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Comprehensive Action Strategy on Affordable Housing

The City of Tacoma considers affordable housing to be a high priority and has been working to develop a more cohesive strategy addressing this important issue, one that reflects better programmatic alignment with its community partners. 

 

The intensive four-month process has included a series of community listening sessions, focus groups and other avenues for public feedback organized by the City and its community partners.

 

The City Council received its last update on July 24, before work on the proposed strategy begins.

 

**The July 24 presentation is available here.** 

The July 24 update that the City Council received included a review of Tacoma's key challenges as it relates to affordable housing, as well as recommended strategic approaches that the City could consider taking.  

Key challenges identified include: 

  • Accelerating housing market conditions
  • A limited rental supply
  • Households experiencing significant housing cost burdens
  • Community members experiencing barriers accessing or staying in housing

Recommended strategic approaches to
addressing these key challenges include:
 

  • The creation of new housing
  • Keeping existing housing affordable and in good repair
  • Helping community members stay in their current housing
  • Reducing barriers for those who often encounter them

It is projected that the proposed strategy will be presented to the City Council for their consideration by early fall.

Background and Resources on Affordable Housing

A strategic overview presented to the City Council on April 10, 2018 outlined the City of Tacoma's intended approach moving forward

Past efforts relating to affordable housing include the work of the Affordable Housing Policy Advisory Group (AHPAG) formed in 2010. AHPAG developed 25 policy recommendations in seven categories. Many of the policies originating from AHPAG’s policy recommendations have been implemented over phases, culminating with the 2015 adoption of Ordinance No. 28336 which established incentives for affordable housing, among other public benefits, and created more regulatory flexibility for infill development. 

 

The work of the AHPAG will inform the work the City of Tacoma is now doing. The City will also factor in details from the Tacoma 2025 strategic visioning framework, the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, and other reports into its final comprehensive action strategy which will align with its other strategic initiatives.

Contact Information

Daniel Murillo
(253) 591-5238