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We want to understand what the housing environment looks like in Seattle. Are Seattleites living beyond their means? Are they finding affordable housing? Or are they getting creative in order to make housing more affordable?

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Game Of Homes: Leaving Seattle For The Cheaper Suburbs

May 30, 2014
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.

Game Of Homes: 11 People, Two Tiny Apartments

May 29, 2014
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

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.

KUOW/Kara McDermott

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

Game Of Homes: To Afford Seattle, Shrink Your Life

May 28, 2014
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."

'To Have A Place Where I Can Have Food'

May 27, 2014
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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 According to HUD, affordable housing means spending 30 percent or less of household income on housing. But an estimated 12 million households in the U.S. pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes.

We want to understand what that looks like in Seattle. Are Seattleites living beyond their means? Are they finding affordable housing? Or are they getting creative in order to make housing more affordable?