Housing in Ellensburg

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

Funding Available

The City of Ellensburg is accepting applications for affordable housing funds through September 30, 2019 for creation of new affordable housing

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.

City-owned Property Available

The City of Ellensburg is accepting affordable housing applications through September 30, 2019 for construction of affordable housing on two City-owned sites

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.


Ellensburg Housing Data

The City of Ellensburg recognizes the importance of housing in fostering a healthy and livable community. The City is committed to providing safe and affordable housing through the City's funding, policy, and partnership efforts.

Click on the picture below to access the interactive website detailing the latest available data on housing affordability and housing needs in the City of Ellensburg.Single Family2 Opens in new window

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

  • HopeSource - Community Action Agency, visit the HopeSource website or call: 509-925-1448
  • Kittitas County Housing Authority - Phone: 509-962-9006

Affordable Housing Commission

The Affordable Housing Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers.

The Affordable Housing Commission administers the revenues generated by the sales tax for housing and related services. Additional duties include: 

  • Annual update to Ellensburg housing needs assessment data
  • Annual review and update of housing policies in Ellensburg
  • Recommendations on housing policies and strategies