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Seattle Boosts Affordable Housing

Dec 18, 2018

The City of Seattle has pledged to spend more than $75 million dollars on affordable housing projects throughout 2019. The plan, unveiled at a recent news conference with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, endeavors to help nonprofits build around 1,200 new affordable apartments while preserving another 200 low-rent homes.

The press-event was held at Northaven, an affordable seniors community in the Northgate neighborhood of Seattle. Northaven had previously engaged VIA to develop a community plan for their growing tenant population – and we are excited to report that they are one of the recipients of this new round of funding.

VIA’s work with Northaven will build upon several previously-provided feasibility studies, with neighboring stakeholders, that examined the existing sites with options to integrate new development of various sizes and configurations, including the incorporation of an existing auto body shop. These exercises assisted Northaven in determining what they wanted and what they were able to build. The project was envisioned as a rich mixture of housing and amenities acting as a sort of ‘senior hub’ in the Northgate area.

Congratulations to Northaven and all the newly-funded affordable housing projects in our City!