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Mayor Durkan Announces Additional Flexibility to Faith Communities Seeking to Build Affordable Housing

To address displacement and support community resilience, the City of Seattle is developing land use policies for faith communities creating affordable housing. On December 2, 2020 Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the City of Seattle is partnering with the faith community to support the development of more affordable homes throughout the… [ Keep reading ]

Office of Housing releases updated Compliance Manual for Multi-Family Tax Exemption(MFTE), Incentive Zoning (IZ) and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) programs

The Office of Housing is pleased to announce the release of the updated Compliance Manual for owners and/or property managers of Multi-Family Tax Exemption(MFTE), Incentive Zoning (IZ) and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) programs, also known as Affordable Housing Incentive Programs. The Compliance Manual is being released and owners and/or property… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Bold Action to Invest in 600 Apartments for Homeless Individuals in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Office of Housing Accelerates Seattle Housing Levy Funding to Support Proven, Long-term Solution to Homelessness  To bring more people inside during a public health crisis, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the City of Seattle Office of Housing is taking bold action to invest in 600 new units of permanent supportive housing in six buildings. This initiative capitalizes on Seattle’s expertise in funding evidence-based housing for people experiencing homelessness and will bring an unprecedented level of housing online by the end of 2021. These new homes will be in addition to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Bold Action to Deliver 500 Permanent Homes in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Office of Housing Accelerates Funding and Alternative Construction Method to Support Long-term Solution to Homelessness, Which Disproportionally Impacts People of Color  Seattle  (June 10, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the City of Seattle Office of Housing is taking bold action to create 500 new permanent supportive housing units through alternative construction, reducing significantly the costs and timeline. This initiative will leverage Seattle’s expertise in… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Emergency Eviction Order and Resources for those Impacted by COVID-19

Mayor Durkan Signs Emergency Order to Halt Residential Evictions (March 14, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed an emergency order to put into place a temporary moratorium on residential evictions, which will keep Seattle families from losing their homes as a result of impacts from the pandemic. The temporary moratorium will… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Highlights Progress Made on Housing and Homelessness During State of the City Address

Seattle (Feb. 18, 2019) – In her third State of the City Address, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan highlighted progress made on housing and homelessness and outlined her plans to further continue to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. You can watch the Mayor’s 2020 State of City or read… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $110 Million to Create 1,944 Affordable Homes, the Largest Award in the City’s History

City will leverage $600 million in additional investments through public and private sources Over the last 3 years City has directly invested $250 million for a total of nearly $1.5 billion to create 4,000 affordable homes Seattle (December 9, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that the City of… [ Keep reading ]

A message from the Director: Mayor Jenny Durkan’s 2020 Budget

Includes $25 Million for Affordable Housing Yesterday, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan released her 2020 Proposed Budget. In the second year of the two-year budget biennium, this budget maintains core services while at the same time increasing investments in five key priorities: affordable housing, homelessness, youth opportunity, transit and transportation and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Two Initial Steps As Part of Her New “Housing Seattle Now” Plan

Seattle (July 24, 2019) –Today, at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill, Mayor Durkan laid out her vision for addressing Seattle’s housing crisis and announce her plan for a surge of new investments in housing for low- and middle-income families: “Housing Seattle Now.” Mayor Durkan also announced two initial new… [ Keep reading ]

To Help Address Displacement in Southeast Seattle, Mayor Durkan Announces $4.92 Million to Permanently Fund Affordable Housing Cooperative at Othello Square

Community-Based Opportunity Center Includes Job Development, Small Business Assistance, Affordable Commercial Space and Additional Market-Rate and Affordable Homes Seattle (May 7, 2018) – To empower community efforts to curb displacement and build a more affordable future for Southeast Seattle, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Housing announced the… [ Keep reading ]