The need for affordable housing in the Puget Sound region is on the rise. Over the past decade, the region has seen significant population and economic growth, while the supply of affordable homes has not kept pace. As a result, homelessness remains a challenge, thousands of households spend more than half of their incomes on housing, and many households face the risk of displacement. Confronting this challenge requires a multifaceted approach, as outlined in the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. In a climate of intense competition for scarce land, one promising approach is the utilization of publicly-owned parcels for affordable housing.

To that end, Enterprise Community Partners invites you to attend a regional forum on Utilizing Publicly Owned Parcels to Create Affordability, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26 at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Funded with the generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, this session will feature a presentation of Enterprise’s recently released Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels report highlighting leading practices from across the country. It will also include an interactive panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session to explore this issue in the context of the Puget Sound region.

Topics will include:

  • Challenges to developing publicly owned parcels;
  • Leading practices for creating and managing an effective solicitation process that yields a strong set of development proposals;
  • Seeking and balancing community input; and
  • Techniques and solutions for creating affordable housing and other community benefits.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Please register by close-of-business on Friday, July 21. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Washington State Housing Finance Commission
1000 2nd Ave #2700
Seattle, WA 98104