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2003 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2003 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in December 2003. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

A summary of the report is outlined below. The full report and its appendices (PDF, 1.03 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

Initiatives

  • More than $1.2 million in funding was secured from partner agencies for resident supportive services.

  • Energy conservation measures were taken to save more than $1 million annually in utility costs to the housing authority and residents. More than 5,200 toilets were replaced with water-saving models. Hot water boilers were replaced at Olive Ridge and International Terrace, saving at least $1,000 a month in utility costs.

  • Information and application forms for potential applicants are now posted online in six languages: Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, as well as English.

  • A new rent policy for the Seattle Senior Housing Program was established. This new policy protects the financial viability of SSHP, which receives no federal subsidy, while ensuring that rents remains affordable for seniors with incomes less than $16,000 per year.

  • The Board of Commissioners adopted new local preferences for admission to public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Now households who have incomes below 30 percent of the area median income for their family size, or households who are homeless have priority for admission.

  • Seattle Housing Authority formed an affiliate named Impact Property Management to manage low-income properties with a wide variety of populations, financing and compliance requirements.

Community revitalization

  • Infrastructure construction began at the third and final phase of NewHolly, and the first phases of Rainier Vista and High Point.

  • The site for the new Yesler Terrace Community Center was conveyed to the Seattle Parks Department.

  • The first rehabilitated Tri-Court building began leasing as a smoke-free community.

  • High Point was awarded $1.8 million for the Healthy Homes initiative for asthma prevention and intervention. Seattle Housing Authority will build 35 healthy homes at High Point and work with the Health Department, Neighborhood House and SafeFutures on asthma education and monitoring with the asthma-affected families who will live in those homes.

Housing resources

  • 375 new Housing Choice Vouchers were received from the federal government.

  • 319 units of affordable housing were purchased, 160 of which will count toward replacement housing goals.

  • Construction of Lake City Commons, a 15-unit building of two-bedroom apartments that contributes to Holly Park replacement housing goals, was completed.

  • Seattle Housing Authority assumed management of Kateri House, eight units of housing for people with chronic mental illness.

  • The agency purchased Wisteria Court, a 96-unit complex, 20 units of which will contribute toward Roxbury Village replacement housing.

Performance indicators

  • More than 11,600 households benefited from housing assistance by the end of the year, up from 10,900 households at the end of FY 2002. More than 88 percent of households receiving housing assistance have incomes below 30 percent of the area median income.

  • Seattle Housing Authority collected 98.8 percent of rent due in public housing.

  • The agency responded within 30 days to 96 percent of regular work order requests received from residents, the fourth year of a trend of significantly improved performance in this area.

  • The public housing vacancy rate was 3.65 percent; Section 8 New Construction was 2.6 percent; and the Seattle Senior Housing Program was 4.3 percent.

  • 100 percent of required inspections in public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher program were completed.

  • 100 percent of the funds available in the Housing Choice Voucher program were used, and 1,000 new voucher participants were leased up.

  • For the sixth year in a row, Seattle Housing Authority received an Annual Audit Report with no findings. The agency also received clean opinions on its financial statements for all of its tax credit partnerships.