Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

PHOTO ESSAY: North Lot Breaks Ground in Beacon Hill, Future Site of 160 Affordable Homes

by Ronnie Estoque


On Jan. 20, Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) hosted a ceremony for the groundbreaking of Building A of the North Lot Project, which will provide 160 units of affordable housing to the North Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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NEWS GLEAMS | WA State Extends Health Insurance to Undocumented People; Juarez and Herbold Will Not Seek Reelection

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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New Affordable Housing Project Uncle Bob’s Place Incorporates Local Artwork, Centers Community Preference Policy

by Jadenne Radoc Cabahug


On the corner of King Street and 8th Avenue South in the Chinatown-International District sits a new affordable housing development. Named after legendary community activist Robert “Uncle Bob” Santos, Uncle Bob’s Place features a large mural of Santos that overlooks the neighborhood. 

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OPINION | Finding Home in the Chinatown-International District

by J.M. Wong


On Friday, Sept. 30, my friends and I sent selfie photos of each other shopping at Viet-Wah, the Vietnamese-owned grocery store located in the Chinatown-International District. It was Viet-Wah’s last day of operations, and we exchanged our favorite memories of the place. It was nostalgic to listen to the music in the background amidst altars with joss sticks and offerings. When I arrived in Seattle in 2007, Viet-Wah was the one place that reminded me of home — they had spices and mixes for Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. And most importantly, they had everything I needed for hot pot in one store. 

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Modeling a New Housing Method, With Thoughtful Design

by Ashley Archibald

(This article was originally published on Real Change News and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


On a clear day looking out from the park at the southern end of South Lake Union with its low, arching water feature and the gleaming former naval warehouse that is now the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), you’ll see the impressions of the Cascades, made hazy by their deceptive distance.

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Seattle Will Vote on Creation of New ‘Social Housing’ Authority in 2023

by Justin Carder

(This article originally appeared on the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


The backers of I-135 to create a new public developer “to build, acquire, own, and manage social housing” in Seattle say they have successfully gathered enough signatures to place the initiative on the ballot — but the vote won’t come until 2023.

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Tenants in Limbo After Sale of ‘Naturally Affordable’ Apartment Building

by Guy Oron

(This article was originally published on Real Change and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


Tenants of a Capitol Hill apartment complex are fighting to stay in place after their building — an example of “naturally affordable” housing in Seattle — was sold to a private company.

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Grant Program Cleans Up Contaminated Sites for Affordable Housing

by Agueda Pacheco Flores


King County is home to more than 500 contaminated sites, but now at least two will get cleaned up for a second chance as affordable housing. 

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OPINION | Everyone Wants Less Homelessness. Social Housing Offers a Viable Solution.

by Gennette Cordova


We all want less homelessness.

Some people believe that housing should be a basic human right. Others prefer that poverty in their city be out of their line of vision. Counter to narratives centered around addiction and mental illness often spun by The Seattle Times’ editorial board, the newspaper recently acknowledged that the cause of our city’s rampant homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. Rather than debating the morality of reasons rooted in compassion, the shamefulness of reasons based on aesthetics, or the virtue of rationale landing somewhere in between, we can build solutions based on the understanding that tackling homelessness will require us to do something about Seattle’s skyrocketing housing costs. 

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With November Ballot in Question, Seattle’s Social Housing Campaign Soldiers On

by Ben Adlin


House Our Neighbors, the campaign pushing to bring social housing to Seattle, said that its ballot measure, Initiative 135, is unlikely to go before voters this November. But with no end in sight to the city’s runaway housing costs, organizers are still determined to put the proposal on the ballot as soon as possible.

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