King County awards affordable housing dollars

December 13, 2011

King County awarded about $10.6 million to develop affordable housing, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Dec. 2.

Officials awarded dollars to local housing projects to create and preserve about 600 affordable rental units, including about 400 new rental units and up to 11 new affordable ownership opportunities.

“The affordable housing capital funding round was very challenging this year,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, chairwoman of the Joint Recommendations Committee, said in a statement.

Frisinger’s committee recommends affordable housing capital awards to the county Department of Community and Human Services.

The housing created using the awards is to be affordable to a range of households at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income. The majority of the awards support households below 50 percent of the area’s median income and a significant portion of units for households at or below 30 percent of the area’s median income.

For instance, a three-person household at 50 percent of the area’s median income earns $39,100 annually and a single-person household at 50 percent of median earns $30,400.

Funding for affordable housing comes from federal and local sources, including the voter-approved King County Veterans and Human Services Levy.

King County awards $10.6 million to develop affordable housing

December 5, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 2011

King County awarded about $10.6 million to develop affordable housing, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Dec. 2.

Mayor Ava Frisinger

Officials awarded dollars to local housing projects to create and preserve about 600 affordable rental units, including about 400 new rental units and up to 11 new affordable ownership opportunities.

“The affordable housing capital funding round was very challenging this year,” Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, chairwoman of the Joint Recommendations Committee, said in a statement.

Frisinger’s committee recommends affordable housing capital awards to the King County Department of Community and Human Services.

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Tour Passage Point residences at opening ceremony Thursday

July 6, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. July 6, 2011

Before the first residents make Passage Point their new home this summer, the YWCA invites the public to view the facility during its grand opening Thursday.

YWCA Passage Point is a residential community near Issaquah for single parents emerging from the corrections system. With its 46 housing units and comprehensive services, Passage Point will empower residents, mostly mothers, to reunite with their children in a stable environment, helping them along a path toward self sufficiency.

“I honestly do not know where my daughter and I would be if not for YWCA Passage Point,” Cynthia Liggett, a Passage Point reunification program participant, said in a news release. “Through this program, I have learned how to become more confident in my parenting skills and know I can use my past experience as a stepping stone to success.”

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County residents can apply for housing vouchers soon

May 10, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 10, 2011

The regional housing authority plans to start accepting applications for housing vouchers May 25.

The opportunity allows eligible applicants to qualify for a federal rental subsidy through the Housing Choice Voucher program, and then use the voucher in the private market.

The program, also known as Section 8, is the primary means of housing assistance for low- and very-low-income people provided by King County Housing Authority. The existing Section 8 program provides rental assistance to more than 25,000 county residents.

The housing authority serves residents outside in areas other than Seattle and Renton.

The waiting list last opened for two weeks in 2007, and the agency received almost 11,000 applications to the program.  Because the list is nearly exhausted, the housing authority aims to create a more up-to-date applicant list.

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Stimulus dollars fund upgrades at public housing complex

August 31, 2010

The county public housing agency has put stimulus dollars to work to make units at a downtown Issaquah apartment complex accessible to the disabled.

King County Housing Authority leaders plan to modify three units at Eastridge House in Issaquah and 56 other public housing units countywide. The agency announced the $3.85 million project Aug. 11.

The money comes as part of $4 billion in stimulus money steered to housing authorities nationwide to preserve and enhance public housing.

Crews plan to modify bathrooms, kitchens and living areas to enable people with mobility impairments or other physical disabilities to live independently. The plan also calls for appliances, interior doors and flooring to be replaced. Read more

Stimulus dollars fund upgrades at Issaquah public housing complex

August 11, 2010

NEW — 11 a.m. Aug. 11, 2010

The county public housing agency has put stimulus dollars to work to make units at a downtown Issaquah apartment complex accessible to the disabled.

King County Housing Authority leaders plan to modify three units at Eastridge House in Issaquah and 56 other public housing units countywide. The agency announced the $3.85 million project Wednesday.

The money comes as part of $4 billion in stimulus money steered to housing authorities nationwide to preserve and enhance public housing.

Crews plan to modify bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas to enable people with mobility impairments or other physical disabilities to live independently. The plan also calls for appliances, interior doors and flooring to be replaced.

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