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 sections that have specific roles in helping to accomplish the mission:
- The Home 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 Section 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. This section coordinates closely with King County's Business Revitalization and Economic Development Office to help fund certain economic development activities.
HCD Program Manager
2013 Income and Rent Guidelines: These rent levels go into effect at the time of lease renewal and for new leases. Please note the 2013 HOME rent limits begin June 1, 2013.
2012 Income, Rent and Home Affordability Guidelines
2012 Home Repair Income Guidelines
Application Form and Administrative Rules for Incentive Programs for Affordable Housing
JRC in a Nutshell: 2011 describes the Joint Recommendations Committee of the King County Housing and Community Development Consortium
King County Consortium Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan for 2010-2014 as amended.
2009 Housing and Community Development Annual Report
Homeless Housing and Services Fund Progress Report - Homeless Housing Act Document Recording Fees
The Public Involvement Guide describes the ways that the public can participate in the work of the King County Housing and Community Development Program.
The King County Post-Disaster Interim Housing Plan is a plan to help households with post-shelter housing needs in the wake of a disaster
Washington State Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards for Housing Development
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.
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.
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