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.

Affordable Housing Applications

On November 13, 2019 the Affordable Housing Commission recommended two affordable housing development proposals be provided City assistance through affordable housing sales tax funds and City-owned surplus property. The Breezy Meadows project proposal at Bender and Water Street, and Addison Place on South Pearl Street will be forwarded to City Council for their approval.

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