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2012 MTW Report

The Board of Commissioners approved Seattle Housing Authority's 2012 Moving To new Ways Annual Report on March 18, 2013. The report summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments and is currently being reviewed by HUD.

The full report and its appendices (PDF, 9 MB , download Adobe Reader) are also available.

People served

  • Seattle Housing served more than 29,000 people in Seattle as of year end 2012. Participants included more than 5,000 elderly individuals, 9,000 children, and 8,000 people with disabilities.
  • Of all households served as of year end, 35 percent lived in public housing and 50 percent received a voucher. The remaining households were served through various programs including Section 8 Moderate Rehab and tax credit units. 
  • The tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list remained closed and has been closed since 2008; approximately 800 applicant households remained at year end.
  • Households waiting for public housing remained high at 6,700 households (excluding HOPE VI). The average wait for new move-ins to public housing was 26 months.

Housing resources

  • Seattle Housing created 52 new affordable units at Rainier Vista, including 43 units affordable to extremely low-income households (0-30 % AMI) and 9 units affordable to households with income below 60% AMI.
  • SHA obtained 394 new special purpose vouchers: 
  • - 58 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
    - 336 conversion vouchers (also known as tenant protection vouchers)

Other activities of note

2012 was an important year for Seattle Housing in many ways. Among a number of accomplishments the agency:

  • Received grants from HUD's Choice Neighborhoods and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for the Yesler Terrace redevelopment project; secured unanimous approval by the Seattle City Council for implementation; and won a Futurewise Equity and Environment Award for community participation and design work
  • Completed rehabilitation of windows and exteriors at Blakeley Manor, Bitter Lake Manor, Olmsted Manor, and Nelson Manor
  • Planned for the renovation and expansion of Leschi House, including securing awards from Seattle's Housing Levy and the Washington State Department of Commerce for the rehabilitation of 34 existing units and construction of an additional 35 apartments.
  • Adopted and implemented a new smoke-free housing policy for SHA-owned residential buildings and partnered with the Seattle – King County Public Health Department to provide smoking cessation services to residents
  • Completed all remaining parks at High Point, including receiving a KaBOOM grant for playground and outdoor exercise equipment at Bataan Park
  • Implemented new policies to improve cost effectiveness, including new purchasing procedures
  • Earned a Standard & Poor's rating of A+ and a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Launched new program management software
  • Decreased car travel between SHA offices by co-locating staff previously located at the Central Office and PorchLight buildings
  • Expanded the organics program to divert waste from the garbage stream at public housing properties, averaging 2.7 tons of food scraps and yard waste per week from public housing and SSHP buildings
  • Developed and implemented safety and wellness programs that reduced the number and severity of SHA's accident rates

MTW Activities

Evaluation of Seattle Housing's ongoing MTW activities identified a number of achievements in cost and time savings in 2012, as well as increased access to service-enriched housing, including:

  • Nearly 3,000 service-enriched units made available through project-based commitments as of year-end 2012
  • More than 300 homeless men and women served in medical respite units at Jefferson Terrace
  • More than 2,700 hours of staff time saved through gained efficiencies in inspections, waiting list management, and rent calculation processes

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