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Housing Overview

The University of Washington is committed to providing its employees with valuable information about housing.

Hometown Home Loan Program
This program offers reduced fees on mortgages for permanent UW employees buying or refinancing anywhere in the Puget Sound region. Any permanent faculty or staff member of the University of Washington who is eligible for employee medical, dental, life, and LTD insurances is eligible to apply for the Hometown Home Loan Program. In addition, retirees of the UW are eligible for this plan by showing their UW retiree ID card.
Home Buying Options
This page lists a variety of programs available for home buyers including eligible UW employees; low- to middle-income families; first-time home buyers; employees with good credit history but no down payment; nurses, pharmacists, medical technicians, and police officers; employees with credit difficulties; families with disabled member/s; senior homeowners in need of extra cash; and homeowners who want to renovate.
Seminars
HomeStreet Bank’s Affinity Lending Center, a partner in the Hometown Home Loan Program, offers educational seminars and classes that can help reduce the stress and confusion of buying a home.

Other Housing Resources

City of Seattle Utility Discount Program
You may be able to save on your Seattle utility bills (water, wastewater, solid waste, and/or City Light electric) through the Human Services Department Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) Utility Discount Program.
SeattleRentals.com
This is a free apartment listing site for renters in the Seattle area.
Seattle Housing Authority
The Seattle Housing Authority is a public corporation governed by a seven-member citizen commission. SHA provides affordable housing to over 24,500 people in the City of Seattle.
Seattle Office of Housing
Seattle's Office of Housing funds affordable workforce housing, both rental and ownership, as well as supportive housing that helps vulnerable people achieve stability and move along a path toward self-sufficiency. Office of Housing initiatives also help stimulate housing development, allowing families to thrive and neighborhoods to provide a full range of housing choice and opportunity. This website includes links to such topics as housing listings; first-time home-buying assistance; low-interest home repair loans and weatherization grants; sustainability and conservation; ending homelessness; Tenants Union; Renter’s Kit; emergency rental assistance; and homesharing for seniors.
Visiting Faculty Housing Service
Volunteers at the VFHS provide a listing service for new and visiting UW faculty and staff requiring rental housing. The requirements of the person seeking accommodation are matched with the listing attributes of an owner's property.
Home Owners Club
For an annual fee, this membership-based organization offers access to more than 150 carefully screened contractors who can help with virtually any upkeep, repair, or remodeling need, including smaller jobs, major projects, emergency services, routine maintenance, and advising.
Seattle Tenants Union
This nonprofit, membership-based organization provides information to Washington State tenants and fights for stronger tenants' rights. The website also summarizes the landlord-tenant laws in Washington State.
UW Housing and Food Services
The Department of Housing and Food Services (HFS) at the University of Washington operates student housing.
UW-affiliated Radford Court
This is a good housing option for visiting scholars, postdocs, faculty, and staff, as well as students and their families or nonstudent roommates. See views of apartments, community, and neighborhood and get application and transportation information at this site.

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