housing

Housing
8:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting Foreclosure: Home Is Where The Bank Says It Is

Natalie Johnson in front of her new home.
KUOW Photo/Kendra Hanna

Natalie Johnson and her family lived in their rental home in Edmonds, Wash., for seven years. It was the longest they had lived anywhere.

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Homeless Resource Fair
8:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

Volunteer Anne Walton clips Calvin Smith's toenails at the United Way's Resource Exchange for the homeless at Seattle Center.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

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Underwater Mortgages
9:19 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Foreclosure Crisis? Seattle's Numbers Don't Add Up

Distressed homeowners and housing advocates testify before the Seattle City Council.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A correction and  further information on the story 9/14/2013:

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Ask Your Housing Questions
9:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Clint Dempsey, Diplomatic Relations Between Russia And US, And Housing Questions Answered

Clint Dempsey Joins The Sounders
Fans of Seattle soccer were treated to a welcome surprise at the start of Saturday's game against Dallas. Clint Dempsey, captain of the US Men's National Team and player for Tottenham in England announced he would be joining the Seattle Sounders. We talk with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor of Prost Amerika Soccer about what this means for the MLS and the Sounders.

Understanding US-Russian Relations
The diplomatic relationship between Russia and the United States was strained long before President Vladimir Putin granted a one year asylum to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. Dr. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University, explains the long history and current conflict between the two nations.

Your Housing Questions Answered
Puget Sound housing prices are on the rise. Mortgage rates continue to be historically low. What does that mean when it comes to your living situation. Should you buy a house? Should you sell your house? Should you refinance? When is it wiser to stay renting? Two housing experts are on hand to answer your specific questions.  Call us at 206.543.5869 or 1.800.289.5869.

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Homelessness
11:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle's Nickelsville Residents Try To Find New Homes

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1. The city voted down legislation to expand areas for similar homeless campsites. But the City Council has provided $500,000 to relocate Nickelsville residents into permanent shelters and emergency housing.

Mike Johnson is special projects director for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and he's working on the resettlement of Nickelsville residents. He tells Ross Reynolds about how the move is going.

Skyrocketing Rent
9:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

America's Economy, Seattle's Rents, And Nancy Pearl's Picks

Flickr Photo/Rennett Stowe


President Obama On The Economy 
President Obama is at Knox College in Illinois today to deliver the first of six speeches on the country's economy, part of an “economic conversation with Americans” over the next two months. While no new sweeping proposals are expected, the President does hope to gain public support ahead of fiscal deadlines coming in the fall. We talk with Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek about what we can expect to hear.

Nancy Pearl Recommends
Book commentator Nancy Pearl stops by to recommend summer reading. She says readers should check out, "Winner of the National Book Award," by Jincy Willett. Also by Jincy Willett, "Jenny and the Jaws of Life," and "Amy Falls Down." Nancy also recommends "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.   

What's Raising Rents In Seattle?
Seattle has added nearly 2,000 apartments this year, but rents have gone up. The average renter in King and Snohomish counties now pays $1,190 dollars a month, a 5.8 percent increase over the past year. So what’s driving the skyrocketing rent prices? We talk with Glenn Crellin of the University of Washington’s Runstad Center For Real Estate Studies.

Cheap Rentals
12:22 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Shh! Secret Tips For Finding Affordable Housing In Seattle

The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Seattle is above $1,100, up almost six percent from 2012 according to online rental community Apartment Ratings. As rates continue to rise, finding affordable housing is getting harder and harder. Ross Reynolds chats with Tim Ellis, founder of local real estate news resource, the Seattle Bubble Blog, about where to find affordable housing in Seattle.

HUD Study
11:03 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Is Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples Happening Here?

  A new national study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that same-sex couples are discriminated against in the rental housing market. Researchers sent two emails inquiring about a rental property: one posing as a gay couple, the other as a straight couple. We spoke to a senior official at the department of Housing and Urban Development about what these results show. David Hyde hears from Edlira Kuka from Solid Ground, a nonprofit that focuses on housing and homeless prevention, on what to do if you face this kind of discrimination.

Housing Development
11:54 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Apodments: Affordable Housing Or Flawed Developments?

The Seattle City Council is considering a moratorium on apodments, the tiny rental units with shared kitchens that have been cropping up around town. Critics complain that apodment developers are able to avoid environmental and design review.

At issue is a loophole in the city land-use code. In Seattle a single-dwelling unit is defined in large part by whether or not it has a kitchen, and a building with nine kitchens triggers a design review. That means buildings with dozens of apartments, but only seven or eight kitchens, are able to avoid review.

Apodment supporters say the bottom line is, more cheap apartments are needed. Ross Reynolds talks design and development of apodments with listeners.

Urban Development
7:29 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Goodbye Greyhound, Hello Huge Hotel

Pastor Joanne Engquist of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which provides low-income housing across the street from the proposed hotel site.
Liz Jones KUOW

A new mega-hotel proposed for downtown Seattle aims to draw more big conventions to the city. The developer posted its official public notice with the city Thursday, as a first step in the approval process. The proposal is to build a 43-story tower on the block that’s currently home to the Greyhound bus station.

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Yesler Terrace Series
6:48 am
Mon March 25, 2013

After 40 Years In Yesler Terrace, One Resident Looks To The Future

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings.
KUOW Photo/Dominic Black

Kristin O'Donnell loves meetings. "Absolutely my hobby. I do enjoy meetings," she tells me over a cup of tea in the Panama Hotel. Meetings, she says, offer a way to affect change in her community. And besides, she likes to put on a show. "To a large extent community organizing is theater; it works just often enough that I'm hooked."

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Apartments And Density
1:13 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Microhousing: Small Spaces Raise Big Questions

Micro-housing under construction on Capitol Hill.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Dane Corrida works as a hotel manager for a luxury cruise line based in Seattle. He owns a house on Capitol Hill, but since he spends most of his time working on the boats, he rents it out. If he has a couple of weeks off here and there, he can usually charm a friend or two into letting him couch surf.

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Housing Market
11:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Housing Prices Climb In Seattle, But Have They Climbed All The Way To Recovery?

Zillow Cheif Economist Stan Humphries.
Twitter Profile Photo

Seattle homes are now worth 14.4 percent more than they were a year ago. That’s according to Seattle based real estate firm Zillow, who release monthly reports on the value of homes in Seattle and elsewhere in the region. On the national level, the US has just made it through our 12th straight month of increasing home values. Top Zillow officials say that these numbers are a good indicator that local and national housing markets are showing significant improvements. Ross Reynolds talks with Zillow's Cheif Economist Stan Humphries about buying, selling and renting in western Washington.

Sequestration Gridlock
4:05 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequestration Suspends King County Housing Vouchers

The King County Housing Authority has stopped issuing new Section 8 vouchers. The program is federally subsidized through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The move is a result of the impending reduction in those funds due to sequestration.

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Section 8 Lottery
7:44 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Scam Websites Target Applicants To Seattle’s Low-Income Housing

Credit Seattle Housing Authority

Watch out for scammers. That’s Seattle Housing Authority’s warning to people who are going online this week to apply for the city’s Section 8 housing lottery.  Agency officials caution that some misleading sites have been set up to  trick people into submitting their personal information to the wrong place.

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