The Scattered Sites program was established in 1978 to locate lower-density low-income public housing throughout the city. Seattle Housing Authority currently owns nearly 800 units in single-family, duplex, triplex and small multi-family buildings through this program.
The agency is currently adjusting the mix of housing in the Scattered Sites portfolio over the course of several years in order to manage it more cost-effectively. Up to 200 Scattered Sites units will be sold and replaced by properties that are better suited to resident needs and more efficient to manage.
Seattle Housing Authority is working to replace this housing in small batches, as units are sold, so that the total number of units available remains relatively stable. In addition, the low-density, "scattered" nature of the program will be preserved, with units purchased in non-poverty neighborhoods throughout Seattle, including the north end.
Replacement housing for Scattered Sites will be affordable for extremely low-income households for the long-term. Units will be suitable for families with children, with two or more bedrooms. They will be located near transit, with easy access to shopping, parks, schools and neighborhood services that meet the needs of low-income residents.
As of May 31, 2009, 133 properties—a total of 182 units—have been sold as part of the Scattered Sites portfolio realignment:
- North: 95 properties (126 units)
- Central: 10 properties (27 units)
- South: 28 properties (29 units)
Up to 200 units of low-income housing are being replaced as part of the Scattered Sites portfolio realignment.
Properties being sold during the Scattered Sites portfolio realignment are offered through listing agents.