CHH Response to COVID-19, Updated 3/24

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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. This pdf was updated March 18, 2020.

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.

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 Opens March 2020

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Status as of 3/6/2020 at 9:15 AM: Starting March 6, we have re-opened the short form of interest for 60% Area Median Income-eligible apartments.  Please review the info below and go here to fill out a short form for the following apartment sizes, income limits and rent ranges:

The form will close after the first 500 short form submissions without notice.

If you already attended an appointment and submitted a complete application, we are currently processing your application to make a final determination. You will be contacted within three weeks with an update on your application. The timeframe to move into Station House is still scheduled for March through June 2020.

We will continue to provide updates as needed.

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

Station House opens Spring 2020, by Capitol Hill Housing 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 is anticipated to open in March 2020.

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 are available to move in starting March 2020 and no later than June 2020. If you are in search of housing before March 2020 or after June 2020, please see our apartment openings available from our current portfolio.

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 will again be available for applications limited to the following apartment sizes, income limits and rent ranges:

The form will close after the first 500 short form submissions without notice.

  • March 2020 through June 2020: Apartments will be available for tenants to move in during this timeframe.

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 at 9:00 AM on January 7, 2020, the online form was available for a week.
  • Starting March 6 at 9AM: the form will again be available for applications for the following apartment sizes, income limits and rent ranges:

The form will close after the first 500 short form submissions without notice.
Please check back here on March 6 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.
  • *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 an in-person appointment

  • Based on the results of your prescreening, the administrative assistants will also set up a time for an in-person appointment to fill out eligibility paperwork. The administrative assistant will explain what documents to bring to your appointment, which are also available here.
  • You will be required to bring the following fees to 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.

Step 5: Move-ins

  • If your application is approved, we will contact you to schedule a time to sign your lease and set a move-in date and time between March 2020 and no later than June 2020.

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?

Unfortunately, no. The construction of the building will not be completed until March 2020 so you will not be able to view an apartment during the application process or before you sign a lease. We anticipate having printed floor plans available at the time of application processing to help you determine if the apartment is right for you.

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 Committee – Meeting Change Notices

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, March 25th from 4-5pm to now be entirely electronic.  The meeting information is below.

Topic: Joint Board Development Committee Meeting

Time: Mar 25, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/925082295

Meeting ID: 925 082 295

One tap mobile: +16699009128,,925082295# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US


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 Monday, March 30th from 5-6:30pm to now be entirely electronic. 
The meeting information is below.

Topic: Executive Committee Meeting

Time: Mar 30, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/194909186

Meeting ID: 194 909 186

One tap mobile: +16699006833,,194909186# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location         +1 253 215 8782 US


Thank you,

Capitol Hill Housing

Annual Meeting Postponed

The Annual Capitol Hill Housing Stakeholder Meeting will be rescheduled. In accordance with current social distancing measures, we will postpone our Annual Meeting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. Please keep an eye out for future correspondence from us later this year regarding the new date for the meeting.

CHH’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting is an opportunity to hear directly from Capitol Hill Housing leadership about the current state of the organization and what to expect in the coming year, followed by time for dialogue.

COVID-19 Resources for Residents

Here is a list of resources that are being offered to assist residents in response to COVID-19 (as of March 18, 2020).

Residents: Please read our latest letter that contains important information from CHH in regard to COVID-19.

Resources from the City of Seattle
For all resources from the City of Seattle, visit their COVID-19 Resources for the Community website for updates. This website is updated regularly.

Unemployment Resources
If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Please visit the WA Employment Security Department website or call their claims center (800-318-6022) to see if you are eligible.

Food Resources
– Interactive Map with Seattle Area Food Resources
– Some schools will be feeding all Seattle Public Schools students Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the duration of the school closure. For more information, visit the Seattle Public Schools website
– Free groceries or meals at SODO Community Market.
– If you are currently enrolled in City-supported child care and food assistance programs, you are eligible for $800 in food vouchers. For more information, visit their FAQ webpage.
– COVID19 Mutual Aid and Solidarity Network has a online request form for food and supplies to be dropped off at people’s doors. Requests can be made through this online request form.

Health Care Resources
– In response to the potential growth of COVID-19 cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.
– YMCA of Greater Seattle is offering virtual workouts.
– CHI Franciscan is offering free virtual urgent care visits for people experiencing mild Coronavirus symptoms with their coupon code “COVID19” visit the CHI Franciscan website for more information and to access their virtual appointment portal.

Utility Resources
– All SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19. Utility service will stay on as their deferred payment plans are developed and implemented. Visit the City of Seattle website for more information.
– Comcast Internet Essentials Program is offering two free months of internet as a response to COVID-19. Residents can sign up for the program on the Comcast Internet Essentials Website.

For New Resources in Real Time
Follow these accounts/websites for real-time updates in resources and news:
King County Public Health – COVID-19
King County Public Health Twitter
Seattle Times – COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Instagram
City of Seattle Resources

Personalized Resource Referral
Contact your Resident Services Coordinator to have a deeper conversation about resources for your unique situation.
– Azizza Mussa: 206-503-4638 | amussa@capitolhillhousing.org
– Derek Senior: 206-681-5553 | dsenior@capitolhillhousing.org
– Demontrice Bigham: 206-471-1794 | dbigham@capitolhillhousing.org
– Ji Soo Kim: 206-637-2364 | jkim@capitolhillhousing.org

Reinvesting in Our Buildings

The Bonanza project includes new exterior siding for two of the buildings as well as brick repairs on El Nor’s exterior (pictured above).

The CHH Bonanza project is the preservation and rehabilitation of the Ponderosa, El Nor and 18th Avenue buildings in the Central District. It embodies one of our most core tenets: Everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. In some cases, those quality homes are produced not through new construction, but through a reinvestment in our existing portfolio.

By a complex refinancing of the El Nor, Ponderosa, and 18th Avenue buildings, CHH has been able to obtain $140,000 per apartment to go toward improvements. This reinvestment allows for a proactive retrofit of an Unreinforced Masonry Building as well as overwhelming cosmetic refurbishments to make these homes feel brand new. In addition to substantial seismic upgrades, all three buildings will now have new windows, roofs, and cabinets. The kitchens will have new countertops and appliances, and the bathrooms will have new shower heads and toilets. Each unit will also feature new measures in energy efficiency: LED lights are being installed, as are programmable thermostats and low-flow facets. The Ponderosa will even have a new rooftop solar array.

Rehab work began in 2019, and two of the three buildings are nearly complete. The Ponderosa and 18th Avenue buildings’ renovations will be completed next month, and El Nor’s improvements will wrap up in August.

The Bonanza project reflects an ongoing movement toward sustainable preservation. Improving existing built resources is not just environmentally friendly; it has a direct impact on the quality of life for the residents of these affordable homes. CHH is very proud of the work completed and can’t wait for residents to enjoy their safer, improved homes. 

Pictured above: The three buildings included in the Bonanza rehabilitation project.

Liberty Bank Building Celebrates One Year

On March 23, 2019, a child and a reverend hoisted up ceremonial giant scissors and cut the ribbon in front of Liberty Bank Building, marking the momentous opening of 115 affordable homes in the Central District. It has been one year since the building opened, and the community within remains as strong as the showing on the day of the ribbon-cutting.

Michelle Purnell Hepburn, community leader, is the daughter of one of the founders of Liberty Bank. Here she displays historic photos of the original building. Liberty Bank opened in May of 1968 at 24th and Union as the first black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1968 as a community response to redlining and disinvestment in Central Seattle, Liberty Bank operated in the Central District for 20 years. The bank provided essential financial services to people and businesses who were otherwise unable to obtain them. Liberty Bank represented resilience and empowerment and stood as an example of a community’s solution to systemic, institutional racism.
The Liberty Bank Building was a community-led development to address displacement in the Central District. A historically black neighborhood, the Central District was a hub for the African American and African diaspora communities that called it home.
The multi-story mural painted on the outside of the Liberty Bank Building was designed by Al Doggett.
The mural reflects the vibrancy of the spirit of the Central District.
Future residents sign an apartment lease.
A high school student sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the Liberty Bank Building ribbon-cutting ceremony. The song is the Black National Anthem, and some of the lyrics include “Lift every voice and sing, til earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty.”
Michelle Purnell Hepburn watches the proceedings of the ceremony.
Al Doggett, one of the lead curators of art in the Liberty Bank Building, embraces a friend at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Kristi Brown poses with her son and business partner, Damon Bomar. Their restaurant is under construction at the Liberty Bank Building. It builds off Kristi’s wealth of experience with her catering company, That Brown Girl Cooks!
Community members gather to celebrate the opening of LBB on March 23, 2019.
The Liberty Bank Building ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by over a hundred members of the community.
Esther Ervin and Al Doggett in the lobby of the Liberty Bank Building. The two co-curated the art collection inside and outside the building. The pieces pay homage to the history of the site, the original Liberty Bank, and the chronicle of the Central District. Photo by Kevin Scott.
Community members in the resident lounge at the Liberty Bank Building. Photo by Kevin Scott.
Earl Lancaster, owner of Earl’s Cuts and Styles, signs a lease with Christopher Persons, CEO of Capitol Hill Housing for a new space at the Liberty Bank Building in the Central District. After nearly 30 years of business at 23rd and Union, the legendary barbershop moved across the street into the new building. Photo by Yosef Kalinko.
Earl’s Cuts and Styles officially opens in one of the commercial spaces at the Liberty Bank Building.
A recap video of the Liberty Bank Building ribbon-cutting ceremony.

CHH Office Closed Thursday and Friday

Walk-in office hours at CHH’s main office in 12th Ave Arts will be closed to the public Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. We are still receiving rent checks, packages, and correspondence, as well as answering voicemails and phones. 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.

Announcing 2020’s Top of the Town Speaker

Karen Fredriksen Goldsen will be the keynote speaker at CHH’s annual Top of the Town event. Karen is an internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersections of health disparities, aging, and well-being in resilient at-risk communities.

Her work focuses on the ways in which historical trauma and intergenerational community engagement have shaped the lives of LGBTQ elders. She is also the founder of GenPRIDE, a nonprofit organization that provides services for LGBTQ seniors. CHH and GenPRIDE are currently working on the region’s first LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior housing project in the heart of Capitol Hill.

“LGBTQ seniors are largely invisible and immensely underserved,” Karen said. “We need to build on their many strengths as we address their housing and aging needs and take action. We need to ensure that local housing and aging services are safe, inclusive, supportive, and effective. If we do not address these needs, there will be much greater public cost.”

CHH is thrilled to further our existing collaboration with GenPRIDE and looks forward to learning more from Karen’s speech. Top of the Town brings together community leaders, developers, and peers who believe in creating an affordable and inclusive Seattle. Funds raised during the evening enable Capitol Hill Housing’s work building and preserving safe and affordable homes for our neighbors throughout the city. The event will be held May 7, 2020 at the Hotel Sorrento. Stay tuned for more details!

Station House Sets Green Goals

Station House, CHH’s newest building, is nearly complete! A transit-oriented development co-located with the Capitol Hill light rail station, Station House is our greenest new construction project to date. 

At CHH, one of our core values is to responsibly steward our properties while protecting the environment. Station House’s construction exemplifies these values – triple-paned windows, solar panels, and a green roof are just a few of the environmentally friendly features of the building. Station House’s insulation also exceeds code to boost energy efficiency while reducing noise pollution.

Construction focused on utilizing healthy materials such as low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint to bolster indoor air quality and ensure our residents are staying in the healthiest homes possible. CHH hopes to achieve LEED Mid-Rise Platinum status, the highest and most selective of the four rankings. LEED promotes standards that closely aligns with our own organizational goals; in fact, according to LEED: “We believe green buildings are the foundation of something bigger: helping people, and the communities and cities they reside in – safely, healthily and sustainably thrive.”