Programs and Initiatives

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.

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.

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.