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City Inside/Out Local Issues: Plan for Housing Affordability

City leaders have forged a "Grand Bargain" between developers, low-income advocates and other stakeholders to address the housing crisis. The Seattle City Council is now working on new legislation to create 20,000 more affordable housing units in the next decade. 

Find Housing

Resources to assist low-income families to find an apartment.

Sign Up for Classes & Programs

Online registration system for Parks classes and programs.

Find Housing

Resources to assist low-income families to find an apartment.

Sign Up for Classes & Programs

Online registration system for Parks classes and programs.
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Apply for a $20 Car Tab Rebate

Eligible vehicle owners receive a $20 rebate on their car-tab fees.

Apply for Tenant Relocation Assistance

Landlords must offer tenants relocation assistance if tenants must move due to redevelopment or certain code violations.

Apply for Upward Bound

Upward Bound prepares high school students for higher education.

Apply to the Seattle Preschool Program

City-wide, high quality preschool for open to all of Seattle’s early learners.

Apply to the Seattle Youth Employment Program

Paid internships for Seattle Youth, 14- 24 years old.

Find Housing

Resources to assist low-income families to find an apartment.

Find Resources for Immigrants & Refugees

Helpful links for immigrants and refugees living in Seattle/King County.

Find Youth Jobs

Teen and youth job programs through Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Get Assistance for Seniors

Assistance for Seattle residents age 55 and over.

Get Foreclosure Prevention Help

Resources to help, including free counseling and legal services.

Get Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18.

Get Free Weatherization Services

For Seattle homeowners and rental property owners, if they meet income qualifications.

Get Help Paying for Childcare or Before/After School Care

The City provides a subsidy to families who qualify.

Learn Renters' Rights

A variety of state, federal and local laws help guide landlords and protect renters in Seattle.

Report Civil Rights Violation

File complaint or ask question about discrimination in employment, housing, public accomodations, and contracting.

Sign Up for Classes & Programs

Online registration system for Parks classes and programs.

Sign Up for Utility Discount

Covers up to 60% of utility bills for eligible customers.

30 Programs

$20 Car Tab Rebate Program

Provides income qualified vehicle owners a $20 rebate on their car-tab fees.

Civil Rights Enforcement

Enforcing discrimination laws by investigating complaints in employment, housing, public accomodations, and contracting.

Community & School Based Family Support

Family support services that focus on closing the achievement gap.

Community Living Connections

The City of Seattle is part of the Community Living Connections network, offering an extensive, reliable network for aging and disability services in the King County area.

Conservation Corps

An employment program for formerly troubled people.

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program

Free preschool for low-income families.

Fair Housing

Enforcement of fair housing laws and outreach to community and property managers housing rights.

Fair Housing Testing

Testing for discrimination in housing due to race, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Foreclosure Prevention

Provides resources to support struggling homeowners.

Home Repair

Loans to low-income households for critical home repairs.

Homeownership Assistance

Assists low-income residents to purchase their first home.

HomeWise Weatherization

Free weatherization for low-income households.

Incentive Zoning

Creates affordable housing through land use code incentives.

Interagency Health

Health services to students at Seattle's alternative high schools.

Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens

Information on discounts on good and services for seniors.

Multifamily Tax Exemption

Provides tax exemption for affordable housing set asides in new construction.

Nurse-Family Partnerships

Pre- and post-natal support to low-income, first time moms.

ORCA Lift

Income-qualified riders can save up to 50% or more on public transit.

Parent Child Home Program

Home visiting program to promote school readiness.

Rental Assistance

Funding to nonprofit organizations to assist low-income renters who are facing homelessness.

Rental Housing Program

Funds affordable apartment buildings.

Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance

Helps ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements.

Safe Time

Critical protection for workers who need to take time off work for safety issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

School Based Health Centers

Health centers on site at funded schools.

Seattle Youth Employment Program

Paid summer internships for Seattle Youth, 14- 24 years old.

Seattle/King County Clinic

Free four-day clinic offers a range of dental, vision and medical services to anyone in need.

Smoke/CO Alarm Programs

Installs combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in qualifying Seattle residences.

Summer Food Service Program

The program provides no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound prepares high school students for higher education.

Utility Discount Program

Discounts on your Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities bills.