Demand for housing assistance at critical level
During the two-week period, which ended on April 18, KCHA received nearly 20,000 applications for rental assistance. The applications show that poverty and housing instability has increased dramatically in the region since the waiting list last opened in 2015. Data show that 60 percent of all applicants reported they were currently homeless, and increase from 47 percent in 2015; the number of households reporting no income from any source more than doubled, jumping from 12 percent in 2015 to 29 percent in 2017. Learn more about applicant characteristics.
KCHA adopts new sustainability plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and utility costs
The King County Housing Authority is a leader among housing authorities nationwide in its efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions
. We recently won a King County Green Globe award for our leadership in environmentally sustainable business practices and we are in the process of installing $22 million worth of energy efficiency improvements in our public housing. In 2012, KCHA was the first housing authority in the country to establish a resource conservation department and to begin working with local utilities to measure whole building energy consumption.
The Section 8 waiting list is closed
The Section 8 application waiting list closed at 4 p.m. on Apr. 18, 2017.
Stephen Norman affirms KCHA's commitment to diversity
In the face of a recent executive order banning refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from travelling to the U.S., KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman affirmed the agency’s values, starting with mutual respect and dialogue, in a letter to staff. “We will stay true to our mission to help the poorest and most vulnerable of our neighbors, to provide a better future for all children and families, to transform lives,” he wrote.
New multi-tier payment standards for Section 8 program now in effect