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Seattle Mayor Harrell Announces $9 Million Award to LIHI for Senior Housing

Rendering by Runberg Architecture Group


On February 8th Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City of Seattle Office of Housing investments in affordable housing for the 2023 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), totaling $66.7 million for the construction of 443 affordable rental homes and 114 future affordable homeownership opportunities throughout the city. Included in the awards was $9 Million for LIHI's project at 12241-12245 Aurora Ave N., which will feature 90 apartments for seniors. The architect for the project is Runberg Architecture Group. As an interim use the site is currently occupied by LIHI's Friendship Heights Tiny House Village and was formerly the site of the Black Angus Restaurant and Motel.

LIHI ED Sharon Lee said, “Seattle desperately needs more senior housing. The timely awarding of funds from Mayor Harrell and the Office of Housing enabled LIHI to leverage state Housing Trust Fund, housing credits and HUD funds to construct 90 apartments for low-income and formerly homeless seniors in North Seattle. We hope to break ground this year. The Friendship Heights Tiny House Village that currently occupies the site at 125th and Aurora Ave. N. will be moved to another location.”

Additional funding for the project includes $5 million from the state Housing Trust Fund and 9% tax credits from Washington State Housing Finance Commission. LIHI received a HUD 202 Senior Housing award that provides rental assistance for 90 units. This will ensure long term affordability as seniors will pay 30% of their income for rent. Senator Murray included $3 million in the HUD budget.

Construction will start before the end of the year. Senior housing is Phase 1. Phase 2 will be family housing located to the north. LIHI purchased land initially with an acquisition bridge loan from Seattle Office of Housing.

LIHI Housing Deveopment Team: John Torrence, Victoria Chow and Johnny Wheeler

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