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Tashiro Kaplan
Artists Lofts

Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts
Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
Units: 50

Cooper School/ Youngstown
Cultural Arts Center

Cooper School/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Neighborhood: Delridge
Units: 36

Hiawatha Artists Lofts
Hiawatha Artists Lofts
Neighborhood: Jackson Place
Units: 61

Artist Housing

The City of Seattle recognizes that artists need the same thing other working people need: an affordable home. Working-class artists are a vital part of Seattle’s past, present and future. Towards that end, the Office of Housing has partnered with Artspace Projects, Inc. and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, to build nearly 150 units of housing designed to meet the needs of artists.

"Locally and nationally, it's an established fact that the arts are good for the economy and that arts developments are good for neighborhoods,” said Artspace President L. Kelley Lindquist.

The City of Seattle realizes that artists have specialized housing needs, often preferring open, loft-style spaces instead of a more conventional floor plan. Additionally, the buildings allow artists to stay in the city and live near the galleries that show their work. Finally, these developments bring art to the community via retail and gallery space.

The Seattle Housing Levy has funded three apartment buildings with units affordable to and designed for working artists: Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts and Hiawathta Artists Lofts, owned by Artspace Projects, Inc., and Cooper School/Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, owned by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. Please visit these agencies' websites for rental information.

In addition to these buildings designed specifically with artists' needs in mind, painters, musicians, filmmakers and other working artists have found homes in other Seattle Housing Levy-funded apartments around the city. Besides being affordable to artists, these Levy-funded apartments offer additional amenities, including great locations in diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, a sense of community and a close proximity to transit and other amenities.

For more information about affordable housing in Seattle, we provide contact info and website links for our many non-profits partners on our affordable housing links page.

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