Housing in Ellensburg

Single Family2 Opens in new window The City of Ellensburg recognizes the importance of attainable housing in fostering a healthy and livable community. In Ellensburg employment wages have not kept up with the rising costs of housing leading to many residences paying more than 30% of their income on monthly rent or mortgage, and basic utilities. The City's interactive housing website details the latest data on housing needs and affordability in Ellensburg.

The City is committed to helping provide safe and attainable housing for all members of the community through the City's funding, policy, and partnership efforts.

Review of Affordable Housing Applications

***Applications were due on September 30, 2019***

The schedule for review and evaluation of applications is as follows:

October 30, 2019 - 4:30 pm-6:00 pm | CWU | Shaw/Smyser, Room 109

  • Applicant presentations to Affordable Housing Commission

November 6, 2019 - 4:30pm-6:00 pm | City Council Chambers | 501 N. Anderson

  • Affordable Housing Commission discussion and deliberation

November 13, 2019 - 4:30 pm-6:00pm | KVFR | 400 E. Mountain View Ave.

  • Affordable Housing Commission discussion, deliberation, and recommendation on applications

Applications Received

Affordable Housing Commission

The Affordable Housing Commission administers the revenues generated by the sales tax for housing and related services. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers.

Background

On November 7, 2017 Ellensburg voters approved a 0.1% sales tax for housing and related services. Consistent with RCW 82.14.530, these funds will be allocated to projects that create new affordable housing in Ellensburg. Eligible uses of funds includes costs associated with property acquisition, construction, and rehabilitation for projects that will serve target population groups earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income.

Pursuant to RCW 39.33.15 and Ellensburg City Code Chapter 2.06, the City of Ellensburg has identified two City-owned sites (total of three parcels) available for affordable housing development proposals that serve residents earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income.

Housing Organizations

The primary providers of affordable housing or rental assistance in our community are:

  • HopeSource - Community Action Agency, visit the www.hopesource.us or call: 509-925-1448
  • Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity - visit www.kchabitat.org or call: 509-962-5058
  • Kittitas County Housing Authority - Phone: 509-962-9006