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2007 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2007 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in March 2008. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

A summary of the report is outlined below. The full report and its appendices (PDF, 3.49 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

People served

  • Seattle Housing Authority housed 12,077 households, including people with Housing Choice Vouchers, those in public housing or residents in the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The number of people served by the agency slightly increased from 2006.

  • Most residents have annual incomes well below 30 percent of the area median income. The average income for Seattle Housing Authority residents increased from about $11,600 to $12,152. This is an average among Housing Choice Voucher participants, residents of public housing and Seattle Senior Housing Program residents.

  • 3,850 households were on one or more waiting lists for housing assistance at the end of the year, excluding HOPE VI communities. This is about one-third of the 12,284 on one or more waiting lists at the end of 2006. The decrease was due primarily to the Housing Choice Voucher waiting list remaining closed while leasing efforts for both Voucher and public housing were increased.

Community revitalization

  • All eight buildings in the first phase of the renovation under homeWorks, Seattle Housing Authority's high-rise revitalization project, were completed. Three out of the seven buildings in the second phase were substantially completed. Design development documents were created for the eight buildings in the third phase of the project.

  • Yesler Terrace redevelopment is a key component in the agency's strategy to continue to serve Seattle's low-income residents, given the on-going withdrawal of federal support for low-income housing. In FY 2007, Seattle Housing Authority completed the first phase of the planning process which will likely take three years or longer. Working with the Yesler Terrace Citizens Review Committee, two documents were produced: Yesler Terrace Definitions & Guiding Principles and Yesler Terrace Planning Concepts.

  • Construction began on new low-income and workforce housing in Phase II of High Point. Units will start coming on line in March 2008.

  • Construction began on the new Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club and planning was completed for the new High Point Neighborhood Center.

Housing resources

  • By year end, private builders completed approximately 92 percent of the planned 251 homes for sale in Phase I of High Point, 73 percent of the 140 planned in Phase I of Rainier Vista, and 92 percent of the 476 homes for sale throughout NewHolly.

  • Seattle Housing Authority continued the reconfiguration of its Scattered Sites public housing portfolio. In FY 2007, 53 Scattered Sites units were sold, bringing the total sales to 146 of the 196 units identified disposition. 54 Scattered Sites replacement units were purchased, bringing the total number of replacements to 108.

Performance indicators

  • Seattle Housing Authority responded within 30 days to 97.8 percent of routine requests for maintenance work, and within 24 hours to 99.2 percent of emergency maintenance requests.

  • The agency completed 4,200 comprehensive inspections in public housing and all scheduled critical item inspections in other units.

  • At the end of the year, the Housing Choice Voucher Program had 7,067 households, an increase of more than four percent over Fiscal Year 2006. The program also saw a net increase of 100 participating landlords bringing the total to 2,700 landlords.

  • The Housing Choice Voucher program met or exceeded all its performance goals for property inspections.

  • The Job Connection, Seattle Housing Authority's employment services group, made 242 job placements, 81 percent of which were full-time and 70 percent of which included benefits. The average hourly wage at placement was $12.39.

  • The average vacancy rate in public housing programs was 3.99 percent.