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

Policy Priority Setting Process for 2019

In 2016, 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 100 actions to secure a $87 million investment in TOD bonds to support 1000+ affordable homes near transit.
  • 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 increased allocations to the Eastside Housing Trust Fund, a $290 million Seattle Housing Levy, and historic equitable development investments as part of Sound Transit 3.
  • Urged all 15 ARCH member cities to increase their allocations to the Eastside Housing Trust Fund, securing a $3.1 million in general fund contributions- a 28.6% increase over last biennium.
  • Worked with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and Rep. Joan McBride to adopt a new, state-wide local option to fund affordable housing capital.

Built Inclusive Communities

  • Took over 648 actions in 20 cities to ensure affordable housing was a priority for cities and that strong affordable housing policies were adopted in Comprehensive Plan updates, which set the guiding vision for how cities will treat growth issues over the next 20 years.
  • Worked with cities including Renton, Kent, and Tukwila to help them understand how source of income discrimination (SOID) impacts their communities and what they can do to protect their residents. Our advocacy led to three new ordinances prohibiting SOID!
  • 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.
  • In partnership with our North King County Affordable Housing Workgroup, ensured new development in Shoreline’s 185th Street Light Rail Station Area will include affordable housing.

Raised Awareness of Affordable Housing Needs & Solutions

  • Secured over 100 organizational endorsements and mobilized 1,032 emails and on behalf of HDC’s 2016 policy priorities.
  • Submitted 44 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.
  • Worked with students from the University of Washington to produce forward-thinking research on what jurisdictions can do to promote the health and affordability of housing.
  • Testified 115 times in the cities of Bellevue, Seattle, SeaTac, Shoreline, and Tukwila, at the state legislature, and the Growth Management Planning Council.

Fostered Inter-Jurisdictional Collaboration

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

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