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:
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 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.
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.
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 thechart 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.
Starting at9:00 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.
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”
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
385-470 sq. ft.
$551 – $1,132
538-720 sq. ft.
$587 – $1,210
743-969 sq. ft.
$697 – 1,445
948-1,101 sq. ft.
$783 – $1,646
Maximum Income Limits
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
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.
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)
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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.
Time: Mar 30,
2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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.
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.
Personalized Resource Referral Contact your Resident Services Coordinator to have a deeper conversation about resources for your unique situation. – Azizza Mussa: 206-503-4638 | firstname.lastname@example.org – Derek Senior: 206-681-5553 | email@example.com – Demontrice Bigham: 206-471-1794 | firstname.lastname@example.org – Ji Soo Kim: 206-637-2364 | email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.”