housing

Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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).

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Housing
7:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Rent Is On The Rise, In Spite Of Stagnant Income

A woman and child walk down a street in the Fort Greene neighborhood on February 27, 2014. Numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods, which were once considered dangerous and underdeveloped, have gone through transformations in recent years resulting in more affluent newcomers displacing long time residents. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:26 am

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.

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Rising Rents
3:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tenants: Know Your Legal Rights

Credit Flickr Photo/Will Merydith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with attorney Evan Loeffler, who specializes in landlord-tenant relations and real estate litigation, about what tenants can do to protect their financial interests.

Seattle Rental Market
2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Why Are Seattle Area Rents Skyrocketing?

Marcie Sillman talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar about what's driving the increase in Seattle area rental prices.

Community Living
10:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Peek Inside Seattle's Remaining Communes

Carol Anderson feeds one of the chickens. She bought the house with her former husband and then turned it into a collective. She gave the house, valued around $1 million, to the Evergreen Land Trust in 2009.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Four people live in a cozy home on Capitol Hill, which they call WOW, for Wild Old Women.

Or that’s what they used to call it; now they call it Wild Old Women And One Young Man, since a godson of one member joined a year ago.

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Housing
2:52 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Home, Food Or Health Care: A Choice Many Renters Can't Afford

As the number of renters in Los Angeles increases, construction of new apartments isn't keeping pace with demand, resulting in rents higher than many can afford.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 11:56 am

The mortgage crisis that devastated the economy has received endless attention, but it's not just homeowners who have suffered badly in this economy.

As of 2012, renters made up 35 percent of American households. Their numbers are growing, reversing a decades-long uptick in homeownership.

And in the past 50 years, the percentage of income they're spending on the rent has increased dramatically. A quarter of renters are spending more than half their income on rent.

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Flight Not Fight
2:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Game Of Homes: Leaving Seattle For The Cheaper Suburbs

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancee outside their three-bedroom home in North Bend, which she said is a lot more affordable than living in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For one family, finding a place to live within their means meant leaving the city altogether.

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancé fled to North Bend, a small town 35 miles east of Seattle. “Wow, there’s a lot of pine trees out here,” VanHorn said when the idea was first suggested.

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Housing
5:14 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Game Of Homes: 11 People, Two Tiny Apartments

The Pokhrel family moved to the U.S. from Bhutan.
Credit KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

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.

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Game Of Homes
1:06 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

What Seattleites Have To Say About Affordable Housing

Houseboats on Lake Union.
Credit Flickr Photo/PJMixer (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Affordable housing means spending 30 percent or less of household income on housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Game Of Homes
4:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Game Of Homes: To Afford Seattle, Shrink Your Life

Dave Martin stands outside his home in a trailer park on Lake City Way.
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

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."

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Game Of Homes
3:30 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'To Have A Place Where I Can Have Food'

David Allen and his dog Blade - 'the love of his life' - live at the Pat Williams Apartments, a subsidized housing complex.
Credit KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

The Census Bureau estimates Seattle grew faster than any other major American city last year. As more people move here, the pressure is on to find an affordable home.

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Civil Rights
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Read The Fine Print: Your Home May Have A Hidden Racist Past

Ross Reynolds speaks with James Gregory, director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington, about the history of racial exclusion in early 20th century housing covenants.

Housing
3:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

City Proposes New Rules For Building New Houses On Existing Lots

Instead of just one to a lot, some are trying to build multiple houses on one lot.
Flickr Photo/jseattle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Seattle homeowner Erin Miller and Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about proposed regulations for building additional new homes on small existing lots.

Real Estate
8:17 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes

File photo of condominiums in Portland's Pearl District

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 pm

New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.

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Seattle 2035
3:27 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Using Seattle's Comprehensive Plan To Find Housing For The Homeless

Ernestine Anderson Place is on the former site of Jimi Hendrix' childhood home.
Courtesy of the Low Income Housing Institute/Michael Walmsley

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, at Ernestine Anderson Place, an apartment house for homeless people in Seattle's Central District.

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