Seattle Partners to Provide Low-Income Housing

September 23, 2009
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Working in partnership with the city’s Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority has made 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.

“These vouchers are part of the Housing Authority’s commitment to maintaining and increasing the city’s stock of low-income housing,” noted Lisa Cipollone-Wolters, director of rental assistance and housing advocacy.

With the redevelopment of Seattle Housing Authority’s family communities at New Holly, Rainier Vista, and High Point, low-income units have been “de-concentrated” from these areas and spread across the city. Early in the process, the authority committed to replacing all of the low-income units that were demolished through the redevelopments. Through a notice of funding availability (NOFA), the authority and the city were soliciting proposals for use of these 50 project-based vouchers by nonprofit housing developers to help subsidize replacement housing for units that were demolished during the redevelopment of High Point. In order to be eligible for these vouchers, housing units will need by pass inspection by a Seattle Housing Authority inspector.