Everyone needs a safe, healthy, affordable home.

Regardless of income or background, a home is a basic necessity that allows everyone to pursue and achieve their goals.

There is a severe lack of affordable housing in East King County. Housing prices are rising much faster than wages can keep up.

When we can’t afford to live where we work and have family, we have to make difficult choices: to move away from our communities and take on a long commute, or cut back on other vital basic needs.

Though the housing shortage is not always visible, a growing number of people in our communities are living unsheltered in cars or tents. King County analysis shows a gap of 32,000 affordable homes on the Eastside.

Housing affects everyone in our community


There were, 1,543 homeless students1 in East King County in the 2015-16 school year, a 9.8% increase from 2014-15. Homelessness has particularly adverse effects on children and youth, including hunger, poor physical and mental health, and missed educational opportunities.2


60% of senior households who rent on the Eastside are paying more than 30% of their income to rent.3 By 2025 an estimated 53,793 seniors in King County will be living in poverty.4


Traffic is consistently cited as one of King County’s most pressing issues. Nearly 57,000 people in our region commute more than 90 minutes to work each way.5 Roughly half of Issaquah School District teachers live outside the district, and housing costs are a main deterrent to filling open positions.6

Communities of Color

Discriminatory practices create higher rates of poverty and economic instability among people of color, making it more difficult to afford rising housing prices.7, 8 People of color account for 55% of King County’s homeless population but only 32% of the total population.9


A household of four earning less than $58,000 per year cannot afford the average rent of $1,474 in East King County.10 34% of all households in East King County are cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 30% of their income to rent.11

Public Resources

Ensuring everyone has a safe and stable home can save King County tax payers as much as $30,000 a year per person housed.12 Each East King County city is developing an affordable housing plan that efficiently leverages tax dollars and regional transportation in response to the growing needs of our communities.

Learn more about the ways housing affects our entire community.


Imagine Housing is using proven solutions to end the housing crisis.

Promote Resident Stability

We help our residents stay in their homes, create community, and achieve their goals.

Supportive Services

Community Engagement

We can’t do this alone. We work closely with community volunteers and partners to provide resources and advocate for policy solutions.

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Build More Housing

Our Imagine 1000 goal is to have 1,000 apartments, serving more than 2,400 people, by 2022.

Our Communities

What You Can Do


You make an affordable Eastside possible.