SEATTLE — December 22, 2016 — On Monday, February 6, 2017, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will open a lottery for places on a new waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, formerly known as Section 8. These vouchers provide rental assistance for people with low incomes to rent homes owned by landlords in the private market.
SEATTLE — October 6, 2016 — The Biella Foundation, a small Kirkland-based family foundation, made a $10,000 donation today to Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Lam Bow Fire Relief Fund to help the 19 low-income households displaced by the fire that destroyed their building in West Seattle on September 27. In addition to their initial donation, the Biella Foundation has pledged up to $10,000 more in matching funds to help inspire others to give to this effort.
SEATTLE — October 5, 2016 — SHA has had contact with all 19 households affected by the fire to assess their housing and other needs. Some families are already moved into new apartments with SHA, some are in the process and others are considering options. All families will have received offers of, or be moved into, replacement subsidized housing by the end of this week. Out of the 19 households.
SEATTLE — September 28, 2016 — At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 a fire broke out at a Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) property, the Lam Bow apartments located at 6955 Delridge Way SW in West Seattle.
An SHA maintenance worker was working in the nearby office when he heard a resident shout “Fire!” He raced into the building with a fire extinguisher but quickly realized the smoke was thick and the fire too big to manage. He and a Seattle Police Department officer, who had seen the flames as he happened by and entered the building, went door to door in the burning building and guided everyone out to safety. No one was injured in the blaze.
SEATTLE — September 14, 2016 — Today Mayor Ed Murray announced a new partnership between the City of Seattle, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to provide stable housing for SPS families with school-age children, ensuring an uninterrupted school year and educational consistency. This partnership will begin as a pilot project at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School this year, where 17 percent of the students are homeless or unstably housed.
SEATTLE — September 6, 2016 — The Seattle City Council today confirmed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s appointment of Ahmed Abdi to the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners. The seven-member Board of Commissioners includes five at-large positions and two SHA resident positions. Abdi will serve in one of the resident positions. Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms.
SEATTLE — August 15, 2016 — To help public housing residents find jobs and educational opportunities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $712,704 to the Seattle Housing Authority to help residents achieve economic and housing independence under HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinator grant program.
SEATTLE — August 09, 2016 — The national Housing Authority Insurance (HAI) Group has announced Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) as the winner of its 2016 Risk Management Award for the Resident Safety category.
SEATTLE — July 18, 2016 — For the first time in its history, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will incorporate a comprehensive arts program into a major housing redevelopment. Funded by a grant from The Kresge Foundation, four artists will create permanent artwork and arts programming at Yesler. Artwork will enhance the many planned parks and open spaces, providing beautiful places for all to enjoy, and new avenues will be created for community members to engage in the arts.
SEATTLE — July 16, 2016 — The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC (MCRT) today announced that Mill Creek Residential is purchasing approximately 1.2 acres at Yesler Terrace. The property is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yesler Way and Boren Avenue in downtown Seattle. MCR’s planned community includes retail space and approximately 290 residential apartment homes, of which 26.5 percent will be affordable housing.
SEATTLE — June 17, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), named Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) the recipient of the 2016 HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes in the Cross Cutting Coordination program category.
SEATTLE — May 23, 2016 — The Seattle City Council today confirmed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s appointments of Dr. Paula Houston and David Moseley to at-large positions on the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners.
SEATTLE — May 12, 2016 — Four housing authorities in Washington state today honored Sen. Patty Murray with a special award. The King County, Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver housing authorities recognized the senator’s leadership on behalf of low-income families and individuals living in the state.
SEATTLE — May 4, 2016 — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Director Andrew Lofton announced proposed changes to the Utility Discount Program (UDP) to auto-enroll more than 10,000 low-income Seattle Housing Authority households. Today’s announcement puts the City on track to surpass the Mayor’s goal to double program enrollment two years ahead of schedule.
SEATTLE — April 1, 2016 — Residents living in affordable housing have long recognized the ways access to health and social services can improve their well-being. Now, a new local study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will evaluate just what those important links are for improving health for Yesler Terrace’s low-income, ethnically diverse residents. Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) are the lead partners on the study.
SEATTLE — February 26, 2016 — On Monday, February 29, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Plaza in Magnolia, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will host a party for one of its oldest residents, Hazel Bauer, who is celebrating her 100th birthday. Pleasant Valley Plaza, located at 3801 34th Avenue W in Seattle, is part of SHA’s Senior Housing Program. On hand for the celebration will be other residents, SHA staff and Hazel’s family. Mayor Ed Murray has been invited to attend.
SEATTLE — January 28, 2016 — Raven Terrace, the second new Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) residential building to open as part of SHA’s redevelopment of Yesler Terrace near downtown Seattle, is now accepting residents. Also newly opened as part of SHA’s redevelopment of Yesler is the 10th Ave S Hillclimb, a new outdoor pedestrian thoroughfare that connects the First Hill and Yesler neighborhoods to nearby Chinatown International District and Little Saigon.
SEATTLE — December 11, 2015— On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, a new work of art will be unveiled at Yesler Terrace in Seattle as a symbol of the rich multicultural past and future of the Yesler community.
SEATTLE — December 10, 2015— The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), which operates its own solid waste services for residents, announced today that it now offers on-site food and yard waste collection at all of its properties. All 6,889 households living at 325 communities managed by SHA can now separate out compostable waste from their garbage. In 2015, SHA has diverted more than 600 tons of food scraps and yard waste from landfills.
SEATTLE — November 11, 2015— The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded an additional 20 HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing(VASH) rental assistance vouchers to the Housing Authority of Snohomish County, 11 additional VASH vouchers to the King County Housing Authority and 10 additional VASH vouchers to the Seattle Housing Authority to increase their capacity to provide affordable, permanent housing to homeless veterans.
SEATTLE — September 3, 2015— Following a competitive process, SHA has commissioned Seattle artist Yeggy Michael to design a unique piece of art for the recently completed Kebero Court complex at the northeast corner of Yesler Way and Boren Avenue. The piece will anchor the corner and be visibly prominent from multiple directions at this major intersection.
SEATTLE — August 6, 2015— The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is partnering with Neighborhood House in hosting two community meetings with Jesús Aguirre, who was appointed earlier this year by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation
SEATTLE — July 28, 2015— The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has received a $678,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support an art master plan as part of the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. SHA will use the funding to retain artists to infuse the new, mixed-income community with multiple works of art, and to support collaborative artistic projects and programs, working with community members and teams involved with design of streets, pathways, parks and other public spaces.
SEATTLE — July 16, 2015 — This morning representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), City of Seattle, and Seattle Housing Authority announced the local impacts of the ConnectHome initiative pilot, a 28 jurisdiction pilot that was announced yesterday.
SEATTLE — May 27, 2015 — Kebero Court, the first new residential building opened as part of Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace redevelopment of 30 acres near downtown Seattle, has started accepting residents.
SEATTLE — April 23, 2015 — On April 20, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined Seattle Housing Authority Executive Director Andrew Lofton, Rep. Denny Heck (WA-10), Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8), and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray at a press conference to announce the award by HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of 240 more rental vouchers to help homeless veterans in Washington State find permanent, affordable places to call home.
SEATTLE — March 26, 2015 — Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is reopening Leschi House, affordable senior housing located in Seattle’s International District, following a complete remodel and expansion that more than doubles the number of apartments.
SEATTLE — February 25, 2015 — On February 23 the Seattle City Council confirmed Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s appointments of Zachary Pullin and Jermaine Smiley to the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners.
SEATTLE — February 19, 2015 — On March 23, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) will open a lottery for places on a new waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8. These vouchers provide rental assistance for people with low incomes to rent homes owned by landlords in the private market. Registration for the lottery will be available online only, and will be open from 8 a.m. on March 23, 2015 until 5 p.m. on April 10, 2015, Pacific Standard Time.
SEATTLE — February 2, 2015 — Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) turned to the community to help name new residential buildings under construction as part of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment. SHA invited all residents to submit suggestions, met with leaders on the Yesler Community Council and Citizen Review Committee and solicited ideas at information tables during community events. SHA staff city-wide were also invited to participate.
SEATTLE — January 9, 2015 — Renowned architect and planner Mark L. Hinshaw is joining Seattle Housing Authority to work on Yesler Terrace urban design. He has 35 years of experience in community planning and urban design. Hinshaw was Principal Urban Designer for City of Bellevue, as well as Director of Urban Design for LMN Architects.
SEATTLE — January 7, 2015 — The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has announced the appointment of Kerry Coughlin as Director of Communications. She serves on the Executive Cabinet, providing counsel and oversight to ensure effective communication with the SHA Board of Commissioners, residents and clients, elected officials, partner agencies, media, the public, employees and other stakeholders.
SEATTLE — October 13, 2014 — The Seattle Housing Authority today announced the sale of three blocks in Yesler Terrace for $22,062,000 to Vulcan Real Estate. The 3.7 acres along East Yesler Way and west of Boren Avenue will be developed to include approximately 650 units of workforce and market-rate housing.
SEATTLE — August 14, 2014 — Seattle Housing Authority announced today that it is marketing properties at the northern edge of Yesler Terrace. The properties, bordering Alder Avenue and Broadway, include about 4.41 acres that allow for development of up to 900,000 square feet of office and 100,000 square feet of retail including two towers with a height limit of 300 feet.
SEATTLE — August 13, 2014 — Seattle Housing has has released the details of a proposal that would alter its approach to serving adults who are able to work. The draft proposal, called "Stepping Forward" would emphasize enhanced education, training and employment supports for adults who are between age 24 and 61and do not have a disability that prevents them from working.
SEATTLE — June 23, 2014 — Nearly 100 friends and neighborhood supporters gathered this morning at the sound end of the Yesler Terrace Playfield to symbolically break ground for the 10th Ave. S. Hillclimb that will connect the Yesler neighborhood with Little Saigon and the International District. Phyllis Campbell, CEO of JP Morgan Chase was presented a check for $750,000 to Seattle Housing Executive Director Andrew Lofton for construction of the new Hillclimb, which will begin this year.
SEATTLE — May 30, 2014 — In ceremonies in Seattle, US Senator Patty Murray chose Fitsum Abraha as one of three citizens to honor for their service to the community. Abraha, who serves as the senior property manager at Yesler Terrace, was honored for his willingness to return to the community where he grew up in order to help others escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency.
SEATTLE — May 16, 2014 — HistoryLink, in cooperation with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Housing Authority, has launched a website that explores the agency's roots and significance. The site SeattleHousing75.org, provides an opportunity for curious observers and historians alike to better understand and reflect on the issues and challenges of low-income housing in Seattle over the years.
SEATTLE — May 12, 2014 — Mayor Ed Murray is accepting applications for the position of Commissioner of the Seattle Housing Authority.
SEATTLE — May 6, 2014 — A lively crowd of residents, staff and well-wishers participated today in the re-dedication of the Historic Yesler Steam Plant. With its remodel complete, the 70-year old building has been renamed the Epstein Opportunity Center and will serve the residents of the neighborhood through a HeadStart program, Youth Tutoring and an Economic Opportuity office. Mayor Ed Murray, Architect Brad Miller, Regional HUD Administrator Bill Block and former Yesler resident Xinyu Wang were among the event's speakers. Children from the HeadStart program entertained with songs and dancing.
SEATTLE — March 20, 2014 — With a state charter and city operating agreement in place, the new Seattle Housing Authority board held its first official meeting on April 11, 1939. Beginning with the construction of Seattle's first public housing at Yesler Terrace in 1941, the Housing Authority has since created 6,300 units of public housing and now provides housing to more than 29,500 people in the City of Seattle. A celebration on Wednesday evening, April 2, will kick of the agency's 75th Anniversary year.
SEATTLE — September 5, 2013 – Following years of planning and resident input, Seattle Housing Authority and local leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking to launch the first phase of new construction at Yesler Terrace. The redevelopment has been awarded significant grants through the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a project of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Additional funding comes from the City of Seattle and several private foundations.
SEATTLE — February 4, 2013 – For the first time since 2008, Seattle Housing Authority is accepting registrations for a new Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waitlist. Registration is only available online, and eligible households can register any time between 7 a.m. on February 4th and 5 p.m. on February 22nd, Pacific Standard Time.
SEATTLE — January 22, 2013 – The Board of Commissioners of Seattle Housing Authority approved a resolution authorizing Executive Director Andrew Lofton to begin exclusive partnership discussions with the team of Vulcan Real Estate with Capitol Hill Housing to explore how to structure a Master Development Partnership for Yesler Terrace redevelopment.
SEATTLE — January 14, 2013 – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed Aser Ashkir and Debbie Thiele to the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and reappointed existing Commissioner Kollin Min. The appointments were confirmed by the Seattle City Council on January 14, 2013. The seven-member board oversees the agency's policy direction and activities.
SEATTLE — January 14, 2013 – Seattle Housing Authority and organized labor have agreed to collaborate on groundbreaking social equity goals for Seattle Housing Authority construction projects at Yesler Terrace. On January 3, 2013, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Construction Alliance II, Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council and Seattle Housing Authority signed the Yesler Terrace Community Workforce Agreement, which applies to all Seattle Housing Authority Yesler Terrace redevelopment construction projects that are valued at more than $500,000.
SEATTLE — December 13, 2012 – Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the award of a second Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant totaling $19.73 million to Seattle Housing Authority for the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. HUD awarded Seattle Housing an initial Choice Neighborhoods grant of $10.27 million in August 2011. This second round of federal funding will jumpstart physical construction of the heart of the new Yesler Terrace.
SEATTLE — December 11, 2012 – Seattle Housing Authority today announced that JPMorgan Chase Foundation has awarded it $750,000 over three years to support design and completion of the 10th Avenue Hillclimb connecting the Yesler Terrace and Little Saigon neighborhoods, and to participate in a feasibility study of a mixed-use development proposal put forward by representatives of the Little Saigon business district. JPMorgan Chase is the first corporate foundation to invest in the physical redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood.
SEATTLE — November 20, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority today announced that Vulcan Real Estate with Capitol Hill Housing, and Forest City with Jonathan Rose Companies, are the two finalists in the Yesler Terrace Master Development Partner selection process.
SEATTLE — November 8, 2012 — Seattle Housing, working in partnership with the City of Seattle's Office of Housing, has awarded 49 project-based rental vouchers to four nonprofit low-income housing providers.
SEATTLE — November 7, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is requesting proposals from non-profit housing providers to partner with SHA in an application to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a waiver to project based VASH vouchers. SHA will request for up to eight VASH vouchers to be project based. Vouchers must be leased no later than March 31, 2013.
SEATTLE — October 16, 2012 — Tom Tierney, former Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority, today received a Friend of Housing Award from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. The award honors individuals and organizations throughout Washington for their contributions in providing affordable housing to low- and moderate-income residents.
SEATTLE — October 2, 2012 — Gracorp Capital Advisors Ltd. of Calgary, CA and its local development partner, Spectrum Development Solutions, today announced a purchase and sale agreement with Seattle Housing Authority for the private development of property located at 12th and Yesler. This agreement jump starts private participation in Yesler Terrace redevelopment, one of the most ambitious neighborhood revitalizations in Seattle's history.
SEATTLE — September 6, 2012 — A cross-departmental core team at Seattle Housing Authority has been diligently working over the past two years to implement a new property management software system that is expected to go live October 1, 2012. The new web-based software by the Yardi company is called Voyager and replaces five different products that have been used across the agency for years.
SEATTLE — September 4, 2012 — This afternoon the Seattle City Council unanimously adopted the land use legislation package and historic Cooperative Agreement for redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.
SEATTLE — September 4, 2012 — With the possibility looming of additional deep cuts in federal funding for low-income public housing, Seattle Housing is proposing a 2013 spending plan that cuts the agency's existing services budget by approximately $4.5 million, including elimination of 29 regular or full-time positions and a reduction in hours of work for two full-time positions.
SEATTLE — September 4, 2012 — Andrew Lofton, former Deputy Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority, became the agency's new Executive Director on September 1, 2012. With the new title, Lofton is responsible for leading the Seattle Housing's day-to-day operations as well as the agency's strategic planning.
SEATTLE — August 2, 2012 — Working in partnership with the City's Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority is once again making available 50 project-based rental vouchers to qualified nonprofit organizations. The deadline to apply for these vouchers is Monday, Friday, August 31, 2012.
SEATTLE — July 12, 2012 — On May 21, 2012, a Board Resolution was passed updating the Risk Control and Safety Policy statement. The continued effort to maintain best practices in the control and reduction of risk and the promotion of safety among our residents, employees and visitors is an achievable goal that benefits us all.
SEATTLE — July 12, 2012 — Staff at the Seattle Housing Authority are now well into the process of budget drafting for 2013. Once again, their work will be challenging, as housing authorities across the country face a second year in which they anticipate a reduction in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
SEATTLE — July 12, 2012 — Under consideration before Seattle City Council is a comprehensive legislative package that will guide the rebuilding of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood over the next 15-20 years. The legislation includes a Cooperative Agreement between the City and Seattle Housing, a Land Use Code Amendment and Rezone Ordinance, a Street Vacation Petition and a Planned Action Ordinance.
SEATTLE — July 11, 2012 — After a public process lasting nearly two year, all residents who lease from Seattle Housing Authority are prohibited from smoking cigarettes inside their homes. The new policy was passed by the Board of Commissioners in November 2011 and was implemented on February 1, 2012.
SEATTLE — June 1, 2012 — The Seattle Housing Authority today issued a formal Requst for Qualifications in order to identify firms interested in serving as a master develoent partner for the re-birth of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood over the next 20 years.
SEATTLE — May 25, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority is requesting proposals from non-profit housing providers to partner in an application to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a waiver to project-based VASH vouchers. Seattle Housing will request for up to twenty-four VASH vouchers, (approximately 8 per building) to be project-based. Vouchers must be leased no later than February 28, 2013.
SEATTLE — May 16, 2012 — The Seattle Housing Authority is soliciting proposals for up to 72 Project-based Vouchers for the purpose of preserving affordable housing units lost through a HUD conversion action. Existing residents must be eligible to receive Enhanced Voucher assistance.
SEATTLE — April 25, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority has submitted a grant application for nearly $20 million in federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative funding. If awarded, the funding would go toward construction of 104 replacement housing units in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood.
SEATTLE — April 25, 2012 — The Voice, a monthly newspaper published by Neighborhood House and supported by Seattle and King County housing authorities, can now be found online at VoiceNewspaper.org.
SEATTLE — March 28, 2012 — In a unanimous decision, the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has selected Deputy Executive Director Andrew Lofton to move into the role of Executive Director, replacing Tom Tierney, who will retire from that position in August.
SEATTLE — March 9, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority's seven-member Board of Commissioners is seeking input from community members regarding the qualities they should be looking for in a new executive director. The Commission will be interviewing candidates later this month, and is seeking ideas from stakeholders regarding qualities they would like to see in the director to succeed Tom Tierney, who is retiring in August.
SEATTLE — Feb. 24, 2012 — The "door" is now officially open on the new housing locator web service, HousingSearchNW.org. Since February 15, the new site allows landlords to advertise properties free of charge, while renters can search for free to find rentals that fit their needs.
SEATTLE — Feb. 17, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority's search for an executive director to replace Tom Tierney formally began today. Tierney, who has held the post since 2004, is retiring in August. Deadline for applicants is March 9. The Board of Commissioners plans to advertise the opening in Seattle and Washington State, and expects to garner interest in the position from across the county.
SEATTLE — Feb. 8, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority’s Tom Tierney announced today that he will retire from his position as Executive Director in August of this year. Tierney has led the organization since March 2004. During his tenure as Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority increased the number of households served by more than 2,000, even as federal funding was curtailed.
SEATTLE — January 23, 2012 — Seattle Housing Authority will consolidate staff from three separate locations into new offices on lower Queen Anne by the end of March. Located at 190 Queen Anne Avenue North, the new headquarters building will brings together staff from the current Central Office at 120 Sixth Ave. North, from the Porchlight building in Ballard, and from the Operations Support Center in north Seattle.
SEATTLE — January 26, 2012 — New website HousingSearchNW.org lets landlords advertise properties free of charge, while renters can search for free to find rentals that fit their needs. The new web-based service is supported by a toll-free call center that can provide assistance in English and Spanish as well as other languages spoken by King County residents.
SEATTLE — January 23, 2012 — Mayor Mike McGinn has reappointed Nora Gibson and Juan Martinez to the Seattle Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners for four years. The Seattle City Council confirmed the reappointment in early December 2011.
SEATTLE — October 3, 2011 — In a unanimous decision at its November 21 meeting, the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt and implement a policy that will prohibit smoking in all dwelling units owned by the agency.
SEATTLE — October 3, 2011 — Working in partnership with the City's Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority is making available 50 project-based rental vouchers to qualified nonprofit organizations.
SEATTLE — September 28, 2011 — Seattle Housing Authority today marked the opening of Lake City Court (12536 33rd Ave. NE), a new apartment building that will provide 86 apartments for low-income residents on a 1.8-acre site rich with urban conveniences and services.
SEATTLE — September 20, 2011 — Seattle Housing Authority today marked the opening of Lake City Court (12536 33rd Ave. NE), a new apartment building that will provide 86 apartments for low-income residents on a 1.8-acre site rich with urban conveniences and services.
SEATTLE — August 31, 2011 — Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today the award of a $10.27 million Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant to the Seattle Housing Authority to be used for redevelopment of Yesler Terrace and the surrounding neighborhood.
SEATTLE — August 31, 2011 — As government-funded agencies across the country face a climate of cutbacks and retrenchment, the Seattle Housing Authority is looking at a reduction of 55 full-time equivalent positions or nearly 10 percent of its staff capacity. This will require the lay-off or reduction in work hours for approximately forty workers by year's end.
SEATTLE — August 3, 2011 — Seattle Housing has converted one floor of a public housing building from residences to institutional space for the Respite Care Center for homeless individuals recovering from hospital treatment.
SEATTLE — August 3, 2011 — The Yesler Terrace neighborhood is playing what may seem an unlikely role in a sci-fi webcomic. The world of "Coiled" includes a winged jaguar, headsets that analyze brain waves, references to the rivalry between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, and a space station that exists in a virtual realm.
SEATTLE — July 8, 2011 — The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is soliciting proposals for up to 170 Project-based Vouchers for the purpose of preserving affordable housing units lost through a HUD conversion action. Existing residents must be eligible to receive Enhanced Voucher assistance.
SEATTLE — June 3, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it has awarded Seattle Housing Authority 100 Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. HUD awarded Seattle Housing the same number of these special vouchers last August.
SEATTLE — May 25, 2011 — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the award of $3,109,271 to the Seattle Housing Authority as "seed" funding toward development of early childhood education and adult training facilities for public housing residents.
SEATTLE — May 19, 2011 — In a unanimous decision at its May 17 meeting, the Seattle Housiing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a sweeping plan for the redevelopment of the 30-acre Yesler Terrace Neighborhorhood.
SEATTLE — May 17, 2011 —
In an intensive four-day period in late April, nearly 200 vouchers were issued to residents of The Downtowner as its HUD subsidy expired.
SEATTLE — May 10, 2011 —
Seattle Housing Authority today released the draft of a detailed development plan for the 30-acre Yesler Terrace site just east of downtown Seattle on First Hill. The site currently contains 561 units of extremely low-income housing, which will be replaced as the site is redeveloped.
SEATTLE — April 20, 2011 — As managers at the Seattle Housing Authority begin the process of budget preparation for 2012, the uncertainties surrounding the level of revenues that will be available from the federal government make the process difficult and unpredictable.
SEATTLE — April 14, 2011 — Results from a recent survey of residents in the Low-Income Public Housing program indicate that an overwhelming 76% of support a no-smoking policy in their building, while 71% support a no-smoking policy throughout all Seattle Housing communities.
SEATTLE — April 14, 2011 — Today the Seattle Housing Authority, together with the City of Seattle Human Services Department, issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Yesler Terrace redevelopment. This marks the conclusion of a comprehensive year-long environmental review carried out by a team of Seattle Housing staff, consultant engineers, scientists, designers and others.
SEATTLE — April 8, 2011 — The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) has named Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) their legislator of the year for 2011.
SEATTLE — March 18, 2011 — U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that Seattle Housing Authority is one of six finalists selected to compete for approximately $61 million in Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grants.
SEATTLE — March 3, 2011 — Housing authorities across the country are watching carefully as Budget negotiations in Washington, D.C. raise questions about program adjustments that may be necessary if budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development are enacted.
SEATTLE — January 27, 2011 — Taking into account findings from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and resulting public comments, Seattle Housing Authority recently identified a Preferred Alternative for the Yesler Terrace Redevelopment project.
SEATTLE — January 26, 2011 — Seattle Housing Authority is working with two private residential developers to add 173 new for-sale homes to the High Point Neighborhood over the next three years.
SEATTLE — January 19, 2011 — The Seattle Housing Authority celebrates the completion of Tamarack Place tomorrow, January 20, from 11 am - 1 pm at 4616 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
SEATTLE — January 19, 2011 — To benefit people who may not be fluent readers of English, the Seattle Housing Authority this week out rolled out recorded introductions to its programs in ten languages, English and nine others, each accessed via its own telephone number and on SeattleHousing.org.
SEATTLE — December 27, 2010 — Seattle Housing, working in partnership with the Seattle of Seattle's Office of Housing, has awarded 50 project-based rental vouchers to five nonprofit low-income housing developers.
SEATTLE — December 27, 2010 — Seattle Housing Authority received news last week that its application to Seattle’s Office of Housing for funding to make repairs at four senior housing sites has been approved.
SEATTLE — November 19, 2010 — On November 2, as the setting sun filtered warm autumn light into Yesler Terrace, Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn introduced a group of about 25 interested pedestrians to the goals of Feet First and their third "Walk & Talk" event.
SEATTLE — November 9, 2010 — Seattle Housing Authority has submitted a grant application to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking nearly $24 million to spark the transformation of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood through comprehensive education and employment programs, housing opportunities and support for economic development.
SEATTLE — November 9, 2010 — The nonprofit Building Changes has been selected through a competitive process to lead a planning effort in the Yesler Terrace community focused on determining what services and activities should be part of the redeveloped Yesler community. Emphasis is on identifying services most critical to the quality of life and opportunity for residents.
SEATTLE — November 8, 2010 — The Puget Sound Regional Council was recently awarded nearly $5 million from the federal government in the form of a planning grant under the new Sustainable Communities Program. The Seattle Housing Authority is one of 18 organizations comprising the Central Puget Sound Sustainable Communities Consortium.
SEATTLE — October 21, 2010 — The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace public housing community is now available for review and comment. The document is being issued by the Seattle Housing Authority and the Seattle Human Services Department.
SEATTLE — October 4, 2010 — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary E. McBride announced last week that HUD will provide funds to support rental Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers for 15 additional homeless veterans in Seattle and King County.
SEATTLE — September 27, 2010 — The Communities Connect Network Project has received a stimulus grant of $4,169,734 from the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) to improve Washington State public computing centers (PCCs). Several computer labs located within Seattle Housing Authority communities will benefit from the grant.
SEATTLE — September 23, 2010 — Seattle Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners adopted a new agency Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 at a special meeting Monday, September 20. The plan, entitled “Bold Plans in the Face of Uncertainty,” affirms the housing authority’s core commitments, addresses foreseeable challenges and opportunities, and maps the agency’s course for the next five years.
SEATTLE — September 21, 2010 — Seattle CityClub begins its Community Matters Campaign on October 26 with nearly six weeks of programs and events centered on the elements of a healthy civic community. The Seattle Housing Authority will serve as a co-presenter of the campaign, which presents a portfolio of programs and tools to motivate individual and communal civic engagement.
SEATTLE — September 8, 2010 — Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) enters the next stage of Yesler Terrace redevelopment with the appointment of Seattle-based architecture firm GGLO. This key milestone comes on the heels of a recent recognition by the Quality Growth Alliance of Yesler Terrace’s smart, sustainable preliminary redevelopment strategies, setting a solid foundation for GGLO’s work.
SEATTLE — August 12, 2010 — Doug Morrison began his term this month as the newest Seattle Housing Authority Commissioner, and the first to be appointed by Mayor Mike McGinn.
SEATTLE — August 9, 2010 — Last week, Seattle Housing Authority received notice that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted its request for 100 Family Unification Program (FUP) Housing Choice vouchers, worth $1,045,308.
SEATTLE — August 9, 2010 — The Seattle Housing Authority is partnering with non-profit One Economy Corporation to provide free access to wireless Internet for two years to some of its communities.
SEATTLE — August 3, 2010 — A draft five-year strategic plan for 2011 – 2015 is now available for review. The plan is available on the homepage of the agency website (www.seattlehousing.org), and public comment is invited.
SEATTLE — August 3, 2010 — The Seattle Housing Authority was honored on April 23 with an Award of Merit by the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
SEATTLE — June 30, 2010 — Machinery has been busy excavating for the foundation and parking garage of Seattle Housing Authority's latest building project since the beginning of June, but the digging (and the noise) stopped for about an hour to celebrate the official groundbreaking for this future 86-unit family housing project.
SEATTLE — June 25, 2010 — Working in partnership with the City's Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority is once again making available 50 project-based rental vouchers to qualified nonprofit organizations. The agency awarded 50 identical vouchers in 2009.
SEATTLE — June 4, 2010 — The Rainier Vista redevelopment received a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for the high quality of its overall design. Tonkin / Hoyne, the architecture firm that planned and designed the community, applied for the award on behalf of Seattle Housing Authority.
SEATTLE — June 1, 2010 — The Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) Center, a computer lab for people with disabilities located at Seattle Housing Authority’s Center Park residence, recently hosted an open house.
SEATTLE — April 23, 2010 — On Monday, April 19, Housing Authority Commissioner John Littel was elected by the Board of Commissioners to be the Board chair. He served as vice chair for the past year while Yusuf Cabdi held the position of chair.
SEATTLE — April 5, 2010 — The Seattle Housing Authority, in cooperation with the City of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has launched the environmental review process to study the impacts of redevelopment on the people and environment at Yesler Terrace.
SEATTLE — March 23, 2010 — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has announced that the City is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Seattle Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners.
SEATTLE — March 22, 2010 — Seattle Housing Authority recently met a key March 17 deadline set by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to obligate $17 million of initial stimulus funding received through HUD's capital fund in 2009.
SEATTLE — March 22, 2010 — On March 2, in a mid-morning ceremony attended by local housing officials, friends, and family, Mary McBride was sworn in by HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims as the Regional Director for Region X, which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
SEATTLE — March 11, 2010 — The Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution to establish a smoke-free policy that will apply to all Seattle Senior Housing Program buildings beginning August 1.
SEATTLE — March 2, 2010 — Tenants who rent housing in Seattle Housing Authority’s High Point, NewHolly and Rainier Vista communities are invited to meetings this month to hear about changes Seattle Housing is making to its way of dealing with small increases or decreases in utility rates.
SEATTLE — February 16, 2010 — An intense fire in Apartment 707 at Green Lake Plaza took the life of its occupant, Alphonso Goldwire, age 71, on Monday afternoon, February 15.
SEATTLE — January 5, 2010 — Rod Brandon has been hired to direct housing operations at the Seattle Housing Authority, replacing Don Ashlock, who will retire at the end of January after nearly ten years in this position.
SEATTLE — December 31, 2009 — Seattle Housing is employing the use of pest technicians, a detection dog, traps, mattress covers and education to prevent the spread of bedbugs.
SEATTLE — December 21, 2009 — Seattle Housing Authority will celebrate the completion of South Shore, Court, formerly known as the Douglas Apartments, by hosting an open house on January 14 from 2 – 4 p.m.
SEATTLE — December 21, 2009 — A recent satisfaction survey conducted by Hebert Research, Inc. for the Seattle Housing Authority showed a high level of satisfaction with the service and housing quality provided by the Housing Authority.
SEATTLE — December 21, 2009 — High Point has been included in a book about best practices that communities can use to improve opportunities for play.
SEATTLE — November 19, 2009 — As 2009 draws to a close, the Seattle Housing Authority is assessing results from its 2005-2010 Strategic Plan and launching efforts to develop a new plan for the next five years.
SEATTLE — November 3, 2009 — Seattle Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher Program is seeking feedback from community stakeholders on certain initiatives that the Housing Choice Voucher program will be implementing in the first half of 2010.
SEATTLE — October 28, 2009 — A recent survey of residents in Seattle Senior Housing Program buildings indicates that a significant majority of the program's residents would like to see their buildings become smoke-free facilities.
SEATTLE — October 20, 2009 — Seattle Housing Authority has been awarded three American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) competitive grants worth a total of $28 million. This is in addition to the $17 million the Housing Authority received by formula in February, bringing the total of stimulus dollars awarded to Seattle Housing to more than $45 million.
SEATTLE — September 17, 2009 — Working in partnership with the City's Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority is making available 50 project-based rental vouchers to qualified nonprofit organizations. The vouchers will make it possible for selected organizations to offer housing units to extremely-low-income residents, those with incomes below 30 percent of median income, for 40 years. The deadline for organizations to apply for these vouchers has been extended until Wednesday, September 23, 2009.
SEATTLE — August 28 , 2009 —
As of early August, the Seattle Housing Authority has temporarily suspended giving out new vouchers to people on its waiting list. This move comes as a result of the fact that the Housing Authority is near the upper limit of vouchers it is authorized to issue.
SEATTLE — August 10 , 2009 —U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Jim McDermott joined Mayor Greg Nickels, local housing staff and residents on Monday, August 10 to mark the start of construction for Tamarack Place and the resumption of redevelopment work in the Rainier Vista neighborhood in Southeast Seattle.
SEATTLE — July 22, 2009—Addressing homelessness in King County is a puzzle that many are working to solve. The Seattle Housing Authority plans to move forward with one piece of the solution by partnering with Public Health – Seattle and King County to locate a medical respite care facility at Jefferson Terrace. On June 29, 2009, the project received initial approval for an economic stimulus grant of $375,000 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CHICAGO — July 6, 2009—HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan used his address to the Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy to outline broad new approaches to federal housing policy under the Obama presidency. Donovan expects to focus on restoring HUD's commitment to building and preserving affordable housing. He also foresees programs and initiatives focused on developing housing that is integrated with education, health care, transportation, and economic opportunity.