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.
City of Seattle, Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Public Schools announce new Home from School partnership pilot
Seattle Housing Authority wins $712,704 to promote jobs, self-sufficiency for public housing residents
Seattle, King & Snohomish housing authorities win more HUD rental vouchers to help homeless vets find permanent, affordable “places to call home”
SEATTLE, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 Housing Authority introduces Stepping Forward - a new approach to serving work-able households
SEATTLE, 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.
SEATTLEJune 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.
SEATTLEMay 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.
SEATTLESeattleHousing75.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.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
SEATTLEMay 12, 2014 Mayor Ed Murray is accepting applications for the position of Commissioner of the Seattle Housing Authority.
Vulcan/Capitol Hill Housing team selected for exclusive Yesler Terrace Master Development Partnership negotiations
Aser Ashkir, Debbie Thiele appointed to Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners; Kollin Min reappointed.
Request for Proposals: Seattle Housing looking for non-profit housing providers to partner in VASH voucher application
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.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Yesler Terrace redevelopment available for review and comment
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.