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Project sponsors that are planning to apply for Office of Housing (OH) funds to develop affordable rental housing are required to prepare their project for application through the following stages. Before considering applying for funds, applicants should also review OH’s funding notices and policy documents to become familiar with all the priorities, processes and requirements associated with OH funds. 

Pre-application Meeting
Project sponsors must schedule a pre-application meeting with Office of Housing lending staff to determine eligibility prior to application. OH encourages pre-application meetings in the early stages of project development to allow for meaningful feedback and guidance in relation to OH funding requirements and priorities. To arrange a pre-application meeting, please contact Laurie Olson, 206-615-0995.

Developer Fee Schedule
Project sponsors are eligible to collect a developer fee consistent with the Office of Housing Developer Fee Schedule. Development budgets should be prepared consistent with the OH schedule. See the schedule here.

Consistency Certification
To be eligible for application, projects must receive a certification letter that deems the project consistent with the City of Seattle Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. Applicants must complete a checklist and submit required materials at least 30 days in advance of the date when the certification is needed. For more information, visit our Consistency Certifications page.

Neighborhood Notification & Community Relations Guidelines
As part of being deemed consistent with the Consolidated Plan, projects must perform certain neighborhood notification and community outreach. The exact requirements of the policy may be found in the Neighborhood Notification and Community Relations Guidelines within the Housing Policies of the Consolidated Plan (Section 5.B, beginning on pg. 46). Instructions on how to obtain addresses within 500 feet of the proposed site are detailed below.


How to Obtain Addresses within 500 Feet of a Development Site

Neighborhood notification and community relations requirements from Seattle’s 2009-2012 Consolidated Plan include distributing notices about the development to each address within 500 feet of the housing site. Addresses can be found by using the King County parcel viewer.

If you plan on distributing notices by hand:

  • Go to Parcel Viewer on the King County government website; use ‘Enhanced Mode’
  • Enter the address or the parcel number of the development site
  • Set the ‘buffer distance’ at 500 ft.; the application will return a list of taxpayer names and site addresses

If you plan on sending notification by mail:

  • Go to Parcel Viewer on the King County government website; use ‘Enhanced Mode’
  • Enter the address or the parcel number of the development site
  • Set the ‘buffer distance’ at 500 ft.; the application will return a list of taxpayer names and site addresses. Download the list of addresses generated by Parcel Viewer
  • For the mailing addresses for the owners of properties within 500 feet of the development site, go to Property tax info on the King County government website
  • Enter each property tax account number (generated from the Parcel Viewer search) to obtain each taxpayer's mailing address

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