Affordable Housing

If you are seeking an affordable unit or would like assistance applying for affordable housing, please contact A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH).

With the cost of renting or owning housing in Bellevue rising faster than income for many in the region, housing is not affordable to a significant portion of the population. City Council recognizes that it is critically important to provide a safe, healthy and affordable place to live for people of all income levels in order to sustain Bellevue’s livability and economic vitality. This ongoing program will identify what it will take to have a healthy housing market that:

  • Provides affordability across a range of incomes mirroring our population and workforce;
  • Provides a variety of affordable housing choices that meet the needs of our community including:
    • Young persons in college or just entering the job market;
    • First-time home buyers or new employees who are ready to purchase a home;
    • Our aging population, especially those on fixed/limited income, who wish to remain in the community; and
    • Families that want to keep their children in Bellevue schools 
  • Preserves the integrity of single-family areas while considering, through the neighborhood planning process, housing that can accommodate a wider spectrum of needs, and foster ongoing investments by individual homeowners.

Program Archive

City Council Updates

Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
 2/12/18 Initial Conversation: Affordable Housing Strategy Action C-1, increasing development potential for affordable housing on properties owned by public, nonprofit, and faith-based entities.
2/5/18 Consent Agenda: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE)
 1/8/18 Discussion: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) to increase participation by developers in new housing
 11/13/17 Discussion: Updating the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) to increase participation by developers in new housing
 8/7/17 Discussion: Affordable Housing Strategy implementation program, timelines, guiding principles, and public engagement framework
 12/12/16 Discussion: Affordable Housing Strategy project timeline and potential actions  
 9/6/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development and seeking input on next phase of project
 7/11/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development
 3/21/16 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development
 3/15/16 Discussion: Update on Housing needs assessment
 12/14/15 Discussion: Update on Affordable Housing Strategy development

Other Community Engagement & Updates

Date Meeting or Action Taken Links
 2/12/16 Human Services Commission
Update: Affordable Housing Strategy
 6/23/16 Community Education Forum on Affordable Housing
 2/24/17 Bellevue Downtown Association
This page is not intended as a complete project record. If you have any questions, please contact the Project Lead.

Program Status & Timeline

City Council adopted the Affordable Housing Strategy in June 2017, but major implementation tasks remain underway

Project Phase Approximate Date
 Scoping Late 2015
 Visioning Late 2015 - Early 2016
 Feasibility 2016 - 2017
 Planning Early to Mid 2017
 Implementation Adopted by Council in August 2017, but adoption of specific policies is ongoing
 Monitoring Ongoing

Technical Advisory Group

On April 11, 2016, the City Council confirmed the mayor's appointees to the Technical Advisory Group to provide technical expertise regarding the Affordable Housing Strategy. The TAG met for over a year, developing a framework for evaluating a range of actions to increase opportunities for affordable housing. While the Advisory Group's work is now complete, its work remains useful and is archived here.


April 7, 2017

March 22, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017

Feb. 1, 2017

Nov. 29, 2016

Nov. 17, 2016

Nov. 10, 2016

July 25, 2016

May 23, 2016


Receive email or text notifications when there are updates with this project


Janet LewineProgram Lead



Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now