Policy

Our goal is to increase the production of affordable housing in King County through favorable public policy, increased resources, greater sector efficiency, and broad alliances committed to social equity within sustainable communities.

HDC works closely with government, housing providers, equity advocates, businesses, and community coalitions to implement public policies that create safe, healthy, affordable homes throughout King County.


Our 2018 Policy Priorities

Our 2019 Policy Priorities

In 2017, HDC’s staff, board, members and advocates stood up to advocate for affordable homes, equitable communities, and an end to homelessness. Together, we:

Funded Affordable Homes

  • Engaged in over 1000 actions to renew and expand the Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy. The levy will generate at least $330 million for housing and supportive services over its six-year life.
  • Held over 100 meetings with elected officials at the city, county, and state level. With the efforts of our partner the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, these meetings helped secure a $106.7 million allocation to the state Housing Trust Fund, expansion and an end to the sunset on Document Recording Fees which fund needed homelessness services, and a new effort to find and prioritize of surplus public lands for affordable housing development.
  • Worked with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Rep. Joan McBride to adopt a new, state-wide local optionto fund affordable housing capital.
  • Worked with Rep. Vandana Slatter to ensure sustainability of housing financed with low-income housing tax credit. 
  • Engaged in over 50 actions to support the expansion of  the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.

Built Inclusive Communities

  • Took action to ensure affordable housing is a priority for cities and that strong affordable housing policies were adopted in housing strategy plans, which set the guiding vision for how cities will treat housing issues over the next five years.
  • Continued ongoing advocacy work around the implementation of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) to enact inclusionary housing policies in Seattle.
  • Worked with legislators, equity and transit advocates to create new requirements for Sound Transit to use surplus properties for affordable housing.

Raised Awareness of Affordable Housing Needs & Solutions

  • Mobilized 50 front line staff at member organizations to take action for affordable housing in their back yard during our first ever two-day Advocacy Intensive.
  • Secured over 100 organizational endorsements and mobilized 1,000 emails and on behalf of HDC’s 2017 policy priorities.
  • Submitted comment letters, stressing the importance of affordable housing as essential to a healthy community.
  • Presented to municipal governments—including the Joint Meeting of South King County Mayors, the Auburn City Council, the SeaTac City Council, and the Shoreline City Council—civic clubs, educational institutions, and statewide conferences.
  • Testified all around the county in the cities of Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, Kenmore, Redmond, Renton, Seattle, SeaTac, Shoreline, and Tukwila, at the state legislature, and the Growth Management Planning Council.

Fostered Inter-Jurisdictional Collaboration

  • Spearheaded a partnership of South King County governments –the South King Housing and Homelessness Partnership (SKHHP).

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