First Statewide Housing Needs Assessment in Over a Decade Released
On January 12, 2015, the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) released the 2015 Washington State Housing Needs Assessment, the first comprehensive, statewide look at housing needs produced in more than a decade. The data in the assessment will help the state, local governments, housing authorities, and private and non-profit developers make the most effective policy and funding decisions to meet the state’s affordable housing needs.
The assessment does not make specific policy recommendations. Instead, it provides a solid footing for making current and future policy decisions by establishing a baseline of affordable housing data in the state, with a replicable process that could be used to measure progress in the future.
The Department of Commerce and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission have also committed to a partnership that will ensure that the assessment, and subsequent versions of it, will continue to provide primary measures about meeting the state’s affordable housing needs.