Programs and Initiatives

Seattle Housing Levy

Seattle housing levy

The Seattle Housing Levy funds affordable housing development for the lowest-income residents in Seattle. To date, over 13,000 homes have been created. A new $290 million housing levy was overwhelmingly passed by voters in August 2016.

Rainier Valley Affordable Homeownership Initiative

Rainier Valley Affordable Homeownership Initiative

The City of Seattle and Sound Transit are working to create at least 100 for-sale homes, permanently affordable to low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers using Sound Transit surplus sites in Rainier Valley 

Community Preference

Community preference

Community Preference helps building owners address displacement and advance racial equity. It allows for a carefully crafted prioritization process when leasing or selling units in areas with a history of displacement or high risk of displacement. 

Fort Lawton Redevelopment

Fort Lawton development

The vision for Ft Lawton is an affordable, livable community that creates opportunities for those with low incomes to live in the Magnolia neighborhood, and takes advantage of the opportunity to increase recreational & open space.

Mount Baker Redevelopment Sites

Mount Baker Development Sites

The City of Seattle and Sound Transit are working in partnership with community stakeholders and a consultant team to develop a preferred site plan for the City's Mount Baker sites and the Sound Transit East Portal site.

Intent to Sell

Intent to sell

The Notice of Intent to Sell ordinance reauthorized by Council in 2019, provides the City with information about the intention to sell residential rental property with at least one unit rented at 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) or below.

First Time Homebuyer Program

first time home buyer

The Office of Housing provides downpayment assistance to first-time homebuyers at or below 80% of area median income through partnerships with local nonprofits and lending institutions.

Mandatory Housing Affordability

mandatory housing affordability

Mandatory Housing Affordability ensures that new commercial & multifamily residential development contributes to affordable housing. This is done by requiring new developments to include affordable housing or contribute to the Office of Housing fund to support the development of affordable housing.


Maiko Winkler-Chin, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA , 98124-4725
Phone: (206) 684-0721
Fax: (206) 233-7117

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The mission of the Office of Housing (OH) is to create strong, healthy communities, prevent displacement, and increase opportunities for people of all income levels to live in Seattle.