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), 11:30-3:30 PM
Oct. 2, 2018 in Tacoma – Housing Washington Conference, 1:00-4:00 PM
Dec. 5, 2018 in Olympia – Dept. of Commerce, Columbia Room, 1:00-4:00 PM

Archived Meeting Documents


Draft Buildable Lands Guidance
The passage of ESSB 5254 in 2017 required the Department of Commerce to select a consultant to update the guidance for local governments on the Buildable Lands Review and Evaluation program.

AHAB’s Housing Affordability Response Team (HART) Final Recommendations and Report (PDF)
Barriers and solutions related to Washington’s housing supply. 

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

Annual Reports

Program Contact

Emily Grossman
Lead Policy Advisor, CSHD
Phone: 360.725.2798

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