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During their study session on September 15, 2020, the Tacoma City Council received an update on the Affordable Housing Action Strategy (AHAS). This update covered the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic to Tacoma’s housing market and housing affordability, an update on the City of Tacoma's AHAS efforts and actions in implementation, and details on progress made by the Community and Economic Development Department's Housing Division.


As a part of this update, staff also provided an introduction to the Home In Tacoma Project—a signature AHAS implementation effort launched in September 2020. The project evaluates diverse housing types and inclusionary zoning options the City could take to increase housing supply, create affordable housing options, and increase choice of housing types throughout Tacoma. Staff will provide an in-depth project overview and seek initial guidance from Council during their October 27, 2020 study session.

Resource Materials


Updates and Presentations to Council  

Frequently Asked Questions  

Looking for answers to frequently asked questions as well as a high-level summary of what was shared during the community listening sessions, focus groups and other public events? Download this FAQ handout.  



The City of Tacoma has always considered affordable housing to be a high priority. The AHAS was developed to address this important issue. As part of this process, a Housing Market Policy Dashboard (with associated technical documentation) was also created to reflect the potential impacts of market-based incentives for income-restricted affordable housing production. 



The AHAS seeks to address Tacoma's key challenges and includes recommended approaches that the City could take.

Key Challenges Identified

  • 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 

  • 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

Past Efforts

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 has informed the City's work to develop the AHAS. The City also factored in details from the Tacoma 2025 strategic visioning framework, the One Tacoma Comprehensive Plan, and other reports into the AHAS which will align with other initiatives.


Contact Information


Jacques Colon
(253) 591-5160