Senator Braun: “Why is housing so expensive?”

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In what has become a bipartisan quest in Olympia both the Governor and the Senate are now asking the same questions we’ve been asking: why is housing so expensive to build? That question applies to both non-profit subsidized housing and market rate housing. The difference as I’ve pointed out is that when prices go up […]

Master Builder: Reducing Costs of Building is in Everyone’s Interest

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In this month’s Master Builder Magazine, I’ve articulated our argument for getting more efficient in the way resources are being used to produce non-profit affordable housing in Washington State. Bringing up this point, that low-income units produced by non-profit organizations are very expensive, makes many people unhappy. They often say, “Your math is wrong,” or, […]

Will City Pay Attention to Data on Homeless Resources or Just Keep Sweeping?

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Someone sent me a report about homelessness by consultant group Focus Strategies. I agree with the substance and approach. The report called, Seattle/King County: Homeless System Performance Assessment and Recommendations with Particular Emphasis on Single Adults was commissioned by United Way of King County, the City of Seattle, and King County. The most compelling part […]