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

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.

Key DatesEligibilityThe ProcessFAQDocuments & Links

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.

PDA Board Committees – Meeting Change Notices

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Property Development Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, June 2nd from 3:30-4:30pm. The meeting will now be entirely electronic and take place at
2:30-3:30pm. The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH Property Development Committee Meeting
Time: Jun 2, 2020 03:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Property Operations Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Malden Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, June 2nd from
3-4pm to now be entirely electronic. The meeting information is below. 

Topic: Property Operations Committee Meeting
Time: June 2, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Finance & Asset Management Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Malden Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, June 2nd from 4-5pm to now be entirely electronic. The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH PDA Board Finance & Asset Management Committee Meeting
Time: Jun 2, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the June Board Meeting, scheduled to be held in the Pike Pine Room at the 12th Ave Arts Building at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98122 on Monday, June 8th from 5:30-7:30pm to now be entirely electronic. The meeting information is below. 

Topic: CHH PDA June Board Meeting
Time: Jun 8, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Top of the Town Goes Virtual

Capitol Hill Housing invites you to join us on the evening of June 25 for a virtual Top of the Town. This year the event will look a little different: Instead of holding it at the wonderful Hotel Sorrento as we have for the past decade, we are moving the event online. Historically, Top of the Town has been an exclusive event with a limited number of seats available. This year, as a result of hosting the event virtually, we are excited to be able to open registration to an unlimited number of guests. For the first time in over a decade of holding this event, Top of the Town is open to everyone with an interest in affordable housing and equitable development.

Although we are saddened that will we not be able to see everyone in person, we know this unprecedented situation has had much larger impacts on the daily lives of our neighbors. We are in the business of building homes, and our neighbors need our dedicated, focused support more than ever. Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

PDA Board Committees – Meeting Change Notices

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Executive Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, May 26th from
5:00-6:30pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH PDA Executive Committee Meeting
Time: May 26, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Joint Board Development Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Wednesday, May 27th from 4-5pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below. 

Topic: CHH Joint Board Development Committee Meeting
Time: May 27, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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The Capitol Hill Housing Board will hold a meeting of the Audit Committee on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 pm. The meeting will be held electronically.  The meeting information is below. 

Topic: CHH PDA Audit Committee Meeting
Time: Jun 25, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Mental Health During COVID-19

Muguette Guenneguez is the executive director of NAMI Seattle, an affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. Muguette sat down with us to talk about mental health in the time of COVID-19 and her collaboration with the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict.

“There are no words to describe how impacted our communities have been by this crisis, from the youngest people to the oldest people,” Muguette said. “What is going to be normal? You don’t know. This uncertainty is taking a toll on everyone, and we want to be there for the community to offer support. We have trainings, workshops that we have available online for people and businesses for them to offer support to their staff, their colleagues.”

Muguette works to support her community every day, designing next steps and coordinating efforts to connect people with resources. Later this month, she will join the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict for their Community Tea series to promote ways individuals can take care of themselves during this crisis.

“I don’t have all the answers, but I think we need to shield our children from some of the information out there – maybe we need to shield ourselves from some of the information out there too,” Muguette said. “Take ten minutes to catch up on the news, and then walk away. Eat balanced diets; refrain from drinking too much. Connect with friends and family.”

Muguette also encourages families to make the most of this time together.

“Some families enjoy cooking together, some families enjoy playing board games together, some families enjoy watching movies together. Whatever it is, do it together,” Muguette said. “I would also say that it’s important to have those conversations with parents, friends, people you cannot see. It’s important to keep those relationships going. It’s also important to do the things that centered you before – whether it was meditation, whether it was praying – continue doing it within the confine of your home, if possible. Myself, I love to garden. Anytime I have a free moment, I rush to the garden because this is where I love to be. People have to do what’s best for them.”

NAMI was started in 1979 by Eleanor Owen. Today, 41 years later, it is an association with more than 800 affiliates. NAMI Seattle works in three focused areas: educating communities, offering support to those dealing with mental illness, and advocacy.

“Advocacy is quite important because in raising awareness and supporting people, we need our elected officials and the community at large to know how important it is to support all community members who are dealing with mental illness,” Muguette said. “People with mental illness can lead, actually do lead, very successful and fulfilling lives, but they need the support of the community for that to happen.”

NAMI Seattle has a variety of support groups that meet throughout the Seattle area. There are peer-to-peer groups; support groups for family members; and groups that highlight the voices, stories, and lived experiences of those who have mental illnesses.

“That people are talking about these issues, that might be the silver lining of this pandemic,” Muguette said. “They’re not necessarily saying the words ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety,’ but you can tell that this has affected them in a very emotional way. This is not the way we would have hoped to start the conversation, but we will take it from there.”

CHHF Board Gets New President

Margaret Pak Enslow has been appointed the new president of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Board. Margaret has been on the CHHF Board since 2015, and she was formerly the vice president of the board.

How did you get involved with Capitol Hill Housing?
I live in Capitol Hill, and I knew Capitol Hill Housing by reputation as a great organization; I was always hearing a lot of good things about it. At the time, I was involved in this organization called the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, and after collaborating with CHH on an event, I got more involved with Capitol Hill Housing and was invited to join the Foundation Board.

Affordable housing is obviously a prevalent issue in this city and many others, but what made you get involved with this particular issue and organization?
Housing and education are really important to me. I moved around a lot as a kid, and I always thought my dad just liked to move. That’s how I interpreted all the moving. But as I became older, I realized it wasn’t that. My dad didn’t like to move. Really what it came down to was, my parents were renters, and they were always trying to find cheaper rent in a good public school district. So we were always moving because of housing insecurity, and as an adult, I finally understood what was happening in retrospect. So housing is just very important to me, and Capitol Hill Housing is amazing because I know people who are residents there, and they don’t have to worry about their housing. They can focus on their family.

So your parents were always trying to find good public schools, and you became a lawyer. Can you talk about that journey?
Well, I always wanted to be a teacher, but my parents were like, “Oh, no, no, no, teachers don’t get paid enough money; you cannot be a teacher.” So I became a lawyer, which I enjoy very much, and then I also teach at Seattle Central. But yeah, my parents always emphasized education. As many immigrants do, my parents sought better opportunities for their children. So even though we were moving around a lot and didn’t have that stability, there was always this focus on getting a good education. In fact, that’s why we were moving so much.

So housing and education are inextricably linked for you.
Yeah, they are.

What do you see as the biggest housing issues facing Seattle?
I think it’s just getting more units. We need to get more units in the hands of affordable housing groups like Capitol Hill Housing.

What goals do you have as board president?
I feel so lucky because we have an amazing Foundation staff. I, as a lawyer, and as someone who did commercial litigation, am very goal-oriented, very capitalist mindset – I have learned a lot about how to just be open and trust the staff. When I have a very predictable question like “when is it gonna happen? What’s the cost-benefit analysis?” I really resist that because what I’ve learned over the years of being involved with this organization is that they really are doing things in a thoughtful way. That is critical when you’re dealing with people’s housing. So maximum efficiency is not the goal here. Even though I do wish for more affordable housing units, we can’t do it in a way that’s counterproductive with the goals of affordable housing. So my goal is really to support the staff, to offer my perspective, and really just support the mission work that we do.

Station House Apartments Available

Applicants can still submit a short form of interest for Station House apartments in the 60% Area Median Income limits and rent ranges. Previously, apartments were also available at the 30% and 50% Area Median Income levels; however, these have now been filled. To find out more about eligibility and the leasing process, follow the link below.

CHH PDA Board Committee – Special Meeting Notice

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has called a special meeting of the
Property Development Committee, scheduled to be held electronically on Monday, May 11th from 9:30-10:30am.  The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH Property Development Committee – Special Meeting
Time: May 11, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Thank you,
Capitol Hill Housing

PDA Board & Committees – Meeting Change Notices

Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the May Board Meeting, scheduled to be held in the Pike Pine Room at the 12th Ave Arts Building at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 206, Seattle, WA 98122 on Monday, May 11th from 5:30-7:30pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH PDA May Board Meeting
Time: May 11, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 826 3259 0832
Password: 899701
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Property Operations Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Malden Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, May 5th from 3-4pm to now be entirely electronic. 
The meeting information is below.

Topic: Property Operations Committee Meeting
Time: May 5, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 891 0519 6867
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Meeting ID: 891 0519 6867
Password: 113547
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Property Development Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Belmont Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, May 5th from 3:30-4:30pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below. 

Topic: CHH Property Development Committee Meeting
Time: May 5, 2020 03:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 835 0859 1352
Password: 963734
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Meeting ID: 835 0859 1352
Password: 963734
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Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) has changed the Finance & Asset Management Committee meeting, scheduled to be held in the Malden Conference Room at the CHH Main Office at 1620 12th Ave, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98122 on Tuesday, May 5th from 4-5pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below.

Topic: CHH Finance & Asset Management Committee
Time: May 5, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 858 3222 7339
Password: 266514
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        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 858 3222 7339
Password: 266514
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Capitol Hill Housing

Join Us at the Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival

Join us for the Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival, April 29 to May 3. Presented by the Capitol Hill Arts District and Northwest Film Forum, the festival celebrates the creativity of Capitol Hill and offers community members a connection to interdisciplinary art during this unprecedented time. Northwest Film Forum will stream the festival simultaneously via Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook Live. The event will be free to all, though guests are encouraged to offer a donation on a sliding scale. All proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund and will directly support individual artists. Explore the schedule, register, and learn more by following the link below.

Stormwater Matters: Here’s Why

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and the Seattle 2030 District have identified several areas in Capitol Hill that could be developed as stormwater retention sites.

In the Emerald City of the Evergreen State, there’s one green initiative that often gets overlooked: stormwater management. Stormwater is the runoff of rainwater and melted snow that directly impacts water quality. In a city that averages 38 inches of rain a year on a particularly hilly, impermeable topography, effective stormwater management becomes a pressing issue.

Rather than lament the perfect storm of factors that create this problem, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict teamed up with the Seattle 2030 District to effect change. Steven Fry, programs director for the Seattle 2030 District, works on sustainability concerns every day. According to Steven, a stormwater walking tour was a natural first step.

“We figured we would take it to the public, engage with them, see what features they liked, and get a better sense of where they wanted work to be prioritized in the neighborhood,” Fry said. “The intention of the walk was, ‘How can we reimagine space in Capitol Hill that is either underutilized or overlooked to improve community resilience and improve public space with the added goal of stormwater management?’”

A walk in any direction in Capitol Hill will plainly reveal the issue the EcoDistrict and Seattle 2030 are driving at: cement abounds. According to Fry, the number one way to combat stormwater is to keep the water on site – how it would behave in a natural setting. However, in an increasingly developed urban setting, it becomes difficult to identify viable opportunities for green space.

“The vast majority of people still don’t understand what stormwater is and why it’s an issue,” Fry said. “They just think it’s raining, and they’re like ‘Oh, bummer. It’s raining today.’ But what we want them to think about is: All this rain means that our sewer systems are likely overflowing right now, that there’s direct runoff that doesn’t even go into the sewer or just goes straight into the lakes.”

Stormwater is very pollutant heavy. Flowing through urban areas, the water picks up grease, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, sediment – all the trappings of dense cities.

“These chemicals morph and evolve as they come into the water streams, and then that’s literally discharged straight into our waterways,” Fry said. “When you have a salmon corridor like we do, they’re swimming straight through all this water that’s very polluted, and it decimates salmon populations, so they can’t spawn, they just die. They lose all motor functions. And it’s just devastating to the salmon population, which is in turn starving the orcas because they don’t have enough food.”

Stormwater management has benefits that extend beyond preserving our salmon and orca populations. The utility of green space becomes multifaceted the further it’s examined.

“I think a very critical piece of this is that it isn’t just about stormwater,” Fry said. “Green space improves air quality; it reduces urban heat islands. It’s shown to improve the mental and physical health of the community. All of these features improve resiliency, especially as climate change impacts increase. Part of the goal of this is to make people realize how valuable these spaces are and what we can do to improve them and add more of them.”

The stormwater walk has been postponed, but Fry and EcoDistrict representatives remain optimistic that it will take place. Stay tuned for more details as the situation evolves.