The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is a comprehensive strategy for addressing Seattle’s housing affordability crisis. HALA contains 65 recommendations aimed at increasing the city’s supply of both affordable and market-rate housing, increasing protections for vulnerable tenants and homeowners, and creating streamlined processes to reduce the time and cost of housing development.
The centerpiece of HALA is the city’s new Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program, which, for the first time in the Seattle’s history, will require developers to contribute to the city’s stock of affordable housing by either including rent-restricted homes in their projects or paying into a fund to build them nearby. In exchange, developers will receive additional capacity to build through zoning changes in urban villages across the city.
On September 12th, Mayor Murray unveiled plans for U District Urban Design—the first zoning change in Seattle that will activate the MHA program. Click here to learn more about plans to coordinate zoning changes that will create affordable housing with investments in things like social services, parks, sidewalks, bike lanes, and transit to make U District a better place to live.
Futurewise is partnering with Seattle for Everyone to ensure that HALA recommendations are implemented—including zoning changes throughout the city, starting with U District. Check out Seattle for Everyone’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest news and opportunities on how you can get involved to make a difference for a more affordable Seattle.