History was made this month as Seattle invested $110 million in affordable housing. This announcement marks the largest investment and the most affordable homes ever created in Seattle in one year. The funds will go toward countering the displacement of residents by constructing and redeveloping 1,944 affordable apartments. It’s no secret that the city has grown dramatically and quickly, a rate of change that has impacted low-income communities, families, and people experiencing homelessness.
The news is particularly exciting for Capitol Hill Housing, as the roster of investments includes two of the projects on which we’ve been working diligently. One of these projects, Africatown Plaza, will create affordable housing and a place to celebrate black culture in the Central District for the local African diaspora communities. The other project is Washington state’s first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior housing.
Capitol Hill Housing has been looking forward to working on the LGBTQ-affirming senior housing for some time now. It is with great joy therefore, that we announce GenPRIDE, our partner on the project, is also joining the Rise Together campaign and collaborative. With a mission to empower LGBTQ+ adults to live with pride and dignity, GenPRIDE will have offices on the ground floor of the building and will coordinate services, healthcare and community programs to support residents as well as the broader community of LGBTQ elders.
Born out of this recognition that our communities face extraordinary growth and a crisis of inequity, the Rise Together collaborative is raising $25 million in grants and donations. These funds will help build seven projects, including the senior LGBTQ housing & community center. Taken together, these projects will result in over 400 new affordable homes alongside space for human services, health care, community, and affordable retail for local business – all while leveraging the power of partnership to build capacity in each organization and neighborhood.
Status as of 1/28/20 8:00 AM: We are continuing to call applicants back in the order the online form was received. Due to the high volume of people interested in living at Station House, this is still an ongoing process. We will continue to provide updates as needed. If the timeline for Station House move-ins March through June does not work with your housing needs, please see this list of our current apartment openings.
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About Station House A transit-oriented development in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood
Station House features 110 affordable apartments co-located with the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It is anticipated to open in March 2020.
If you are interested in applying for an apartment at Station House, we recommend you carefully review the information on this page before filling out the form. Apartments are available to move in starting March 2020 and no later than June 2020. If you are in search of housing before March 2020 or after June 2020, please see our apartment openings available from our current portfolio.
Applicants are eligible based on their gross household income and number of people in the household. The chart below shows the maximum allowable income for different sized families for a studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom. See thechart in our flyer for detailed info on the income limits per household, number of apartments available, and rent ranges. See FAQ below for more information.
Starting at 9:00 AM on January 7, 2020, an online form was made available here.The form asks for the following:
Your first name and last name
A reliable phone number and email address. We will call you back via phone to start the prescreening process. If you require a special accommodation, please indicate from our available options on the form.
The apartment size you are interested in
How you heard about apartments at Station House
The form is now closed. It was open from January 7th through January 14th. Please see the status update at the top of the page for more opportunities.
In keeping with the City’s “First in Time” ordinance, applicants will be called in the order in which they filled out the form. If you have not received a call back, it means that all apartments have been filled.
Step 2: Prescreening
If you receive a call back from one of our administrative assistants, they will ask you a series of questions to determine your eligibility for an apartment.
*Pro-Tip: please note you might not recognize the number that is calling you back. In case we miss you, make sure that your voicemail box can accept messages and if you have a landline phone that does not have voicemail and you are not available, consider forwarding your phone to someone who can answer on your behalf.
Step 3: Set-up an in-person appointment
Based on the results of your prescreening, the administrative assistants will also set up a time for an in-person appointment to fill out eligibility paperwork. The administrative assistant will explain what documents to bring to your appointment, which are also available here.
You will be required to bring the following fees to the appointment: There will be a $52 application fee per adult in the household over the age of 18 and $200 apartment holding fee. If you do not qualify for an apartment, the $200 apartment holding fee will be refunded.
Step 4: Applicant Review
Due to the high volume of people interested in living at Station House, it can take up to three weeks for us to process your paperwork and verify your information.
If for some reason there is a problem with your application or you are missing information, you will have 72 hours to provide the correct information before we will move on to the next applicant in line.
Step 5: Move-ins
If your application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a time to sign your lease and set a move-in date and time between March 2020 and no later than June 2020.
information should I have ready before I apply?
You will be expected to bring documents that demonstrate how much
money you (and everyone in your household) make as well as the value of any of
your assets. A full list of items to have ready when you apply can be found online
in a document called “What
to bring when you apply”
does it cost to apply?
As part of the application process we will run a background check. Background screening fees are $52 per person, over the age of 18 in your household. Once you have been approved for an apartment, an apartment holding fee of $200 will also be charged.
the credit requirements?
We do not look at your credit score when considering your
application. However, we do look at your rental history including rent and
I have a
criminal history or poor rental history, is that a problem?
Poor rental history or a criminal record do not necessarily
disqualify you from housing with Capitol Hill Housing. If you do not meet our
rental housing policy standard, you may request an Individual Assessment (IA)
of your criminal history, rental history, mortgage history or references. This
IA will be conducted by a blind panel of staff to make a final determination of
I am having trouble accessing the short form link since a previous person already filled out the form from this computer. What do I do?
If another person has previously filled out the short form on your web browser, you can enable private browsing on any web browser. See directions here (external link) for Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. If available, you can also try accessing the form from a different web browser not previously used.
you looking for on the criminal background check?
We screen for people who are listed on the sex offender registry
for a conviction that occurred when the person was an adult. We also screen for
people who have been convicted of the manufacture or production of methamphetamine
on the premises of federally assisted housing.
Will I get
to see the unit before I am accepted?
Unfortunately, no. The construction of the building will not be completed until March 2020 so you will not be able to view an apartment during the application process or before you sign a lease. We anticipate having printed floor plans available at the time of application processing to help you determine if the apartment is right for you.
select a particular unit within the building?
We cannot guarantee any particular unit, but we will do our best
to accommodate requests. Any requests for special features or needs in the
apartment that are related to a disability must be verified by a healthcare
provider or other qualified source.
What if I
want a larger or smaller apartment than what is offered to me?
Station House will consist of 41 studios, 44 one-bedroom
apartments, 18 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom apartments. We will do our best
to accommodate requests; however, due to the limited number of varying size
apartments available, our ability to accommodate these requests will be
deemed ineligible in the screening process, but I think there has been a
mistake. What can I do?
If you completed an application, the appeal process is outlined in
your denial letter. Appeals must be submitted in writing. Unfortunately, we
cannot hold an apartment while a decision is appealed.
money do I need to make to qualify for a unit?
All apartments at Station House have income minimums and maximums
you must make to qualify for the building.
8 apartments will be available to households
earning less than or equal to 30% of the Area Median Income
10 apartments will be available to households
earning less than or equal to 50% of the Area Median Income
92 apartments will be available to households
earning less than or equal to 60% of the Area Median Income
Anticipated Rent Ranges Please note that rents are subject to change.
385-470 sq. ft.
$551 – $1,132
538-720 sq. ft.
$587 – $1,210
743-969 sq. ft.
$697 – 1,445
948-1,101 sq. ft.
$783 – $1,646
Maximum Income Limits
Can I be
put on a waitlist ahead of time?
There is no waitlist for this project. All vacancies will be
filled on a first come, first serve basis.
If I am
approved to live at the Station House Building, when should I give notice to my
Once you have a scheduled a move-in date, you should check with
your current landlord about the appropriate time to give notice. Do not give notice before you have a
scheduled move-in date.
Three Capitol Hill Housing properties are undergoing serious rehab right now. When the 55 residents of these buildings learned that this would mean moving temporarily, many were anxious. When Vulcan Real Estate took folks on tours of their new, though temporary, homes, those fears seemed to fade.
In partnership with CHH property management, Vulcan held separate resident meetings to introduce folks to their new buildings. Putting financial goals aside, Vulcan was eager to hear resident concerns and assisted management with walk-throughs, showing amenities such as rooftop gardens and state-of-the-art community rooms. Most important, residents were able to remain in their communities – many are long-term residents with CHH.
It is essential that as we build new and repair existing buildings, residents come first. CHH is proud to partner with Vulcan Properties in living this value.
Update to provide background: By a complex refinancing of El Nor, Ponderosa, and 18th Ave, CHH has been able to obtain $140,000 per apartment toward improvements, allowing us to reinvest in maintaining them as quality homes. Work includes substantial seismic upgrades, new roofs, windows, siding, flooring, kitchens and baths. This work will have a long-term impact on the assets and residents’ lives.
On Thursday, October 10, more than 300 members of Capitol Hill Housing’s community filled Washington Hall to support the critical work of CHH while enjoying the rich variety of cuisine donated by 25 of central Seattle’s finest bars and restaurants.
The evening was a wonderful success.
In a brief and passionate program we heard from CEO Chris Persons about Capitol Hill Housing’s work with partners across Seattle. Ashley Thomas, Senior Manager of Resident Services, emphasized that housing for low income families must be coupled with comprehensive services. We met Che Sehyun and his family, residents of the new Liberty Bank Building, and learned how their new affordable home in the Central District has made it possible to live and thrive in Seattle. And Chef Shota Nakajima of Adana shared that the diversity of Capitol Hill is what inspires him every day.
We entered the room with a goal of raising $205,000. With the support of our large and generous community, we raised more than $240,000 for CHH’s programs and services, representing more than 20% growth over last year. From everyone at CHH, we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the donors, guests, sponsors, restaurants, speakers, volunteers and staff who made Omnivorous 2019 a smashing success!
It’s not too late to join us! If you weren’t able to make it but would like to make a donation to support our work, please do so here:
Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home
Every donation made at Omnivorous goes towards Capitol Hill Housing’s work to foster vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to safe, affordable, and welcoming homes.
P.S. As Chris Persons noted in his speech, we are reaching the end of our re-naming process. We are asking YOUR help in determining the new name of our organization. Please visit www.surveyURL.com to weigh in with your thoughts on the eight finalists. Survey closes Monday, October 14, at midnight.
Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) is ready to select a new name for our organization – and we want your input!
CHH has grown and changed so much in our more than 40 years of service. With your support, we’ve been able to transform alongside our region, building stronger partnerships and expanding housing options with 49 affordable apartment buildings across the greater Seattle area. To meet today’s affordable housing needs, and lead equitable change into the future, we need a name that reflects who – and where – we are now as an organization.
This summer we asked our community of supporters to submit their ideas for a new name. And we’ve done some creative work ourselves. We’ve narrowed down to a list of eight potential names, and we’d like to know what you think of them.
Take 5 minutes to fill out our online survey and let us know which name(s) you think fits.
Three more days before our Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Liberty Bank Building!
Click here for our joint press release out (external link to Liberty Bank Building website) on the Ribbon Cutting Event for the newly-open building this Saturday March 23rd 11AM-2PM. See the press release for particulars on the village that helped make this building happen, and other exciting details.