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2010 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2010 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in March 2011. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

The full report and its appendices (PDF, 14.8 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

People served

  • Seattle Housing Authority housed nearly 13,800 households through Housing Choice Vouchers, public housing, and the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The number of people served by the agency increased by 204 from 2009.

  • About 86 percent of residents have annual incomes well below 30 percent of the area median income. The average income for Seattle Housing Authority residents increased from about $12,680 to $13,180. This is an average among Housing Choice Voucher Program participants, and residents of public housing and the Seattle Senior Housing Program.

  • The waiting list for public housing increased by 13 percent to 6,200 households by the end of the year, excluding HOPE VI communities, and 650 households were on waiting lists for the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher waiting list has been closed since 2008; more than 1,800 applicant households remained at year end.

Community revitalization

  • Rainier Vista: 83 new rental units came online at Phase II-Tamarack Place, including 71 units affordable at the public housing level and 12 workforce housing units.

  • Lake City Village: Began construction of 86 rental units, scheduled for completion in 2011.

  • Yesler Terrace: Proposed a preferred site concept alternative, completed a draft environmental impact statement and relocation planning, and submitted a $23.9 million Choice Neighborhoods grant application to spark the transformation of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood.

  • Public housing high-rises: Completed the renovation of Bell Tower and began revitalization of Denny Terrace.

  • Seattle Senior Housing Program: Completed water intrusion repairs at Schwabacher, Willis, and Reunion House; received an award of $3 million in matching funds from the City for repairs to Nelson Manor and Olmsted Manor and repair and prevention work at Blakely Manor and Bitter Lake Manor.

  • Special Portfolio: continued water-intrusion work at Wedgewood Estates.

Housing resources

  • Scattered Sites: Completed the sale of all 196 units; 137 replacement units are online and SHA is currently working to identify replacement housing for the remaining units.

  • Accessible housing: 15 public housing units were retrofit to meet Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS); 10 new UFAS units were constructed at Rainier Vista Phase II – Tamarack Place.

  • New Special Purpose Vouchers: 185 new vouchers for veterans, family unification, and affordable housing preservation.

  • HOPE VI off-site replacement housing: 64 project-based High Point replacement units came on line.

Performance indicators

  • The Job Connection, Seattle Housing Authority's employment services group, made 182 job placements, 38 percent of which included benefits. The average hourly wage at placement was just over $18.00.

  • Average vacancy rates: public housing – 1.2 percent, down from 2.1 percent in 2009 and 3.0 percent in 2008; Seattle Senior Housing Program – 1.3 percent.

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program utilization remained stable, with 8,610 at year end, a utilization rate of 98.5 percent.

Other activities of note

  • Jefferson Terrace: leased 22 units to Public Health-Seattle King County to create a medical respite facility for homeless people who need a safe place to heal after being treated at local hospitals.

  • High Point: Worked with stakeholders, community members, and the local Walgreens to address community demand for healthier food. The store now carries fresh produce and is approved for WIC.

  • MTW innovations: Used MTW status to implement time saving policies that allow landlords to self-certify correction of minor items and the agency to conduct income reviews for fixed-income households only every three years.

  • Conservation: Accumulated savings in utility costs from toilet replacement and homeWorks electricity conservation measures totaling more than $967,000 in 2010 alone and $6.7 million since conservation measures began in 2003.

  • SHA received a $169,000, two-year grant from Public Health – Seattle & King County to explore non-smoking policies for additional affordable housing units.

  • The mental health crisis intervention program and high rise case management program prevented 100 percent of evictions of residents referred to them by property management staff. 

For more information about the MTW annual plan or the MTW program, contact Andria Lazaga, Asset Management Coordinator, at or 206-615-3546.