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2013 MTW Report

Seattle Housing Authority submitted its 2013 MTW Annual Report to HUD on March 31, 2014 and the report was approved by HUD in August 2016. The report summarizes the year's activities and accomplishments.

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People served

  • Seattle Housing served more than 29,000 people in Seattle as of year end 2013, representing nearly 15,000 households.
  • Seattle Housing Authority also provided subsidy to an additional 1,800 households utilizing Housing Choice Vouchers outside of Seattle.
  • Participants in Seattle included more than 5,000 elderly individuals, 9,000 children, and 8,000 people with disabilities.
  • Of all households served as of year end, 39 percent lived in public housing and 56 percent received a voucher. The remaining households were served through various programs including Section 8 Moderate Rehab and tax credit units.
  • Average income for SHA households at year end 2013 was $13,573, up slightly from $13,266 in 2012.
  • Among all of SHA's households in Seattle, elderly and disabled households averaged 8 years length of participation at year end and work-likely households averaged 6 years (compared to 7 and 5 years in 2012).

Waiting Lists

  • A new list of 2,000 applicants for tenant-based HCV vouchers was established through a lottery in early 2013 and remained closed subsequently. Nearly 24,000 households entered the lottery.
  • The number of households waiting for public housing remained high at 7,700 households. The average wait for new move-ins to public housing was 31 months, an increase from the previous average of 26 months in 2012.

Changes to housing resources for low-income people

  • Seattle Housing Authority awarded 132 new project-based vouchers in 2013, supporting a wide range of unique permanent supportive housing programs serving individuals and families in Seattle.
  • Significant progress was made on Yesler Terrace redevelopment in 2013. The renovation of the historic Yesler Steam Plant into the Epstein Opportunity Center was nearly complete by year end. Construction began on the first replacement housing at the Baldwin Apartments and 1105 E Fir St Apartments. Forty units, which were formerly leased to a transitional housing program that has since relocated, were demolished to prepare for construction of 1105 E Fir St Apartments.
  • Additional major capital activities included the renovation and expansion of Leschi House, the installation of carbon monoxide monitors, elevator repairs within Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) buildings, and assorted projects addressing window replacements, exterior envelope renovations, and accessibility modifications to meet Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

MTW Activities

Seattle Housing Authority planned for implementation of a number of new MTW activities during the year, three of which launched in 2013. These new MTW activities included:

  • A short-term rental assistance pilot project launched in collaboration with community partners in late 2013: The new program incorporates both one-time subsidies to prevent and reduce homelessness as well as short-term rental assistance paired with targeted services for families and young adults who are homeless or in danger of losing their housing.
  • An initiative to improve the efficiency of the waiting list for the Seattle Senior Housing Program, specifically by disregarding an administrative requirement by HUD to target specific age and disability status distribution by bedroom size within the program.
  • Partial implementation of the new HOPE VI utility policy: Seattle Housing Authority now provides a water and sewer utility allowance in the form of a maximum level of consumption rather than a rent reduction, as well as an incentive for conservative resource consumption in the HOPE VI communities.

Seattle Housing Authority did not implement limitations to port-out vouchers, which was the remaining MTW strategy approved in the annual plan, determining that conditions in 2013 did not require it. SHA will continue to monitor and reconsider whether this activity should be implemented in future years based on the federal funding context and total number of port outs.

Evaluation of Seattle Housing Authority's ongoing MTW activities identified a number of achievements in cost and time savings in 2013, as well as increased access to service-enriched housing. These reported outcomes included:

  • More than 3,000 service-enriched units made available through project-based commitments. Project-based vouchers leveraged $726,327 in service dollars in 2013.
  • More than 14,000 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 bsmith@seattlehousing.org or 206-615-3576.