Programs and Initiatives

Rental Assistance

A new round of rental assistance is coming! We understand that tenants and landlords are eager to receive assistance. Much more detail, including FAQs and how-to steps for access assistance with be forthcoming -please stay tuned

Community Preference

Community Preference helps building owners address displacement and advance racial equity. It allows for a carefully crafted prioritization process when leasing or selling units in areas with a history of displacement or high risk of displacement. 

Fort Lawton Redevelopment

The vision for Ft Lawton is an affordable, livable community that creates opportunities for those with low incomes to live in the Magnolia neighborhood, and takes advantage of the opportunity to increase recreational & open space.

Seattle Housing Levy

The Seattle Housing Levy funds affordable housing development for the lowest-income residents in Seattle. To date, over 13,000 homes have been created. A new $290 million housing levy was overwhelmingly passed by voters in August 2016.

Mount Baker Station Area Development

The City of Seattle and Sound Transit are working in partnership with community stakeholders and a consultant team to develop a preferred site plan for the City's Mount Baker sites and the Sound Transit East Portal site.

Rainier Valley Homeownership Initiative

The City of Seattle and Sound Transit are working to create at least 100 for-sale homes, permanently affordable to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers using Sound Transit surplus sites in Rainier Valley 

Intent to Sell

The Notice of Intent to Sell ordinance reauthorized by Council in 2019, provides the City with information about the intention to sell residential rental property with at least one unit rented at 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

First Time Homebuyer Program

The Office of Housing provides downpayment assistance to first-time homebuyers at or below 80% of area median income through partnerships with local nonprofits and lending institutions.

Mandatory Housing Affordability

Mandatory Housing Affordability ensures that new commercial & multifamily residential development contributes to affordable housing. This is done by requiring new developments to include affordable housing or contribute to the Office of Housing fund to support the development of affordable housing.