The Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) advises the Department of Commerce on housing and housing-related issues. AHAB has 22 members representing a variety of housing interests around the state.

Board duties
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The Affordable Housing Advisory Board published the first Affordable Housing Needs Assessment in 2015. That research is the first effort in over 10 years to collect and analyze federal, tribal, state and housing authority data on affordable housing in our state.

AHAB Meeting Schedule and Materials


Feb. 5, 2018 – Special Meeting/Conference call, 3:30-4:00 PM
March 7, 2018 in Olympia – Dept. of Commerce, Columbia Room, 1:00-3:30 PM
May 15, 2018 in Seattle – Edge Developers LLC, 1:30-4:30 PM 
June 6, 2018 in Seattle – Pacific Tower, Panoramic Center (8th floor), 1:00-3:30 PM
July 3, 2018 – Policy Committee meeting/conference call 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. 
July 31, 2018 – Policy Committee meeting/conference call 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Aug. 30, 2018 – Policy Committee meeting/conference call 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sept. 19, 2018 in Seattle– Special Policy Meeting, Pacific Tower, Panoramic Center (8th Floor), 12:30-3:30 PM
Oct. 2-4, 2018 in Tacoma – Housing Washington Conference
Dec. 5, 2018 in Olympia – Dept. of Commerce, Columbia Room, 1:00-4:00 PM

Archived Meeting Documents

2017 Special Project: Housing Affordability Response Team (HART)

On January 16, 2017, AHAB received a letter from Governor Inslee (PDF) requesting a work group be formed to make recommendations addressing the root causes of the lack of affordable housing in our state. Initial recommendations are due to the governor by June 1, 2017.

AHAB’s Housing Affordability Response Team (HART) Final Recommendations and Report (PDF)
AHAB’s Housing Affordability Response Team (HART) project web page (web)
Housing Affordability Response Team Letter to Gov. Inslee With Recommendations (PDF)


Affordable Housing Needs Study 2010-2015
A comprehensive review and forecast of affordable housing in Washington state.

2010-2015 Affordable Housing Advisory Plan (PDF)
Five year housing policy advisory plan.

Housing Trust Fund Policy Advisory Team
This team serves as a subcommittee of AHAB. Its purpose is to periodically review administrative policies and procedures related to the Housing Trust Fund program and to make recommendations to Commerce and AHAB.

Housing Trust Fund Cost-effectiveness Subcommittee Report (PDF)

Homeless Councils Meetings and Information
The Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness (SACH) and the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) meet quarterly to collaborate and inform state policy to end homelessness in our state.

Annual Reports

Program Contact

Emily Grossman
Lead Policy Advisor, CSHD
Phone: 360.725.2798

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