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 800 families purchase their first home, and provided emergency rental assistance to 6,500 households.


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 >

Mayor Proposes Renewed 2016 Seattle Housing Levy for August Ballot

On March 3, Mayor Murray delivered his proposal to City Council to renew and expand the Seattle Housing Levy in 2016. The $290 million proposal would produce and preserve 2,150 apartments affordable for at least 50 years, reinvest in 350 existing affordable apartments, provide rent assistance and other supports for 4,500 families to prevent homelessness, help 100 low-income homeowners stay in their homes, and 180 families purchase their first home. More >

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 >

$57 Million Awarded for Affordable Housing

In 2015, the Office of Housing awarded a record $57 million for affordable housing production throughout Seattle, creating 924 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 more than double OH's typical annual investment. More>