Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.
Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).
A new report shows rents are up in cities and metro areas across the country, as demand for apartments continue to exceed supply.
The average monthly apartment rent for the year’s second quarter was $1,099, up from $1,064 at the same time last year. The quarterly report from Reis, the real estate research firm, revealed that this was the 18th consecutive quarter of rent increases.
We interviewed two groups of people for our Game of Homes segment on sharing housing. The Pokhrels, featured in the story below, told us they couldn't imagine living apart. Joe Hiller, a resident of the Sherwood cooperative house in the University District, said he enjoys communal living.
This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For some, like the Pokhrel family, it’s about bunking together. Eleven family members share two apartments on Rainier Avenue in South Seattle.
As Seattle grows – it’s the fastest growing big city – more people will be looking for affordable housing within the city limits. We here at The Record have been documenting how people are figuring out affordable housing in our series, "Game of Homes."