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Started in 1997, our Affordable Housing Program provides safe, secure, well-maintained affordable rental housing for low-income people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).

We currently own and manage 52 scattered-site, community-based, single-family rental properties located in King and Snohomish Counties serving more than 140 low-income people with IDDs, many of whom also have physical challenges.

Our single-family houses are rented as shared housing to three or four unrelated adults with IDDs and our condominium units are rented to one or two adults and, occasionally, small families with a child with an IDD.

Eligibility

Because our program specifically serves low-income people with IDDs, tenant eligibility is determined by the state Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). Please contact DDD Region 4 to find out if you or a member of your family is eligible for our program.

Accommodations

Although none of our condominiums are accessible, our single-family homes are typically one-story, rambler-style properties designed to meet the unique needs of our tenants. Special-needs accommodations include barrier-free rooms, accessible roll-in showers, wall-hung toilets and sinks, wide doorways and hallways, wood or vinyl flooring, protective wall coverings, sprinkler and fire alarm systems, exterior and interior wheelchair ramps, and other improvements that focus on efficiency, sustainability, and reducing maintenance, repair and operating costs.

Support

Rents are set at 30% of tenant gross incomes, no matter how low, including a utility allowance. In 2011, the average tenant rent was $215.00/month based upon an average gross income of $11,500/year.

Project- and Tenant-Based Section 8 rent subsidies are provided by five public housing authorities. Operating and capital subsidies are provided by various public funders, including the state Department of Commerce, City of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties, and the Federal Home Loan Bank.

On-site tenant supported-living services are funded by DDD and provided by other non-profit organizations that we work in close partnership with.
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