Although shelter is considered a basic human need in today’s world, many people in King County communities are still living without safe, adequate, affordable housing. This lack of affordable housing in King County has become such a hardship that many are prevented from meeting their other basic needs, such as food and healthcare, or saving for their future and that of their family.

In areas like the Eastside, where housing prices and rent have outpaced incomes, not just the poor and disabled are being forced out. Moderate-income, working families that support our economy are also increasingly finding it hard to find places to live in the communities where they work.

  • On the Eastside, the average rent increased over 18% in the last five years.
  • A household would need nearly $70,000 annual income to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Downtown Bellevue.
  • Lack of affordable housing is so severe that many are prevented from meeting other basic needs like food, healthcare and transportation.
  • Nearly 1 in 2 Americans feels at risk of losing their home at some point in their lives. National NeighborWorks® Association

DASH is remedying this situation, one household at a time, by providing the basic need of affordable housing to King County communities. DASH recognizes that our community grows stronger when people can afford to live near where they work; where employers and employees alike receive the benefit of local transportation, schools, parks and amenities to support a vibrant, productive workforce; and where state and local government agencies, private and non-profit organizations come together to create partnerships supporting community goals and a sustainable future for all constituents.

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