Issaquah donates money to affordable housing

May 18, 2010

By Staff

City Council members contributed $150,000 on May 3 to build affordable-housing units for low-income King County residents, homeless people and people with disabilities.

The contribution formed part of the annual contribution to A Regional Coalition for Housing. Formed in 1993, the group includes Issaquah, 14 other Eastside cities and King County.

Issaquah will provide $100,000 in long-term loans for the Totem Lake units and a $50,000 grant to the Foundation for the Challenged to build group housing for people with disabilities in northeastern King County. St. Andrew’s Housing Group — a partner of ARCH — proposed the 60 affordable rental units for the Totem Lake area in Kirkland.

“You’ll notice that there are no Issaquah projects in this allocation, but I do know that other jurisdictions have been very, very supportive of a number of projects in Issaquah,” Councilman Fred Butler said.

The council also OK’d a list of ongoing and upcoming ARCH projects, and a measure to streamline the administration of the Housing Trust Fund — a regional account to create and preserve housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

Under the work program approved by council members, the housing organization will work with the city on the YWCA Family Village at Issaquah development and the Habitat for Humanity of East King County construction in the Issaquah Highlands.

Council Services & Operations Committee members discussed the proposal in January, and recommended the legislation to the full council.

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One Response to “Issaquah donates money to affordable housing”

  1. Karen Williams on May 19th, 2010 12:41 pm

    Bravo Issaquah! Issaquah has demonstrated great public will to ensure households of all incomes can afford to live in the Eastside communities where they work or their children go to school. Issaquah has used a range of innovative policy tools (in addition to contributing funding) and should be showcased as a model for how a smaller city can support housing affordability.

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