Housing Development Consortium: Supporting Low-Cost Housing in Seattle and King County

High rents and home prices throughout the Seattle area have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions. Low-income families, veterans, the disabled, and unemployed workers all face daily challenges because of a lack of affordable places to live in our area.

The Housing Development Consortium (HDC) works with builders, policymakers, and other nonprofits with the goal of providing safe and affordable housing for every person. We want your help to ensure we can continue to keep families and individuals who desperately need our assistance.

Because of HDC housing, 116,000 King County residents – including nearly 10,000 children – won’t have to spend tonight on the streets. Learn more about our programs here, or get involved by contacting a member of our group.

Note: the HDC coordinates with builders and advocacy groups, but does not handle housing assignments directly. If you are in urgent need of shelter in or around Seattle, please call 211 immediately to reach the King County Crisis Hotline.


We focus efforts to find affordable housing for residents into three roles:

Advocate – we propose new policies to elected officials on behalf of builders, nonprofits, and underserved populations.

Broker – we coordinate working relationships on behalf of all our members to ensure our consortium always negotiates from a position of strength.

Convener – we know that making the right introductions is always the first step towards progress. We provide numerous opportunities for our members to get together and discuss affordable housing solutions.

Affordable Housing is a Cause For Everyone

Although HDC programs are invaluable to the homeless and other vulnerable populations, our work benefits the entire community. That’s because people struggling to find housing often:

  • Travel long distances to and from work, affecting Seattle businesses
  • Place their children in schools that may be difficult to reach, decreasing education quality
  • Miss out on valuable services (such as healthcare, or assistance) because of insufficient transportation, increasing the public burden for these expenses
  • Forgo basic necessities to make mortgage or rent payments, requiring more emergency care and government intervention

Our organization is a coalition in every sense of the word. HDC brings together builders, architects, financial institutions, service providers and local authorities with the common goal of using finding common sense solutions to the problems associated with rising housing costs. Collectively we don’t just build new homes, but a stronger Seattle.

Join the HDC Today!

Whether you’re a builder who wants good business with a good cause, a service provider in the construction are financial industry, or someone who just wants to help us solve the growing crisis associated with the high cost of housing in King County, you can get involved by calling HDC at 206-682-9541. We look forward to speaking with you!

The HDC and its partners coordinate activities throughout King County and the greater Seattle area, including Bellevue, Renton, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, Kent, Issaquah, Burien, Federal Way, Mercer Island, Tukwila, Auburn, SeaTac, Sammamish, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Bothell.