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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Candidate Sought for Housing Levy Oversight Committee

3/7/2007  3:30:00 PM
Maureen Kostyack, Office of Housing (206) 615-0986
Rebecca Hansen, Office of the Mayor (206) 684-8208

Candidate Sought for Housing Levy Oversight Committee

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels is seeking one member to serve on the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. This three-year position will begin in May, 2007, following confirmation by the city council.

“I urge candidates with a strong interest in low-income rental housing, housing that is affordable to low and moderate wage workers, homeownership, and homelessness to consider this important position,” said Mayor Nickels.

The Seattle Housing Levy was approved by the voters in 2002 and generates $86 million over seven years to provide affordable housing opportunities for low-income Seattle residents. The Levy funds 5 housing programs:

  • Rental preservation and production. This program provides capital funds for non-profit housing development
  • Operating and Maintenance. This program provides operating subsidies for funded housing that serves extremely low-income residents
  • Neighborhood Housing Opportunity Program. This program funds rental housing that supports community revitalization in an economically distressed area.
  • Home Buyer Assistance program. This program provides down payment loans to first-time home buyers
  • Rental Assistance. This program prevents homelessness by providing one-time emergency rent assistance and on-going rent assistance matched with case management.

Candidates representing the following areas are encouraged to apply: agencies developing and operating low-income rental or homeownership housing using Levy-funded programs, and community-based organizations working on community and economic development activities that include housing development.

The Oversight Committee is a thirteen-member, volunteer advisory board established by city ordinance. Seven members are appointed by the mayor, and six by the council, for three-year renewable terms. The Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring the progress of Levy programs and reporting to the mayor and city council on Levy progress and accomplishments. The Oversight Committee makes recommendations on the Levy Administrative and Financial Plan, which guides the use of funds in each of the five Levy-funded programs.

The Oversight Committee meets quarterly. More frequent meetings are typically scheduled when Levy administrative guidelines are under review or when the Oversight Committee elects to address emerging housing issues impacting Levy-funded programs. In addition to the regular meetings, members may attend council briefings or housing project events.

To be considered for appointment, please send a resume and letter of interest by April 2,, 2007 addressed to Mayor Greg Nickels c/o:

Rebecca Hansen, Boards & Commissions Administrator

Office of Mayor Nickels
Seattle City Hall, 7 th Floor
600- 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 94749
Seattle, Washington 98124-4749

The Nickels administration is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Maureen Kostyack, Housing Development and Program Manager at (206) 615-0986 or via email at, or the Mayor’s Boards and Commissions’ administrator, Rebecca Hansen, (206) 684-8208, or via email at

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