's second to last year of production. The full report can be viewed here >