Housing

A place to get back on your feet

André Matthews has been thrown a few curveballs in life. When he was 5 years old, he left Jamaica and moved to Florida. He put himself through college, working full time and living in his car. Now he’s in Seattle, living at the Union Gospel Mission shelter and hunting for a job. According to the […]

/ August 15, 2019


From prison to paycheck

Building a life after prison is no easy task. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, formerly incarcerated people are almost ten times more likely to end up homeless, and they face an unemployment rate five times higher than the national average. FareStart is a Seattle organization looking to put a dent in those numbers locally. […]

/ August 9, 2019


Going back to work, and school, at 61

We sat down with Diane Nardi to to talk about the difficulty of going back to work (and school) at age 61. While she has stable housing now, Diane experienced homelessness in the past. That’s part of the reason she’d like to find a position helping other folks navigate housing and health resources. She’s planning […]

/ August 5, 2019


Working full-time while homeless

What does it take to hold down a job while struggling with unstable housing? And, is a job enough to find stability? Joey Pollitt is a longtime Seattleite. He had a place in Belltown for a decade, but lost it in 2005 after he was laid off from his recycling job. After that, Joey picked […]

/ August 5, 2019


One fix to Seattle’s housing crisis: Modular housing

MEET THESE CHANGEMAKERS: Aaron Holm and Nelson Del Rio are co-CEOs of Blokable, Inc. WHAT THEY’RE DOING: It’s no secret that housing in Seattle (and across the U.S.) is becoming increasingly unaffordable for many.  And there have been more than a few possible solutions proposed locally – backyard cottages! Big affordable housing investments! Upzoning! This week’s […]

/ March 21, 2019


Money in Seattle: How much do you need to live comfortably here?

There’s been lots of news coverage about income inequality in our city, but sometimes personal wealth still feels like it’s the elephant in the room. It can be uncomfortable to talk about how much we make and how much we spend — even when it’s in the bigger context of a discussion about how difficult […]

/ January 31, 2019


Why can’t Seattle just build more affordable housing on the extra land it owns?

We’re in the middle of a housing crisis. What’s keeping us from building on our surplus land? The oversimplified answer: Building housing is hard.

/ January 22, 2019


What should Seattle look like in 2030? We had local housing leaders weigh in

The one thing everyone agreed on: By 2030, Seattle is gonna need more housing. How to get there is a different question.

/ January 18, 2019


Zoning is the key to understanding Seattle housing. Here are the basics

Single-family zones? Mixed-use buildings? Upzones? Welcome to Seattle Zoning 101.

/ January 9, 2019