The City is committed to achieving racial and social equity in Seattle. One way the City works to address racial and social equity is by creating and preserving affordable housing, particularly for lower-income households. Public investments in affordable housing enable people to continue living in their neighborhoods. Creating affordable housing is also a way to expand housing options in historically unaffordable neighborhoods.

For over 35 years, the Seattle Office of Housing has strategically invested Seattle Housing Levy and other local, state and federal funds to both create new and preserve threatened affordable apartments and homes throughout Seattle. The Office of Housing manages programs: 

  • Funding affordable housing - OH invests in affordable housing development; funds from the Seattle Housing Levy and development payments leverage other public and private funds to build hundreds of homes each year. Awards are made through a competitive process.
  • Incentivizing affordable housing - OH manages a number of City programs and policies that create affordable housing through incentives (e.g. multifamily tax exemption; incentive zoning; mandatory housing affordability). OH also provides oversight and compliance services.
  • Weatherizing and repairing homes - Low-income homeowners and renters can receive free or low-cost weatherization improvements. Low-income homeowners can also access loans and grants for critical home repairs.
  • Providing homeownership assistance - OH provides funding for downpayment assistance loans and invests in permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for first-time low-income homebuyers.


Community-Driven Outcomes in Affordable Housing Development

February 27, 2018

9:00 am - 3:30 pm Seattle  Central Library

The Seattle Office of Housing will be hosting a discussion on community participation in affordable housing development, both rental and ownership, to advance racial and social equity, anti-displacement and other community objectives.

To RSVP: Click here

Workshop Topics:

  • The affordable housing development process. Explore ways communities can engage and drive outcomes.
  • Local and national case studies. Panel discussion

In depth discussions:

  • Ownership, partnerships, shared decision-making
  • Housing access for local communities
  • Commercial, cultural and community spaces

Who should attend?

  • Organizations or individuals interested in promoting community outcomes in affordable housing development
  • Community and neighborhood organizations
  • Affordable housing and community development organizations
  • Business, cultural, and advocacy groups

City of Seattle Announces $100 Million in Affordable Housing Investments

On December 18, 2017 Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced more than $100 million in investments to build and preserve 1,450 affordable homes in neighborhoods across Seattle, including the construction of 896 new homes in nine new buildings. These Office of Housing investments represent a spectrum of different housing types for low-income residents, including permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness, apartments for low-income individuals and families, transit-oriented development, and homes for first-time homebuyers. 

Fort Lawton Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Published

The Seattle Office of Housing published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment on December 14, 2017. The City is currently reviewing comments provided at the January 9th public hearing and in writing during the public comment period, which closed on January 29th, 2018. A Final Environmental Impact Statement will be released by end of March 2018. 

Human Services Department announces the Draft Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development.

After the City of Seattle receives its U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding allocations (anticipated late spring 2018), the Human Services Department (HSD) will have 60 days to update the Draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development to include necessary policy or program changes, reflect actual allocation amounts, and hold a second public hearing for review of changes. The Consolidated Plan is a policy document required by HUD to guide use of an estimated FT 2018 $14 million of federal grant and program revenue funds for housing and human services. The estimate includes approximately $9 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, $2.5 million in HOME program funds, $820,000 in Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESG) funds and $2 million in Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.