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No major city has enough affordable housing to meet demand, but how does Seattle stack up?

In January, King County Housing Authority purchased this property along NE 205th Street and west of 1st Avenue Northeast in Shoreline.  This is part of its effort to maintain affordable workforce housing. These are currently the Ballinger Commons Apartments. 
Photographed on February 15, 2018. 205262

A reader asks: So how is Seattle doing in offering affordable housing? One national study found this area has 29 affordable units for every 100 households with extremely low income — well below the national average of 35 per 100. Here's a look at that, and at some good news in affordable housing here.

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