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2008 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2008 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in March 2009. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

A summary of the report is outlined below. The full report and its appendices (PDF, 2.76 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

People served

Community revitalization

  • All seven buildings in the second phase of the renovation under homeWorks, Seattle Housing Authority's high-rise revitalization project, were completed. Four out of the seven buildings in the third phase were substantially completed, leaving only three to be completed in 2009.

  • 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 2008, Seattle Housing Authority began using the guiding principles adopted in 2007 to develop a site concept plan and continued to work with residents and community members.

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

  • Seattle Housing Authority received a $10.5 million HOPE VI grant to help finance the redevelopment of Lake City Village.

  • Financing was assembled for the renovation of 44 units in three buildings of South Shore Apartments (formerly known as The Douglas). Design work was also completed and renovation activities began.

  • A comprehensive envelope study of Seattle Senior Housing Program buildings was conducted. Planning was completed for the first of several major envelope repairs.

Housing resources

  • At High Point, 85 units affordable at the public housing level and 54 workforce housing units came on line.

  • More than 150 public housing units were modernized in 2008 to meet Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for people with disabilities.

  • Seattle Housing Authority received 52 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers.

  • Seattle Housing Authority continued the reconfiguration of its Scattered Sites public housing portfolio. In 2008, 26 Scattered Sites units were sold, bringing the total sales to 174 of the 196 units identified disposition. 13 Scattered Sites replacement units were added, bringing the total number of replacements to 121.

Performance indicators

  • The agency completed 100 percent of planned unit inspections in public housing and 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 205 job placements, 81 percent of which were full-time and 83 percent of which included benefits. The average hourly wage at placement was $13.82, a 12 percent increase over 2007.

  • The average vacancy rate in public housing programs was 2.99 percent, down one percent from 2007.

Other activities of note

  • Seattle Housing Authority executed an Amended and Restated Moving to Work Agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, extending MTW participation through 2018.

  • A new waiting list priority was developed for households that move out of public housing into the private market, but need to return to public housing within a year due to circumstances such as loss of income.

  • Policies were established to allow Project-based vouchers and public housing to operate seamlessly in communities that operate both programs.

  • Project-based program admissions criteria were modified to allow former Seattle Housing Authority residents/participants who have violated rules or owe debt to re-enter the program if proper services are in place.