affordable housing

Business
9:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Council Member Sawant Criticizes Murray’s Affordable Housing Committee

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is criticizing Mayor Ed Murray’s newly created affordable housing committee, saying the group is skewed toward developers with not enough low-income housing advocates.

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Fair Housing
8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Tenants With Disabilities Filing Suit Over Sale Of Seattle Apartment Building

"We deserve better. We are human beings," said Theodora resident Harold Echtinaw, who says he moved there in November 2005. He is among the tenants who formed the Theodora Rescue Committee to file suit against its sale to a private developer.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

A group of disabled and elderly tenants being priced out of a Seattle apartment building are striking back.

Several residents of the Theodora Apartments in Ravenna have filed suit under federal fair housing laws. 

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Affordable Housing
4:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Study: Seattle Worker Needs Min. Wage Of $21.60/Hour To Afford Two-Bedroom Rental

Two-bedroom apartments at AVA Ballard start at $2,125 a month. The National Low Income Housing Coalition uses a HUD-estimated fair market rent of $1,123 for a two-bedroom apartment in Seattle to calculate the housing wage.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour may not be enough to allow low-wage workers to afford rent in Seattle, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. 

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Affordable Housing
5:59 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

As Ballard Complex Residents Face 75 Percent Rent Hike, Licata Calls For Future City Action

Residents protest outside Ballard's Lockhaven Apartments on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.
Ashley Gross

Options are running out for tenants of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood who are facing much higher rents once the new owner renovates their units. Seattle City Council members say more needs to be done to make sure other renters don’t face a similar plight.

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Election 2013
5:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Challenge for Seattle's Next Mayor: Making Housing Affordable

Laura DeFrate says she and her family may have to leave Seattle because rents have gotten too high.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Seattle’s next mayor will face the challenge of balancing the city’s growth with affordability. 

“Because our city’s popular, because we’re adding jobs, because more people want to live in our walkable urban places, the competition for existing housing is driving up the rent, driving up housing prices,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

Both McGinn and challenger Ed Murray shared their ideas, many of them similar, on ways to create affordable housing for people of all income.

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urban housing
4:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Seattle City Council to weigh code changes to micro-housing

Buildings full of so-called micro-dwellings have been going up in parts of Seattle, but not without controversy. Now the Seattle City Council is getting ready to consider changes to the code to provide more oversight. 

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affordable housing
6:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In Wash., 2 full-time min. wage jobs to afford 2-bedroom rental

The map shows the number of hours needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment in each state.
National Low Income Housing Coalition

A minimum-wage earner must work two full-time jobs year-round to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Washington state, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

To afford $966 — the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the state, the study found a minimum-wage earner must work 81 hours per week ­– or two minimum-wage earners in the same household must work full-time — to avoid spending more than 30 percent of income on housing.

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Business
1:36 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

New apartment building for homeless people opens in South Lake Union

Plymouth Housing's new building for homeless people recovering from addictions
Plymouth Housing

King County has been working to reduce homelessness, but the need for housing and shelter is still large. In Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, 81 homeless people will soon move into a brand-new building called the Pat Williams Apartments.

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Housing
7:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Poor economy leaves more people in Seattle struggling to find housing

Diane Rivers has been homeless off and on since she was pregnant with her now three-year-old daughter, Christina
Ashley Gross KPLU

Seattle’s oldest public housing project, Yesler Terrace, is headed for a massive redevelopment, and that means years of upheaval for its 1,200 residents. At least they’re guaranteed some kind of housing. Others are not so lucky. The poor economy has made a chronic shortage of subsidized housing in Seattle even worse.

Diane Rivers is one of the people who's been trying for years to find a permanent home that she can afford.

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Business
4:47 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

New program turns foreclosed homes into affordable housing

A foreclosed home in the South Beacon Hill neighborhood that Homestead plans to rehab
Ashley Gross KPLU

Home prices have dropped almost 30 percent from their peak in Seattle, but there are still a lot of people who can’t afford to buy a home in the city. Now, a new program is tackling that problem by converting foreclosed homes into affordable housing.

Under the program, you could buy a house for $85,000 less than what it’s worth - if you make below a certain income threshold.

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Rental housing
3:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Website links needy renters with affordable rentals

Combining a view with affordable rent can be tough in Seattle.
Cris Pierry

Finding a place to rent can be a hassle.  If you don’t have much money,  it’s even more difficult.

Now, a new website, HousingSearchNW.org,  provides help in locating reasonably priced housing  in King County. The website is a free service for tenants and landlords. It's been in operation a little over a month and is averaging about 12,000 searches a week.

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seattle arts
2:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Seattle seeking affordable space for artists

An art installation at INScape in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It’s been a long running problem – how to keep and create affordable spaces for artists to live, work and perform in.

That’s the focus of Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event beginning Tuesday at Town Hall. The City of Seattle is asking a wide range of people to roll up their sleeves to look for ways to preserve Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.

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