CHH Response to COVID-19, Updated 4/15

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CHH has made some temporary updates to on-site procedures

Following the guidance and recommendations of public health officials in response to the Coronavirus, we are taking proactive steps to limit interactions.

These steps include:
Walk-in office hours at the CHH main office in the 12th Ave Arts building will be closed to the public until further notice. The main office will still be receiving rent checks, packages, and correspondence, as well as answering voicemails and phones.
• Open office and walk-in hours for all site staff at CHH buildings have been postponed until further notice.
All site staff (site managers, maintenance, Resident Services) can still be reached by phone, email, or by appointment only.
• Only emergency repair work will continue to be performed by maintenance. All other non-emergency repair work will be suspended until further notice.
• All community events and resident gatherings have been postponed until further notice. Resident Services staff will be available by appointment, email, or phone only.
• Resident Services staff are still available by phone, email, and by appointment for resources and referrals. If you do not know the contact information for your Resident Services Coordinator, you can contact ResidentServices@capitolhillhousing.org or call (206) 556-3335.

For resident resources regarding the coronavirus, click here. The link includes a letter to residents and resources compiled as of April 15.

The health and safety of the community is our priority. Coronavirus is a developing situation, and at CHH we continue to follow the guidance of local public health officials in determining how we respond.

We will plan accordingly and provide updates as the situation develops.

Thank you for your patience and consideration.

CHH COVID 19 Resilience Fund (4/7/20 Update)

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has launched the CHH COVID-19 Resilience Fund to help residents and small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Learn more about it and donate now.

Read the press release.

Support for small businesses during COVID-19 (4/7/20 Update)

Help sustain businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Check out this list of businesses in CHH buildings across Seattle.

More information on COVID-19

For public health resources, visit the sites below:
King County Public Health – General Public Health Recommendations
King County Public Health – General Updates
King County Public Health – FAQ’s
King County – What to do if you are potentially exposed to Coronavirus
Anti-Stigma and Coronavirus

LGBTQ-Affirming Affordable Senior Housing Project

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Pike/Pine Corridor

Project Address: 1515-1519 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

SDCI Project Number: 3032647-EG

LGBTQ-Affirming Senior Housing – Conceptual Drawing by Environmental Works

Project Description:

The LGBTQ Senior Housing project will provide 125 LGBTQ-affirming, affordable homes for seniors in the heart of Capitol Hill. The new construction, a 79,821 square foot building, will include an LGBTQ senior community & health services center on the ground level operated by GenPRIDE, a non-profit dedicated to providing services to the LGBTQ senior population in Seattle. Over 4,800 square feet of commercial retail space along the Broadway street front will be included within the landmarked façade of the Eldridge Tire Company and an adjacent building. Nearly a dozen community groups that serve or represent the LGBTQ population have participated in the planning for the project to ensure the building provides amenities and design features specific to the LGBTQ senior community.

Amenities for residents include a community room, landscaped patio, bike storage, and access to specialty services provided by GenPRIDE and other community-based service providers. 

Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

Unit Mix and Income Levels:

The building includes 104 studio units and 21 one-bedroom units for seniors (age 55+) with incomes at 30%, 50% or 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). 

Seattle Office of Housing income qualifications are available here.

Funding Sources:

  • City of Seattle Office of Housing
  • King County
  • Washington State Housing Trust Fund
  • Sound Transit*
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Equity
  • Permanent Bonds
  • Rise Together Capital Campaign

*Sound Transit is providing substantial support to the project in the form of discounted land acquisition costs

Architect: Environmental Works

Contact Information:

For questions or comments about the project, contact Mason Cavell at 1515Broadway@capitolhillhousing.org (note: any information collected may be made public).

For information on GenPRIDE, visit their website at www.genprideseattle.org.

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A Win for Affordable Housing

From left to right, the executive leadership of Rise Together: Steve Daschle (Southwest Youth & Family Services), Andrea Caupain Sanderson (Byrd Barr Place), Chris Persons (CHH), Steven Knipp (GenPRIDE), Sili Savusa (White Center CDA) and Wyking Garrett (Africatown CLT).
Photo by Kiley Dhatt.

History was made this month as Seattle invested $110 million in affordable housing. This announcement marks the largest investment and the most affordable homes ever created in Seattle in one year. The funds will go toward countering the displacement of residents by constructing and redeveloping 1,944 affordable apartments. It’s no secret that the city has grown dramatically and quickly, a rate of change that has impacted low-income communities, families, and people experiencing homelessness.

The news is particularly exciting for Capitol Hill Housing, as the roster of investments includes two of the projects on which we’ve been working diligently. One of these projects, Africatown Plaza, will create affordable housing and a place to celebrate black culture in the Central District for the local African diaspora communities. The other project is Washington state’s first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior housing.

Capitol Hill Housing has been looking forward to working on the LGBTQ-affirming senior housing for some time now. It is with great joy therefore, that we announce GenPRIDE, our partner on the project, is also joining the Rise Together campaign and collaborative. With a mission to empower LGBTQ+ adults to live with pride and dignity, GenPRIDE will have offices on the ground floor of the building and will coordinate services, healthcare and community programs to support residents as well as the broader community of LGBTQ elders.

GenPRIDE and Executive Director Steven Knipp join Africatown Community Land Trust, Byrd Barr Place, Capitol Hill Housing, Southwest Youth & Family Services and the White Center Community Development Association in Rise Together, a collaborative capital campaign across the Central District, Capitol Hill, and White Center neighborhoods.

Born out of this recognition that our communities face extraordinary growth and a crisis of inequity, the Rise Together collaborative is raising $25 million in grants and donations. These funds will help build seven projects, including the senior LGBTQ housing & community center. Taken together, these projects will result in over 400 new affordable homes alongside space for human services, health care, community, and affordable retail for local business – all while leveraging the power of partnership to build capacity in each organization and neighborhood.

Station House – Now Leasing!

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Status as of 5/6/2020 at 9:00 AM: Please review the info below and fill out a short form for the remaining available apartment sizes, income limits and rent ranges per the table below. The short form of interest for 60% Area Median Income-eligible apartments is still open and available.  The form will close without notice.

A transit-oriented development in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Exterior view of Station House from the corner of John St & 10th Ave. in Seattle, WA

Station House features 110 affordable apartments co-located with the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It opened in March 2020.

Amenities:
• Studios, one-, two-and three-bedroom units
• Environmentally-friendly with LEED Platinum certification (learn more here!)
• Located at the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station (131 10th Ave E.)
• Rooftop deck
• Common laundry facilities on each floor
• Bicycle parking
• 1,400 square feet of community meeting space

See the flyer on Station House amenities and features in Amharic (አማርኛ), English, Simplified Chinese (简体中文), Somali (Soomaali), Spanish (Español), and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Want to live at Station House?

If you are interested in applying for an apartment at Station House, we recommend you carefully review the information on this page before filling out the form. Apartments have been available to move in starting March 2020.

If you are in search of housing beyond what is available here, please also see our apartment openings available from our current portfolio at Capitol Hill Housing.

Per the Governor’s Stay Healthy, Stay Home Order, affordable housing has been deemed an essential sector that can continue operations following the health and other guidance of government and public health officials.

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Key Dates

  • On January 7, 2020 at 9AM we opened a short form to express interest. This form started the application process for an apartment at Station House.
    • Apartments are available on a first come, first serve basis. Apartments are limited, cannot be guaranteed, and depend on applicant eligibility, see below.
    • Note: The form was available until the maximum number of applications were received.
    • The form was open from January 7th through January 14th. Please see the status update at the top of the page for more opportunities.
  • Starting March 6 at 9AM: the form was available again for applications limited to 60% Area Median Income limits and rent ranges, see the chart below in the Process section.
  • Starting May 6 at 9AM: the form is available again for applications limited to 60% Area Medium Income limits and rent ranges. Please see the chart below in the Process Section for more information. The form will close without notice.
  • March 2020 through June 2020: Apartments are available for tenants to move in now. Applicants should indicate at the pre-screening phone call whether they would like to move in after June for careful consideration.

Eligibility

Applicants are eligible based on their gross household income and number of people in the household. The chart below shows the maximum allowable income for different sized families for a studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom. See the chart in our flyer for detailed info on the income limits per household, number of apartments available, and rent ranges. See FAQ below for more information.


Process

Step 1: Submit a Form to Express Your Interest

  • Starting May 6 at 9AM: the form is available for applications for only the 60% Area Median Income limits and rent ranges in the chart below. The 30% and 50% apartments have been filled.
*Rent amounts are subject to change.

Please see the status box at the top of this page for the link to fill out the form to be considered for an apartment.

  • The form asks for the following:
    • Your first name and last name
      • A reliable phone number and email address. We will call you back via phone to start the prescreening process. If you require a special accommodation, please indicate from our available options on the form.
    • The apartment size you are interested in
    • How you heard about apartments at Station House

In keeping with the City’s “First in Time” ordinance, applicants will be called in the order in which they filled out the form. If you have not received a call back, it means that all apartments have been filled.

Step 2: Prescreening

  • If you receive a call back from one of our administrative assistants, they will ask you a series of questions to determine your eligibility for an apartment. Applicants should indicate at the pre-screening phone call whether they would like to move in after June for careful consideration.
  • *Pro-Tip: please note you might not recognize the number that is calling you back. In case we miss you, make sure that your voicemail box can accept messages and if you have a landline phone that does not have voicemail and you are not available, consider forwarding your phone to someone who can answer on your behalf.

Step 3: Set-up a virtual appointment or in-person, in needed, following health and hygiene guidance

  • Based on the results of your pre-screening, the administrative assistants will also set up a time for a virtual appointment or in-person appointment, if needed, following public health social distance and hygiene practices, to fill out eligibility paperwork. The administrative assistant will explain what documents will be needed for your appointment. This information is also available here.
  • You will be required to submit the following fees directly after the appointment: There will be a $52 application fee per adult in the household over the age of 18 and $200 apartment holding fee. If you do not qualify for an apartment, the $200 apartment holding fee will be refunded.

Step 4: Applicant Review

  • Due to the high volume of people interested in living at Station House, it can take up to three weeks for us to process your paperwork and verify your information.
    • If for some reason there is a problem with your application or you are missing information, you will have 72 hours to provide the correct information before we will move on to the next applicant in line. Additional time may be provided, as a result of COVID-19, if needed.

Step 5: Move-ins

  • If your application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a time to sign your lease electronically and set a move-in date and time. We are following public health social distance and hygiene practices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What information should I have ready before I apply?

You will be expected to bring documents that demonstrate how much money you (and everyone in your household) make as well as the value of any of your assets. A full list of items to have ready when you apply can be found online in a document called “What to bring when you apply

How much does it cost to apply?

As part of the application process we will run a background check. Background screening fees are $52 per person, over the age of 18 in your household. Once you have been approved for an apartment, an apartment holding fee of $200 will also be charged.

What are the credit requirements?

We do not look at your credit score when considering your application. However, we do look at your rental history including rent and utility payments.

I have a criminal history or poor rental history, is that a problem?

Poor rental history or a criminal record do not necessarily disqualify you from housing with Capitol Hill Housing. If you do not meet our rental housing policy standard, you may request an Individual Assessment (IA) of your criminal history, rental history, mortgage history or references. This IA will be conducted by a blind panel of staff to make a final determination of eligibility.

Learn more about our Individual Assessment Process online.

I am having trouble accessing the short form link since a previous person already filled out the form from this computer. What do I do?

If another person has previously filled out the short form on your web browser, you can enable private browsing on any web browser. See directions here (external link) for Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. If available, you can also try accessing the form from a different web browser not previously used.

What are you looking for on the criminal background check?

We screen for people who are listed on the sex offender registry for a conviction that occurred when the person was an adult. We also screen for people who have been convicted of the manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing.

Will I get to see the unit before I am accepted?

We anticipate having printed floor plans available electronically or virtually at the time of application processing to help you determine if the apartment is right for you. Once you are confirmed for eligibility the site manager can coordinate a time for you to see the apartment virtually or in-person.

Can I select a particular unit within the building?

We cannot guarantee any particular unit, but we will do our best to accommodate requests. Any requests for special features or needs in the apartment that are related to a disability must be verified by a healthcare provider or other qualified source.  

What if I want a larger or smaller apartment than what is offered to me?

Station House will consist of 41 studios, 44 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom and 7 three-bedroom apartments. We will do our best to accommodate requests; however, due to the limited number of varying size apartments available, our ability to accommodate these requests will be limited.

I was deemed ineligible in the screening process, but I think there has been a mistake. What can I do?

If you completed an application, the appeal process is outlined in your denial letter. Appeals must be submitted in writing. Unfortunately, we cannot hold an apartment while a decision is appealed.

How much money do I need to make to qualify for a unit?

All apartments at Station House have income minimums and maximums you must make to qualify for the building. 

  • 8 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 30% of the Area Median Income
  • 10 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 50% of the Area Median Income
  • 92 apartments will be available to households earning less than or equal to 60% of the Area Median Income

Anticipated Rent Ranges
Please note that rents are subject to change.

Type Apartments Size Range Rent Range
Studio 41 385-470 sq. ft. $551 – $1,132
One Bedroom 44 538-720 sq. ft. $587 – $1,210
Two Bedroom 18 743-969 sq. ft. $697 – 1,445
Three Bedroom 7 948-1,101 sq. ft. $783 – $1,646

Maximum Income Limits

Household Size 30% AMI 50% AMI 60% AMI
1 Person $23,250 $38,750 $46,500
2 People $26,550 $44,300 $53,150
3 People $29,900 $49,800 $59,800
4 People $33,200 $55,350 $66,400
5 People $35,850 $59,600 $71,750
6 People $38,500 $64,200 $77,050
7 People $41,200 $68,650 $82,350

Can I be put on a waitlist ahead of time?

There is no waitlist for this project. All vacancies will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

If I am approved to live at the Station House Building, when should I give notice to my landlord?

Once you have a scheduled a move-in date, you should check with your current landlord about the appropriate time to give notice. Do not give notice before you have a scheduled move-in date.

Can I smoke in the apartment or building?

No, Station House is a smoke-free property.


Documents & Links

Maplet shows Station House located at the corner of 10th and E. John St. in Seattle, WA.

These documents may help answer some of your questions.

With Building Renovations, Residents Come First

CHH residents tour new homes at Vulcan Properties. Photo courtesy of Allen Skytta.

Three Capitol Hill Housing properties are undergoing serious rehab right now. When the 55 residents of these buildings learned that this would mean moving temporarily, many were anxious. When Vulcan Real Estate took folks on tours of their new, though temporary, homes, those fears seemed to fade.

In partnership with CHH property management, Vulcan held separate resident meetings to introduce folks to their new buildings. Putting financial goals aside, Vulcan was eager to hear resident concerns and assisted management with walk-throughs, showing amenities such as rooftop gardens and state-of-the-art community rooms. Most important, residents were able to remain in their communities – many are long-term residents with CHH.

It is essential that as we build new and repair existing buildings, residents come first. CHH is proud to partner with Vulcan Properties in living this value.

Update to provide background:
By a complex refinancing of El Nor, Ponderosa, and 18th Ave, CHH has been able to obtain $140,000 per apartment toward improvements, allowing us to reinvest in maintaining them as quality homes. Work includes substantial seismic upgrades, new roofs, windows, siding, flooring, kitchens and baths. This work will have a long-term impact on the assets and residents’ lives.

Omnivorous 2019 gathers 300+ in support of affordable housing

Che Sehyun shares about his family’s great experience living in the Liberty Bank Building while raising his son and daughter, with his partner Nijuana Chardonnay.
Photo by Mike Nakamura.

Dear Friends –

On Thursday, October 10, more than 300 members of Capitol Hill Housing’s community filled Washington Hall to support the critical work of CHH while enjoying the rich variety of cuisine donated by 25 of central Seattle’s finest bars and restaurants.

The evening was a wonderful success.

In a brief and passionate program we heard from CEO Chris Persons about Capitol Hill Housing’s work with partners across Seattle. Ashley Thomas, Senior Manager of Resident Services, emphasized that housing for low income families must be coupled with comprehensive services. We met Che Sehyun and his family, residents of the new Liberty Bank Building, and learned how their new affordable home in the Central District has made it possible to live and thrive in Seattle. And Chef Shota Nakajima of Adana shared that the diversity of Capitol Hill is what inspires him every day.

We entered the room with a goal of raising $205,000. With the support of our large and generous community, we raised more than $240,000 for CHH’s programs and services, representing more than 20% growth over last year. From everyone at CHH, we extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the donors, guests, sponsors, restaurants, speakers, volunteers and staff who made Omnivorous 2019 a smashing success!

It’s not too late to join us! If you weren’t able to make it but would like to make a donation to support our work, please do so here:

Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home

Every donation made at Omnivorous goes towards Capitol Hill Housing’s work to foster vibrant, equitable communities where everyone has access to safe, affordable, and welcoming homes.

P.S. As Chris Persons noted in his speech, we are reaching the end of our re-naming process. We are asking YOUR help in determining the new name of our organization. Please visit www.surveyURL.com to weigh in with your thoughts on the eight finalists. Survey closes Monday, October 14, at midnight.

Thank you to all the participating restaurants

Adana, Aluel Cellars, Ba BarCafé Pettirosso, Caffe Vita, Full Tilt Ice CreamHello Robin, Heritage Distilling Company, L’Oursin, Lionhead, Marjorie, Nuflours BakeryOOLA Distillery Optimism Brewing Company, Plenty of Clouds, Poquitos, queer/barRachel’s Ginger Beer, Revolver Bar, Rumba, SmithSoiThat Brown Girl Cooks!, The Tin Table, and Via Tribunali.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS!

King Salmon Sponsor

Hama Hama Sponsors


Chanterelle Sponsors

Beneficial State BankBlanton Turner, Colliers McKay Chhan WayneEnterprise Community PartnersEnvironmental Works, Kaiser PermanenteMBE Law GroupPacifica Law GroupPyramid Communications, Walsh Construction, Weinstein A + U

Fiddlehead Fern Sponsors


Cloud Room, Geotech Consultants, Hainsworth Laundry CompanyHSBC BankMithunSeattle Central CollegeSMR ArchitectsWeber Thompson

Media Sponsor

Venue Sponsor

Take our Name Testing Survey!

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) is ready to select a new name for our organization – and we want your input!

CHH has grown and changed so much in our more than 40 years of service. With your support, we’ve been able to transform alongside our region, building stronger partnerships and expanding housing options with 49 affordable apartment buildings across the greater Seattle area. To meet today’s affordable housing needs, and lead equitable change into the future, we need a name that reflects who – and where – we are now as an organization.

This summer we asked our community of supporters to submit their ideas for a new name. And we’ve done some creative work ourselves. We’ve narrowed down to a list of eight potential names, and we’d like to know what you think of them.

Take 5 minutes to fill out our online survey and let us know which name(s) you think fits.

Survey closes at midnight on Monday, October 14.

Thank you for your dedicated support. We’re grateful to lead this transformational work with you.

Press Release: Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting March 23rd

Three more days before our Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Liberty Bank Building!

Click here for our joint press release out (external link to Liberty Bank Building website) on the Ribbon Cutting Event for the newly-open building this Saturday March 23rd 11AM-2PM. See the press release for particulars on the village that helped make this building happen, and other exciting details.

RSVP for the event at http://bit.ly/lbb-2019.

Winter Storm Office Closure

Due to snow, the Capitol Hill Housing office is closed on Monday, February 11.

As possible, site staff are working at the apartment buildings and clearing snow from walkways. Many office staff are working remotely, so you may be able to contact them via email.

For CHH residents, please see this letter from Capitol Hill Housing’s Property Management for building information and winter weather tips.

For emergencies, please call the emergency line at: 206-204-8777.