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A Message From Aselefech Evans, Our Equity and Program Manager, on the Recent Killings of Black Folx

Recently, I have found myself echoing and repeating the words #BlackLivesMatter more often than I would like to, not because I don’t believe those words, but because I need to remind myself of their truth and validity in a time … read more.

Exemplary Building Program Wall Guidelines Are Now Available

In October of 2019, the Exemplary Building Task Force met with stakeholders in the design and construction community in a workshop to develop several simple and cost-efficient common wall assembly designs that would work well in our region, while meeting … read more.

Walking the Walk

We know that King County needs 156,000 more affordable homes right now to ensure no one is spending more than 30% of their income on rent. The scale of the problem is vast, clear, and not up for debate. We … read more.

You Can Act Now!

The days are longer, the fruit is tastier, and the advocacy opportunities are riper. Summer is here and though school is out, local government is still in session. There are a lot of moving pieces going through local councils, so … read more.

2019 Annual Celebration Award Winners

HDC’s Annual Celebration is about recognizing the progress of the affordable housing movement, and the strength and depth of the commitment and compassion of the affordable housing community. The incredible achievements that have led us to the current moment where … read more.

“What happens when we combine rather than collide?”

            Tired, empty, hating what I carry But afraid to lay it down, stingy, Angry, doing violence to others By the sheer freight of my gloom Halfway home, wanting to stop, to quit But keeping … read more.

My Afternoon With Path With Art

“The things that a poem can teach them to see and to hear and to listen for are necessary.”-TKS How does poetry relate to housing? What power and presence can we glean from the arts to energize our affordable housing … read more.

A Quest for Empathy

Until I can understand why you Fled, why you are willing to bleed, Why you deserve what I must be Willing to cede, let me imagine You are my mother in Montgomery… – from “Refuge” by Tracy K. Smith HDC’s … read more.

MHA is a Win-Win for Seattle Housing Affordability

Seattle is finally moving forward to pass Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA), which would require all new development, no matter where it is built in Seattle, to contribute to affordable housing. This is long overdue. Non-profit developers stand ready to … read more.

A True Solution to a Real Problem: A Pro-MHA Response to Seattle Times

Seattle’s crippling housing crisis has made it harder for people of all income levels to live in our city. One major factor behind our skyrocketing cost of living is that our housing policies are stuck in the past. It is … read more.