Take Action for Housing Affordability in Seattle

Action Items for Seattle Advocates:

Make a Dent in our Affodable Housing Crisis: Support Affordable Homes at Fort Lawton

 Submit a Comment by January 29th

Near Discovery Park sits a fenced-off, vacant plot of surplus public land. Once the home of Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center, this property is federally-owned and can be given to the city at no cost if it is used for affordable housing.

As affordable housing advocates, we know this is a wonderful opportunity. The site could be redeveloped into nearly 240 affordable homes including apartments and homeownership opportunities. Many of these homes would be available specifically for people currently experiencing homelessness- bringing people inside to safety and health.

These homes won’t be built without your support. Here’s how you can help:

Submit a comment
The City is now accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) through January 29th

The opportunity to develop 240 new affordable homes on surplus public land is one that Seattle can’t afford to pass up. Take action to help make it happen!


Local governments know their local affordable housing needs. HB 1797 gives them more ways to meet them.

HB 1797 is our best chance this session to ensure local governments can fund the affordable housing development and preservation that their communities need.

Take action now >>>

What’s HB 1797?

This bill, sponsored by Rep. McBride (D-48), would help city and county governments support development and preservation of affordable homes in their own communities. If enacted, it would give local governments the ability to implement a 0.1% sales tax for affordable housing, give them the flexibility to use REET dollars for affordable housing, and the the ability to get a one-time reimbursement from the state for their investments in affordable housing.

We can pass HB 1797 this year if we let our lawmakers, friends, and neighbors know about it!

Take action with us

We’ve got four ways you can support HB 1797, and we’ll share a new one each week along with an update on the bill’s progress. Here we go!

Week 1: Email your lawmakers!

Let your lawmakers in Olympia know you want them to support HB 1797. Punch in your address, and you can send a message to your lawmakers urging their support or thanking them for their sponsorship of the bill. We bet you can do it in under a minute.

Happy advocating!

-HDC Policy & Advocacy Team


2017 HALAyes Calendar of Achievements

From the MHA-activating rezones to Fair Chance Housing, 2017 was a big year for HALA. Check out what Seattle accomplished and what’s next for 2018 here.
For an easy-to-print PDF versions, click here.


Housing Gaps in Seattle

To meet the county-wide proportional need for affordable homes in 2030, Seattle needs:

  • 27,481 homes affordable to households with incomes between 0-30% of Area Median Income (AMI)
  • 12,661 homes affordable to households with incomes between 30-50% of AMI
  • 7,125 homes affordable to households with incomes between 50-80% of AMI

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Health & Housing in Seattle

About 4 in 10 households in Seattle are housing cost-burdened

68% of Seattle households have a risk of lead exposure

3,481 Seattle households are overcrowded

6,354 Seattle households have inadequate plumbing or kitchen facilities

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