In late December, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Office of Housing announced plans to spend about $100 million on affordable housing construction and preservation and homebuyer assistance around the city. It is the largest one-year affordable housing investment the Office of Housing has ever made, about $33 million more than the previous record investment the department made in 2015 and about double last year’s investment.
The funds will go to an array of local nonprofit housing developers and homeless services providers who will construct 896 units in nine new buildings, preserve 535 units in four buildings and construct 25 new homes for low- to moderate-income families.
“You have given the Filipino community of Seattle the best Christmas gift,” said former Filipino Community Center president Alma Kern at the mayor’s press conference in December. Speaking outside the community center, Kern talked about the impact of an onsite affordable housing development, which will be funded with $10.9 million from the city and additional state and federal funding. In the works for about a decade now, the Filipino Community Village will have 94 units of housing for low-income seniors earning 30 to 60 percent area median income (AMI) and a ground-floor space for youth science, technology, engineering, arts and math programing and computer access.