2008 MTW Report
The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2008 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in March 2009. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.
- Seattle Housing Authority housed 12,359 households through Housing Choice Vouchers, public housing, and the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The number of people served by the agency increased by 282 from 2007.
- Most residents have annual incomes well below 30 percent of the area median income. The average income for Seattle Housing Authority residents increased from about $12,150 to $12,350. This is an average among Housing Choice Voucher Program participants, and residents of public housing and the Seattle Senior Housing Program.
- 3,823 households were on one or more waiting lists for housing assistance at the end of the year, excluding HOPE VI communities. Public housing waiting lists remained stable, while the Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list increased dramatically due to the opening in mid-2008 to establish a new list of 4,000 applicants by lottery. Seattle Senior Housing Program waiting lists decreased about 20 percent due to the implementation of Save My Spot.
- All seven buildings in the second phase of the renovation under homeWorks, Seattle Housing Authority's high-rise revitalization project, were completed. Four out of the seven buildings in the third phase were substantially completed, leaving only three to be completed in 2009.
- Yesler Terrace redevelopment is a key component in the agency's strategy to continue to serve Seattle's low-income residents, given the on-going withdrawal of federal support for low-income housing. In 2008, Seattle Housing Authority began using the guiding principles adopted in 2007 to develop a site concept plan and continued to work with residents and community members.
- Construction was completed on the new Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club and started for the new High Point Neighborhood Center.
- Seattle Housing Authority received a $10.5 million HOPE VI grant to help finance the redevelopment of Lake City Village.
- Financing was assembled for the renovation of 44 units in three buildings of South Shore Apartments (formerly known as The Douglas). Design work was also completed and renovation activities began.
- A comprehensive envelope study of Seattle Senior Housing Program buildings was conducted. Planning was completed for the first of several major envelope repairs.
- At High Point, 85 units affordable at the public housing level and 54 workforce housing units came on line.
- More than 150 public housing units were modernized in 2008 to meet Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards for people with disabilities.
- Seattle Housing Authority received 52 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers.
- Seattle Housing Authority continued the reconfiguration of its Scattered Sites public housing portfolio. In 2008, 26 Scattered Sites units were sold, bringing the total sales to 174 of the 196 units identified disposition. 13 Scattered Sites replacement units were added, bringing the total number of replacements to 121.
- The agency completed 100 percent of planned unit inspections in public housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program met or exceeded all its performance goals for property inspections.
- The Job Connection, Seattle Housing Authority's employment services group, made 205 job placements, 81 percent of which were full-time and 83 percent of which included benefits. The average hourly wage at placement was $13.82, a 12 percent increase over 2007.
- The average vacancy rate in public housing programs was 2.99 percent, down one percent from 2007.
Other activities of note
- Seattle Housing Authority executed an Amended and Restated Moving to Work Agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, extending MTW participation through 2018.
- A new waiting list priority was developed for households that move out of public housing into the private market, but need to return to public housing within a year due to circumstances such as loss of income.
- Policies were established to allow Project-based vouchers and public housing to operate seamlessly in communities that operate both programs.
- Project-based program admissions criteria were modified to allow former Seattle Housing Authority residents/participants who have violated rules or owe debt to re-enter the program if proper services are in place.