February 27, 2018
Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) News
Citywide Open Houses:
Learn more about MHA and other City services that promote equity
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and other City departments are coming to your District to share programs, get feedback, and provide opportunities to see updated maps for Mandatory Housing Affordability. We'd love to talk with you. ´╗┐
District 5 + 6 Open House : February 28, 6-8pm
at Whitman Middle School Gym

Departments who plan to attend: Office of Community Planning and Development (OPCD), Office of Housing (OH), Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Seattle Parks, Seattle City Light (SCL), Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI), Human Services (HSD), Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE), Office of Economic Development (OED) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

District 3 + 7 Open House : March 29, 6-8pm
at Washington Hall
District 2 Open House : April 28, 10am-12pm
at New Holly Gathering Hall
District 1 Open House : May 9, 6-8pm
at Louisa Boren K-8

We will be updating our calendar periodically with more information on which departments and programs will be present at each event.

Past Open Houses:
District 4 Open House : January 30, 6-8pm
at Hamilton International Middle School
Public Hearings and
´╗┐Council Meetings
Districts 5 + 6: March 12 at Northgate Community Center

Districts 3 + 7: April 16 at Broadway Performance Hall at Seattle Central College
District 2: May 7 at Franklin High School
District 1: June 5 at Chief Sealth High School
Citywide: June 25 at Seattle City Hall

Dates and times are subject to change.  Click here to go to City Council's home page.
Seattle City Council has formed a Committee of the Whole (which means all Councilmembers participate) for MHA and will be holding committee meetings and public hearings over the next 6 months. All events are open to the public and provide time for public comment.

Get in touch with City Council and share your suggestions for Mandatory Housing Affordability:

MHA legislation transmitted to Seattle City Council

Read the proposed legislation online HERE. We know this legislation document is pretty dense stuff, so feel free to email us: halainfo@seattle.gov or
call the hotline: 206-743-6612 with questions.
Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) News
City of Seattle announces
´╗┐$100 million in affordable housing investments
In December Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced more than $100 million in investments to build and preserve 1,450 affordable homes in neighborhoods across Seattle, including the construction of 896 new homes in nine new buildings.

These Office of Housing investments represent the power of the voter approved Housing Levy as well as the growth of investments through developer contribution, and will provide a spectrum of different housing types for low-income residents, including permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness, apartments for low-income individuals and families, transit-oriented development, and homes for first-time homebuyers. Learn more...
What is the definition of affordable in Seattle?
Housing is considered affordable to a household if it costs no more than 30% of a household's income. The City uses a number called Area Median Income (AMI) to figure out what income levels make a person or family housing cost-burdened. Learn more about income and rent limits.

What is affordable housing?
The City of Seattle supports housing providers who create and/or manage rent-restricted homes and buildings for Seattle residents who earn under 80% of the AMI. The picture above is an example of a building that the City helped support, Ernestine Anderson Place, housing for low-income residents aged 55 and over.

Where is affordable housing located?
Check out this map of affordable rental housing across the city. 
Jesseca Brand 
Seattle Neighborhoods
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