Housing and Community Development
Welcome to the web site of the King County Housing and Community Development Program (HCD).
HCD's mission is threefold: (1) to create and preserve decent affordable housing; (2) to end homelessness; and (3) to make capital investments which improve the viability, livability, and economic stability of King County's communities, particularly low- and moderate-income communities outside the city of Seattle. Much of HCD's work is accomplished through our valuable partnerships with the community, such as non-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and suburban cities.
Within HCD, there are five programs that have specific roles in helping to accomplish the mission:
- The Housing Repair Program provides interest-free loan and emergency grant services directly to low- and moderate-income home owners in King County, outside the city of Seattle, to repair their homes and help preserve our region's stock of affordable housing. This program also provides grants to individual low-income renters with a disability to help make their housing more accessible.
- The Housing Finance Program funds the development of housing that is affordable to low-income and special needs households. Funds are provided to non-profit housing development organizations and public housing authorities in King County. If funds are available, the Housing Finance Program may also provide rental rehabilitation funds to private investor owners of rental housing, provided that they already own the housing units and agree to keep the housing affordable and in good condition in the future.
- The Homeless Housing Program funds organizations that provide homeless prevention services, emergency and transitional housing services, and permanent supportive housing for previously homeless households.
- The Affordable Housing Planning and Development Program prepares a variety of housing plans or strategies, including all federally-required housing plans as well as specific housing plans for special populations, such as people with developmental disabilities. This section also implements the County's development incentives programs, which are designed to encourage private developers to include affordable housing in their developments.
- The Community Development Program makes investments in our communities, such as improvements in community facilities that provide services, and public infrastructure projects, such as sewer and water quality improvement projects. This section also provides limited funding for selected human services programs. The goal of this section is to improve the quality of life for very low- to moderate-income residents of King County, outside the city of Seattle.
If you are homeless or at risk of homelessness and looking for assistance:
HousingSearchNW.org is a new web-based rental housing locator for King County. It is sponsored by Seattle, King County, the Public Housing Authorities, and the Rental Housing Association. It is free to both landlords and tenants. It is now available for tenant searches as well as property listings. Please try this great new resource.
The DCHS Disaster Planning, Response and Resources webpage is now available to provide easy access to a wide variety of information useful when a disaster has occurred or to help individuals and households be prepared for a disaster. It provides links to current conditions, emergency preparation, social services, shelter, damage assessment, housing, and home repair resources.
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