Projects in Construction

The Office of Housing has established the following requirements for construction on multifamily projects awarded OH funds. Additional requirements are laid out in OH's Funding Policies.

Construction work on multifamily projects funded by OH is subject to minimum wage rate requirements. Read the full Residential Prevailing Wage Rate Policy or contact your project manager for more information.

The City encourages the utilization of women- and minority-owned businesses (WMBEs) for the construction and other contracted services. Visit the State WMBE directory and the City of Seattle vendor directory to search for WMBE contractors. During construction, project sponsors must submit monthly WMBE reports providing data on the contractors and consultants working on the project:

Projects that are awarded federal funds through the Office of Housing must comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which requires that employment and other economic opportunities generated by the project be directed to low-income persons, to the maximum extent feasible. Sponsors must collect evidence of compliance from their contractors, including Section 3 Hiring and Subcontracting Plans, Section 3 business certifications, and monthly status reports.

All Rental Housing Program projects funded by the Office of Housing must follow the Washington State requirements for Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard. Detailed requirements may be found at the Department of Commerce website. In projects jointly funded by the state and OH, the Department of Commerce will monitor for compliance. For projects without state funding, see OH's procedures for monitoring compliance with ESDS.