Affordable Housing Under Development

Income Limit and Affordable Rent Examples

  City Funded, Mandatory Housing Affordability and Incentive Zoning 
Household Size Rent Limit
 Income Level 
 1 Person 
 4 Persons 
1 Bedroom 2 Bedrooms
30%  $23,250  $33,220  $622  $747
50%  $38,750  $55,350  $1,038  $1,245
60%  $46,500  $66,400  $1,162  $1,495
80%  $61,800  $88,250  $1,655  $1,986

Ex. A family of four renting a 2-bedroom at the 50% AMI level would qualify for the affordable apartment if they earned less than $55,300 per year and they would pay a maximum of $1,245 for rent per month.

Multifamily Tax Exemption
Income Level   Income Limit by Household Size    Rent Limit 
65% of AMI (Studio) $49,400 (1 person) $1,235
  75% of AMI (1-Bedroom)  $65,150 (2 people) $1,628
  85% of AMI (2-Bedroom)  $83,100 (3 people) $2,077

Definitions of Terms


City Funded (Minimum 50 years) - City Funded buildings represent direct investments by the Seattle Office of Housing to create affordable homes through a number of fund sources including, the voter approved Seattle Housing Levy, Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) and sales taxes retained through changes made in law by the Washington State Legislature, MHA and Incentive Zoning payments, as well as other one-time funding sources.

Affordable Units in Market-Rate Buildings

MFTE - Multifamily Tax Exemption program - The Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) program provides a 12-year property tax exemption on residential improvements (land and commercial improvements are subject to property taxes) to owners of multifamily rental buildings in exchange reserving at least 20 percent of the apartments in the building as affordable.
IZ - Incentive Zoning (50 years) - The Incentive Zoning (IZ) program allows commercial and residential developers to achieve additional development capacity, in exchange for providing affordable housing units or making a payment to fund affordable housing in Seattle. Performance IZ housing units coming on-line are represented in the data reported here and must remain affordable for 50 years.
MHA - Mandatory Housing Affordability (75 years) - The Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program requires new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for the preservation and production of affordable housing.

Development Status:

Application Submitted (MFTE only) - Office of Housing has received an application for the MFTE program. Note: Not all buildings with submitted applications participate in the MFTE program once development is completed. This data represents applications only and is an estimate of future affordable units. It is possible that not all of the affordable units presented in the data presented here will come on-line.
Pre-development - Building has received funding the Office of Housing and is in preliminary planning stage.

In permitting - Building is in process of obtaining necessary permits to begin construction.

Under Construction -Building has a building permit and construction has begun.

Other definitions:

City Regulated - Homes regulated as rent and income restricted through regulatory agreements with the City of Seattle Office of Housing.

Seattle Housing Authority - Homes rent and income restricted in buildings owned by Seattle Housing Authority. This does not include Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) used to rent in private market apartments.