On Sept. 20, 2010, the Board of Commissioners approved the Seattle Housing Authority's 2011-2015 Strategic Plan to set the agency's future direction.
The plan, entitled “Bold Plans in the Face of Uncertainty,” affirms the housing authority’s core commitments, addresses foreseeable challenges and opportunities, and maps the agency’s course for the next five years.
Before its adoption, the plan which was over a year in the making, was presented to and discussed at meetings of residents, staff, management and the Board of Commissioners. The plan sets out overarching goals and directions for the agency while the annual budgets and Moving to Work plans deal with specific enactments of those goals and directions.
Outlined in the new plan are five strategic directions that are expected to be the focus of Seattle Housing Authority’s activities over the next five years:
- Expand housing opportunities for low-income residents across Seattle by maintaining and expanding the supply of low-income housing stock.
- Expand housing access and choice for low-income residents using Housing Choice vouchers.
- Assist housing participants in gaining access to education and employment opportunities so they can improve their lives.
- Provide additional services to, and increase the stock of housing for, low-income seniors.
- Partner with others to create healthy, welcoming and supportive living environments in Seattle Housing Authority communities.
The plan also outlines three management strategies the housing authority will employ to succeed in following the strategic directions mentioned above:
- Manage the Seattle Housing Authority as effectively as possible to meet the agency’s mission.
- Identify and implement sustainable practices throughout the agency to minimize impact on the environment.
- Promote a healthy, engaged and productive workforce.