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2006 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2006 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in December 2006. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

A summary of the report is outlined below. The full report and its appendices (PDF, 3.90 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

People served

  • Seattle Housing Authority housed 11,869 households, including people with Housing Choice Vouchers, those in public housing or residents in the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The number of people served by the agency slightly increased from 2005.

  • Most residents served by Seattle Housing Authority have annual incomes well below 30 percent of the area median income. The average income for residents slightly increased from about $11,300 to $11,613. This is an average among Housing Choice Voucher participants, residents of public housing and Seattle Senior Housing residents.

  • 12,284 households were on one or more wait lists for housing assistance at the end of the year.

Community revitalization

  • The first phase of the renovation under homeWorks, Seattle Housing Authority's high-rise revitalization project, began. Three out of the eight buildings in the first phase were completed. Design development documents were created for the seven buildings in the second phase of the project.

  • The Board of Commissioners made the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace a priority for the next ten years. Yesler Terrace redevelopment is a key component in the agency's strategy to continue to serve Seattleā€™s low-income residents, given the ongoing withdrawal of federal support for low-income housing. In FY 2006, Seattle Housing Authority hired a program manager for the project and initiated the planning process which will likely take three years or longer.

  • At Rainier Vista, AIDS Housing of Washington and Housing Resources Group completed construction of The Genesee, a 50-unit building including 22 units for people with disabilities funded through Section 811.

Housing resources

  • Private builders completed more than 350 homes for sale in Seattle Housing Authority communities: 50 in Rainier Vista, 200 in High Point and 102 in NewHolly.

  • Rental housing in the first phase of redevelopment at High Point was completed and leased up by year end. This includes 200 units of public housing, 144 units of workforce housing, and 75 units of housing for low-income seniors.

  • Six new High Point replacement units were added with the purchase of two triplexes in the Delridge neighborhood.

  • The agency sold 29 Scattered Sites units, bringing the total sales to 93 of the 150 units identified for which disposition has been approved by HUD.

  • Seattle Housing Authority purchased 14 Scattered Sites replacement units, bringing the total units replaced to 54. At year end, another 14 units were under contract to purchase.

  • In May 2006, the agency opened the Housing Choice Voucher wait list and selected 4,000 applicants by lottery.

Performance indicators

Seattle Housing Authority met or exceeded goals for the performance indicators on which HUD rates housing authorities:

  • Seattle Housing Authority responded within 30 days to 95.4 percent of routine requests for maintenance work, and within 24 hours to nearly 99 percent of emergency maintenance requests.

  • The agency completed 3,200 comprehensive inspections in public housing and all scheduled critical item inspections in other units.

  • By year's end, the Housing Choice Voucher program had 6,771 households, an increase of 227 participants over fiscal year 2005. The program also saw a net increase of 100 participating landlords bringing the total to 2,600 landlords.

  • The Housing Choice Voucher program met or exceeded all of its performance goals for property inspections.

  • The Job Connection—Seattle Housing Authority's employment services group—made 172 job placements, 77 percent of which were full-time and 68 percent of which included benefits. The average hourly wage at placement was $11.70.

  • The vacancy rate in public housing programs continued to be low at 2.5 percent.