$147 million in city funding announced for affordable-housing projects, none in West Seattle

Less than two months ago, the mayor proposed a billion-dollar renewal/expansion of the city Housing Levy. Some wondered what the money from the current one is being spent on. Here’s an example. The city has announced $147 million in grants for projects totaling 1,150 housing units, from sources including the current levy, as well as the “JumpStart” payroll tax and developers fees from the HALA-born Mandatory Housing Affordability program. The projects receiving grants are shown in this slide deck. None are in West Seattle. The nearest are two in South Park – a 78-unit complex that Sea Mar will build and 30 townhomes that Habitat for Humanity is planning.

20 Replies to "$147 million in city funding announced for affordable-housing projects, none in West Seattle"

  • dan May 16, 2023 (3:09 pm)

    I have advocated from the start, that HALA funds should be spent within the zip code or within one adjacent since the program formed.  City Council Members I spoke with said it wouldn’t be an issue.  We we have torn down a lot of the previously affordable housing stock and built with new density but none of those units has been affordable.  All the fees paid by developers has been spent in other areas of the city.  Leaving WS with less affordable housing.  Such a missed opportunity.

  • Plf May 16, 2023 (3:29 pm)

    Was the west Seattle area expecting or believed we would be expecting funding for development?

    • WSB May 16, 2023 (5:00 pm)

      I don’t have info on the applicant pool.

  • East Coast Cynic May 16, 2023 (3:38 pm)

    There’s a huge 144 unit “affordable housing” project planned to be built on the site of the WA State DOL across the street from the Westwood Village strip mall.  Granted it’s not a city funded project, but it’s supposedly affordable.

  • AlkiDreamin May 16, 2023 (7:03 pm)

    Ummm, since when is South Park not West Seattle??

    • Mel May 16, 2023 (7:47 pm)

      I’ve lived in WS for 35 years and have never considered South Park part of  WS.

      • AlkiDreamin May 16, 2023 (8:31 pm)

        I reflect on my experience in high school having a govt teacher – yes, in those days we actually had civics classes in public school-   and he and the class insisted that Mexico was not part of North America. I looked at a map and could not fathom how anyone could be looking at the same map and conclude Mexico (just North of central America) was not part of N. America. My only conclusion was that it was a race/ethnicity based delineation.Looking at a map again, South Park is west of the Duwamish river and within Seattle city limits. So, no offense intended, it seems like it is part of West Seattle.If not, why not?

        • CAM May 16, 2023 (9:03 pm)

          No offense intended either. Nudged by the question I tried to find something that would tell me that South Park is or is not considered part of West Seattle. What I could find suggested that it is consistently referred to as “South Seattle” and grouped with Georgetown rather than West Seattle. I looked at the map and noticed that the streets all change from SW to S right there too. Also, and maybe this was the kicker, South Park was apparently its own town historically with their own elected officials and had disputes with Georgetown over water rights and things like that. They apparently had their own annexation votes internally. It seems like historical record would suggest they have tied themselves more geographically (or have been tied by others) to Georgetown than West Seattle. 

      • David May 16, 2023 (8:55 pm)

        Agree.  I’m 53 years old, born, raised and lived in West Seattle most of my life except for a few years in the Navy.  South Park was never considered part of West Seattle.  My deceased Dad grew up in South Park (1930’s – 50’s) and never considered it “West Seattle”!!!!

    • Wsmom May 16, 2023 (8:22 pm)

      I have never heard of South Park being part of West Seattle 

    • Rhonda May 16, 2023 (8:53 pm)

      Since, like, never.

      • Mike May 17, 2023 (11:38 am)

        This, exactly.  Born in Seattle over 46 years ago and it’s never been.

    • EJ May 16, 2023 (10:00 pm)

      I grew up here and never considered it West Seattle… like someone said it’s considered “South Seattle.”

  • rob May 16, 2023 (8:11 pm)

     well my wife an i are about to be priced out of our home here in arbor heights. The taxes  are to high for our fixed income. So maybe we can sell the house. then apply for the mayors low income housing .

  • Diane May 16, 2023 (9:39 pm)

    and zero senior housing anywhere in the city 

  • Plf May 17, 2023 (10:24 am)

    Maybe I’m not paying attention to details but nothing allocated to west Seattle and zero for our seniors makes me consider why I’m voting for and paying for the increase in taxes not next time

  • Gaslit May 17, 2023 (10:42 am)

    Someone please explain to me why residents of West Seattle should support these levies or continue to celebrate Jump Start. The district sees zero benefit in this case, and if anyone needs further evidence of Lisa Herbold’s fecklessness than I suggest you may not be paying attention. 

    • WSB May 17, 2023 (11:32 am)

      South Park may not be part of WS but it is in District 1. So yes, “the district” is getting something. Our PART of the district, no.

  • oldkrab May 17, 2023 (5:14 pm)

    Of course, this being WSB Comment Section —
    Should ‘our’ part of our officially designated West Seattle receive any Senior Living or Low Income housing funds, community ‘informational’ groups would be forming to oppose them in their areas as being “inappropriate” and driving down existing  home values.  
    Let’s not forget our omnipresent discussion of what is “affordable?”  
    Imagine the comments if Sea Mar were financed to build 78 units in our West Seattle?  
    Maybe swap sites with the proposed Aegis Senior Living on California Ave.?
    As it is,
    let me be the first with,

    “78  Units and how many Parking Spaces?
    South Park is already packed with parked cars, sometimes I can’t park directly in front of Loretta”s!”

  • Pauline May 17, 2023 (9:22 pm)

    And High Point has always been stated separately from the bigger part of West Seattle lol. If we look at it, there’s no space for development whereas South Park has bit more land especially near sea mar health clinic area/industrial areas near (concern for health overall!). I hope it’s not the place I grew up in (pink houses) immigrant and refugees families stay at…

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