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City of Seattle invests $110 million to create nearly 2,000 affordable housing units

This is the city's largest investment into affordable housing and the largest number of homes that will be created in the city's history.

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle has announced that it will invest $110 million to create 1,944 new affordable homes in neighborhoods across the city-- the largest investment and the largest number of affordable homes created in the city's history. 

The 2019 funds invested through the city’s Office of Housing will support the construction of 13 new buildings in Seattle. These buildings will be inclusive for a range of citizens, low-income workers and families, seniors, and those experiencing homelessness.

The funding for the projects comes from existing levy money, sales tax revenue and from the sale of Seattle's Mercer Block property.

The 13 properties are geared toward those living at or below 60% of the area's median income. 

Several of these housing buildings will include spaces for childcare and healthcare centers for seniors. 

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Below is a list of the new apartments that will be built:

  • Africatown Plaza (Central District):  132 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • Rose Street II (Rainier Beach): 186 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • Madison/Boylston (First Beach): 361 units will be built for families and individuals, and individuals experiencing homelessness. 
  • The Elridge (Capitol Hill): 125 units will be built for seniors and LGBTQ+ affirming.
  • Hobson Place II (North Rainier): 92 units will be built for individuals experiencing homelessness. 
  • Ethiopian Village (Rainier Beach): 89 units will be built for seniors.
  • Nesbit Family Housing (Licton Springs): 118 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • Via7 (Rainier Beach): 221 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • 12th and Spruce (First Hill): 100 units will be built for individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • North Lot (Beacon Hill): 154 units will be built for seniors and families.
  • Lam Bow (Delridge): 82 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • The Madison (First Hill): 73 units will be built for families and individuals. 
  • Willow Crossing (Othello): 211 units will be built for families and individuals.

You can see a full breakdown of the types of properties that will be built here.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the projects won't be built right away, but she's hoping to see the renderings become a reality in the next two years.

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