New Funding Opportunity: $5 million to support equitable, community-driven affordable housing in the Skyway-West Hill (SWH) neighborhood 

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for community-driven affordable housing projects located in the Skyway-West Hill neighborhood (SWH). The Skyway $5 million Fund for Affordable Housing Requests for Proposals (RFP) is now open!   This RFP is the result of years of community organizing. Skyway advocates worked with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to successfully secure $5…

Governor Inslee Recognizes Willowcrest Townhomes in Renton 

An innovative homeownership development—Willowcrest Townhomes, the 12-unit project developed by Homestead Community Land Trust, received the prestigious Smart Communities Award from Governor Inslee last week at a Renton City Council meeting.   The Smart Communities Awards program recognizes local governments and their partners each year for work implementing the state's Growth Management Act. Willowcrest Townhomes is an example of creativity, innovation, and foresight coming together to form affordable homeownership…

Rising to the Challenge: Affordable Housing Committee Progress in 2020

The King County Affordable Housing Committee (AHC or Committee) 2020 annual report was released today, providing a snapshot of regional progress made last year to advance housing affordability solutions. In a year marked by housing instability and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this advisory body of 19 elected, nonprofit, and business leaders marched…

King County Releases a New Dashboard to Help Region Track Affordable Housing Efforts

One of the stumbling blocks for collective action around affordable housing in King County has been the lack of accessible and consistent data. The new King County Regional Affordable Housing Dashboard fills that gap. This is the region’s first countywide dashboard to monitor key affordable indicators and reflects work by dozens of policy staff, data…

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Now Accepting Proposals to Establish and Manage the Community Partners Table of the Affordable Housing Committee

By: Ali Saperstein, Regional Affordable Housing Specialist King County DCHS is excited to announce a unique consulting opportunity to establish and manage the Community Partners Table (Table) of the Affordable Housing Committee (Committee). About The Table will represent the people most negatively affected by the regional housing crisis—including cost-burdened Black, Indigenous, and People of Color…

Building a Foundation: The First Annual Report of the Affordable Housing Committee

Last year marked the launch of the Growth Management Planning Council’s Affordable Housing Committee (AHC or Committee). The Committee of 19 elected, nonprofit, and business leaders operates under the goal to strive to eliminate housing cost burden for households earning 80% area median income and below, with a priority for serving households at or below…