Washington State Housing Needs Assessment

Project Description

Prepared for the Affordable Housing Advisory Board, the Department of Commerce, and the Housing Finance Commission, this study was an innovative and exhaustive accounting of housing affordability in Washington State. To maximize the usability of the report for legislators and affordable housing practitioners, M&L focused only on select, key indicators of the statewide housing market.

In order to answer all of the posed research questions, M&L completed every point of analysis for different income tiers, for both renters and homeowners, and at unique geographies requested by the diverse client team. This meant adapting and expanding proven techniques, such as the affordable housing gap analysis popularized by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Urban Institute.

In addition, M&L compiled the most complete and detailed inventory of subsidized housing the state had ever undertaken. The result was a highly data-driven report that included a unique data profile for all 39 counties as well as 17 urban regions in the state.

Project Details

  • Client Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Date January, 2015
  • Tags housing study
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