2024 Housing Development Internship Program Graduation

Earlier this month, our HDC team and guests gathered at El Centro de la Raza to honor and celebrate eleven students on their completion of the Housing Development Internship Program. This year’s graduation ceremony marks five program years of HDIP, a nine-month internship for BIPOC students interested in careers in the affordable housing sector.

HDIP is now accepting student and host agency applications for the 2024-25 program year. You can find more information and application materials by visiting our Housing Development Internship Program page.

Read on to learn more about these eleven future leaders.

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HDC Member Highlight: Tiscareno

Tiscareno is a mid-sized architecture firm with highly skilled and approachable professionals who create exceptional spaces where people want to work, live, and gather. Through a deep dedication to collaboration and affordability, Tiscareno produces beautiful, functional results that enrich communities for generations. Among their portfolio of work is a large mixed-use affordable housing project, Solera, developed by DevCo. Solera is a 590-unit project in Renton featuring 30,000 square feet of commercial space, an indoor basketball court, and work-from-home space.

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HDC Member Highlight: Imagine Housing

Over the last 35 years, Imagine Housing has developed apartment communities across the Eastside, providing an affordable home and supportive services to over 1,400 people with low-and-moderate incomes. As the only Eastside-based non-profit provider of affordable housing, Imagine Housing’s vision is an Eastside with interconnected and welcoming communities where all people can live, learn, work and play. 

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2024 Legislative Session Overview

Happy 2024, members, community stakeholders, and tireless affordable housing advocates!

The Housing Development Consortium is excited to announce the opening of the 2024 Washington State legislative session, on January 8, 2024. This 60-day short session is a valuable opportunity for transformative policy to create equitable, sustainable, and affordable housing.

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Celebrating and highlighting an extraordinary year

2023 was an exceptional year for HDC. We took the lead in spearheading a series of incredible victories for housing affordability and supportive services in King County, we played a pivotal role in addressing the legacy of housing discrimination, we laid the groundwork for this year’s round of comprehensive plan updates, and we continued our work in developing the future leadership of the sector.

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Honoring Frontline Staff, an Emerging Leader, and Board Service in 2023

White text on a blue background reads: 2023 Frontline Staff, Emerging Leader, and Board of Directors Awards

At our 2023 Annual Member Meeting last week, we had the distinct honor of presenting our Frontline Staff Awards, Emerging Leader Award, and Board of Directors Award. These awards recognize individuals who have been outstanding champions of HDC’s mission and have made an important impact in the community and the affordable housing sector. 

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A Historic Win – Renewal of the Seattle Housing Levy

Yesterday’s election delivered a major win for affordable housing in Seattle—the resounding passage of the 2023 Seattle Housing Levy renewal by over 66%.  This not only demonstrates the community’s commitment to addressing the pressing issue of affordable housing but also signifies a significant step towards creating a more equitable and inclusive city.

The Seattle area has grappled with a severe affordable housing crisis for years, with rising rents and limited housing options affecting everyone but having the most dire impacts on our most vulnerable neighbors.

The passage of this expanded Housing Levy is a pivotal win for affordable housing. It showcases Seattle voters’ collective resolve to address the housing crisis and provides critical funding to expand and preserve affordable homes for those in need. The Housing Levy has been Seattle’s foundational tool for affordable housing for nearly 40 years, with past investments creating over 12,000 affordable homes across Seattle.

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Safer Building Materials in Affordable Housing

Guest Post by Megan Liu & Erika Schreder with Toxic Free Future

Toxic-Free Future and partners created a new tool called the Healthy Materials Matrix that makes it easier for affordable housing developers to avoid toxic chemicals and create healthier housing. 

The Healthy Materials Matrix was created in partnership with the Housing Development Consortium, Healthy Building NetworkSundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, and International Living Future Institute, so that project teams working on affordable housing have an actionable guide for selecting healthier building materials that are free of toxics.

While we may not realize it, the building materials used in our workplaces, schools, and homes can contain chemicals harmful to health. For example, toxic halogenated flame retardants can be found in insulation, formaldehyde is used in composite wood, and phthalates are found in sealants, flooring, windows, and doors. These are just a few examples of toxic building materials

Everyone can be exposed to harmful chemicals in the indoor environment, but affordable housing deserves special attentionThat’s because residents of affordable housing tend to have disproportionately high exposure to toxic chemicals in building materials and furnishings as well as from other sources. Safer materials do exist and we don’t need harmful chemicals in materials we use to build and furnish buildings. 

With safer materials already in existence for most major building products, we saw an opportunity to create a new resource that can help affordable housing developers use safer materials and show policymakers that harmful chemicals in building materials can be regulated.

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Our 2022 Annual Report is out now!

2022 was truly a year of coming together and getting things done. In the face of a deepening affordable housing crisis, the 200+ members of HDC stepped up last year. It is our honor to share those accomplishments with you today in our 2022 Annual Report.

Throughout the pages of the report, you’ll find success stories from across the sector—from $440 million in new funding for affordable housing at the state level, to addressing systemic racial inequities through our work with the Black Home Initiative, to laying a foundation for the 2023 Seattle Housing Levy renewal, to celebrating the 300th graduate from our leadership development programs.

Every day, we do our work so that all of us—our neighbors, our families, and our communities—can come home. We know the need is urgent and the challenges are massive, and we know change is possible if we stand together, work together, and, most importantly, build together.

We hope you will enjoy reading our 2022 Annual Report. Thank you for your steadfast support and dedication to building our collective future: a region where all people can live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes.

Housing Internship Program Graduation

2023 HDIP Intern Graduates

Last month, our HDC team had the honor of celebrating seven students as they complete the Housing Development Internship Program. This year’s graduation ceremony marks the completion of four program years of HDIP, a nine-month internship for students of color interested in careers in the affordable housing sector. Approximately 35 people, including host agency supervisors and community members, gathered at the 12th Avenue Arts Building on June 12 to congratulate the interns on their projects and successes. 

Learn more about these seven future leaders below, and watch our new HDIP video to hear from three 2023 graduates about their experiences.

HDIP is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 program year—and this year, HDIP is expanding beyond affordable housing development to include focus tracks for architecture and construction management! You can also find more information and application materials by visiting our new HDIP landing page.

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