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Mayor, Council, Staff and Volunteers Tour Affordable Housing

April 21, 2010

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569
Karen Bergsvik, Human Services Manager 425-430-6650

Renton, WA – On April 14, officials and staff from the City of Renton, along with representatives from the Renton Housing Authority and the Housing Development Consortium, participated in the housing opportunities tour, which showcased housing models that help ensure residents of all income levels have safe, affordable housing.  Renton and other nearby sites toured included Tucker Apartments, Liberty Square Apartments, Compass Veteran’s Center, Rainier Vista and the surrounding neighborhood, the Vue, Houser Terrace, Evergreen Terrace and Sunset Terrace.  The sites highlighted ways the City of Renton has contributed to affordable housing development and/or provided examples for future opportunities for potential redevelopment in the Sunset Area and elsewhere in Renton.

Participating in the tour were Mayor Denis Law; Renton City Councilmembers Randy Corman, Greg Taylor, Terri Briere and Rich Zwicker; Renton Housing Authority staff and board members; members of the City’s Planning Commission and Human Services Advisory Committee; representatives from the City of Renton Community and Economic Development Department and Community Services Department; and the Housing Development Consortium, which consists of several non-profit affordable housing organizations.  This tour was part of a series of tours taking place in South King County in 2010. 

“It is wonderful to see the various types of quality, affordable housing that we have in Renton,” said Mayor Denis Law. “The city is pleased to foster collaboration with other organizations to continue to address the housing needs of our community.”

While much of the affordable housing is developed by non-profit organizations, public programs and policies can also help contribute to the feasibility of affordable housing. The city has used a number of tools to partner with non-profits to create affordable housing opportunities that improve lives and benefit the community, demonstrating the city’s intent to address the housing needs of the community.  The city has also modified the Multi-Family Housing Property Tax Exemption program to include an affordable housing element and has established a Housing Opportunity Fund to help support new affordable housing development in Renton.
 
For information on the Renton Housing Authority or the Housing Development Consortium, visit rentonhousing.org or housingconsortium.org.