New developments

LGBTQ-Affirming Affordable Senior Housing

Capitol Hill has a long history of being a home and cultural center for LGBTQ life in Seattle. Capitol Hill Housing hopes to preserve and enhance this proud tradition by developing LGBTQ-affirming affordable apartments for seniors in the neighborhood.

LGBTQ seniors are listed as a priority population for the Seattle Housing Levy and face demonstrated health, economic, and social disparities compared to their heterosexual peers. (View report) These realities—combined with the neighborhood’s storied identity and CHH’s commitment to community development— are what motivate us to provide affordable housing for low-income LGBTQ seniors.

Our preliminary plans include a mixed-use building on 14th and Union adjacent to the Helen V Apartments, which CHH has owned for 16 years. The initial concept includes between 44 and 66 affordable homes for low-income seniors 55 years or older and just under four thousand square feet of first-floor retail space. As part of the project, CHH will also be undertaking improvements and upgrades to the Helen V Apartments.

The total development cost of the project is anticipated to be $25 million. This project will be financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, public funds and bank financing. Timing of the development will not be confirmed until all financing is secured. CHH has an agreement with Environmental Works to serve as architect for the project.

CHH has hosted initial meetings with an advisory committee, which includes over a dozen leaders from LGBTQ and health organizations such as Bailey-Boushay House, City of Seattle, Entre Hermanos, Gay City, Generations Aging with Pride, King County HIV/AIDS Planning Council, LGBTQ Allyship, Lifelong, POCAAN (formerly known as People of Color Against AIDS Network), Seattle Counseling Services, Seattle Foundation and Virginia Mason Hospital. We continue to reach out and build relationships with partners who can make this project stronger.

We believe partners will be integral in determining how to best meet the housing needs of LGBTQ seniors, and create a vibrant and inclusive community.

Liberty Bank Building

The Liberty Bank Building will be Capitol Hill Housing’s 49th building.

Located at 24th and Union in the Central District, the six-story, 115-unit mixed-use project will provide much-needed affordability to the neighborhood while also supporting community priorities.

A memorandum of understanding signed with community partners in the Central District (Africatown-Central District Preservation and Development Association, Black Community Impact Alliance and Byrd Barr Place (formerly Centerstone)) guides the project.

The partners have committed to using the redevelopment of the site to empower and lift up the community and honor the history of the original Liberty Bank. From 1968 to 1988 Liberty Bank served the African American community, representing a community response to redlining and disinvestment in Central Seattle.

Construction on the building will begin in 2017 and is expected to open in early 2019. When completed, the 115 units will be open to people earning between 30%, 50% and 60% of the area median income (between $31,560 and $54,180, depending on family size. Units will be a mix of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units. The first floor will provide roughly 2,700 square feet of affordable commercial space to local businesses.

Learn more about the Liberty Bank Building.

Capitol Hill Light Rail Station

The vision for this project first emerged back in 2009 when Sound Transit first held meetings to gather input on how to best redevelop the area after the completion of the light rail station. The Capitol Hill Champion, an alliance between the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Hill Community Council, formed in 2010 to provide a combined neighborhood voice on what the community would like to see: affordable housing was a major priority.

In 2015, Capitol Hill Housing was selected as the nonprofit developer for the parcel of the land at the corner of 10th and John, site “B-North.” When completed, the building will provide 110 homes affordable to working families – people making roughly between $19,000 to $55,000, depending on family size. Units will be a mixture of studios, one, two and three bedroom units. The first floor will include a 1,400 square foot community space open to the neighborhood.

Not only is this development critical to preserving the economic diversity of our neighborhood, it also stands as powerful example of transit-oriented development. Residents of this building will be located right above the beautiful new light rail station, opening up the full range of opportunity our city offers.