City of Seattle – Office of Housing

The Seattle Office of Housing (OH) supports an equitable and affordable community through several programs and policies. Most prominently, OH funds the development and preservation of rent- and income-restricted apartment buildings throughout Seattle, primarily funded by the Seattle Housing Levy. OH ensures these 13,000 homes remain affordable for 50 years or more for low-wage workers, seniors, families, and people exiting homelessness.

OH also helps low-income homeowners stay in a safe, healthy, and efficient home through the Home Repair Loan Program and the HomeWise Weatherization Program. Home repair loans are 0% or 3% interest loans for critical repairs, while HomeWise energy efficiency work is free to qualifying households. For first-time home buyers, OH also has a Homeownership Assistance Program for low-income families.

The Office of Housing also manages the City’s Incentive Zoning and Multifamily Tax Exemption programs that support affordable housing in new market-rate construction, and ensures compliance at all participating buildings. As the Mandatory Housing Affordability program is implemented, OH will manage the affordable housing component of this policy too.

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