Housing Developments: “A down payment on an affordable future.”

921 new affordable homes coming to Seattle!

Mayor Durkan’s office announced this morning the city will invest just over $100 million in affordable homes for people with low incomes and those experiencing homelessness. Calling the investment “a downpayment on an affordable future,” Mayor Durkan noted that 896 new affordable apartments and 25 new homeownership opportunities would be created. The funding will also preserve 535 currently affordable homes. 

Other Developments…

  • Congress votes tomorrow on a final tax bill. The tax exemption for private activity bonds has been spared, but the final version still leaves a lot to be desired. 
  • National Development Council Training Opportunity for HDC Members: Through a partnership with the NDC, HDC members are entitled to a 27% discount on select NDC trainings. Details and registration here
  • Fort Lawton Update: Fenced-off, vacant, surplus public land in Magnolia could become affordable homes, but only with support from Seattle neighbors. The Seattle Office of Housing is accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement and an open house is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th. Affordable housing advocates, are you ready? RSVP here.
  • HDC Members: Register now for a Racial Equity Toolkit Workshops on Friday, Jan 12th! Learn why the racial equity lens is critical to your work, complete a self-assessment, commit to action steps identified in the toolkit, and more. Join us in-person or virtually for one of two sessions offered.
  • Kirkland zoning amendments will be informed by updated geological data thanks to a team of UW researchers. Enhanced data help ensure structures have the best available information to prepare for natural disasters.
  • Kent City Councilmembers approved an increase in property taxes to cover a general fund budget gap.
  • Bellevue City Council passed a number of amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, inlcuding adopting guiding principles for East Main redevelopment.
  • Executive Constantine announced a shift in funding priorities towards homelessness prevention.
  • Count Us In, All Home’s annual census of people experiencing homelessness, is now accepting volunteers. The count will take place in the early morning hours of Friday, January 26th. 

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