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2011 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2011 Moving To new Ways Annual Report in March 2012. It summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments. The report was approved by HUD in July 2012.

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

People served

  • Seattle Housing Authority housed more than 15,000 households through Housing Choice Vouchers, public housing, and the Seattle Senior Housing Program, an increase from 2010.
  • About 86 percent of residents have annual incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. Income for all Seattle Housing Authority residents averaged $12,075. 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 remained high at 5,900 households at the end of the year, excluding HOPE VI communities, and 625 households were on waiting lists for the Seattle Senior Housing Program. The tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher waiting list has been closed since 2008; nearly 1,000 applicant households remained at year end.

Housing resources

  • Seattle Housing developed 86 new affordable units at Lake City Court and created 66 new affordable units at Rainier Vista.
  • The agency introduced public housing subsidy to 894 Seattle Senior Housing Program units, allowing rents to remain affordable while securing funding needed for repairs.
  • The agency obtained 572 new special purpose vouchers, including 37 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers, 100 Family Unification Program vouchers, and 435 tenant protection vouchers.

Other activities of note

2011 was an important year for Seattle Housing in many ways. Among a number of accomplishments the agency:

  • Completed the rehabilitation of Denny Terrace, including ventilation improvements, replacement of hot water lines, new windows, new exterior siding, and common area upgrades
  • Won a $10.3 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to spark the transformation of the Yesler Terrace neighborhood and a $3.1 million Community Facilities Capital Fund grant to contribute to the development of early childhood education and adult training facilities at the Yesler Steam Plant
  • Addressed weather damage with repairs to framing, siding, sidewalks, decks, and new windows at Wedgwood Estates and began work at Seattle Senior Housing Program buildings
  • Expanded the Ready to Rent program to help voucher holders and households on the waiting list identify and successfully lease housing of their choice
  • Expanded housing choice throughout the city, with voucher households renting units at 272 new buildings during the year
  • Adopted a smoke-free policy for indoor areas, which will go into effect in early 2012
  • Integrated formerly separate employment and self-sufficiency programs in order to provide comprehensive services and help clients make progress on multiple fronts toward financial stability 
  • Converted the seventh floor of Jefferson Terrace to host a medical respite care program for homeless individuals, staffed and operated by Public Health – Seattle & King County and Harborview Hospital

For more information about the MTW annual report or the MTW program, contact Beka Smith, Assistant Asset Management Coordinator, at or 206-615-3576.