Solid Ground has a long legacy of fighting housing displacement, helping people stay in their homes, and building and managing affordable housing with support services. The lived experiences of the people who come to Solid Ground programs inform and empower our housing advocacy. Solid Ground’s forebear, the Fremont Public Association, was a leader in establishing foundational coalition efforts to advocate for creative solutions and innovative services to address homelessness.
- Instrumental in creating the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, which has awarded almost $1 billion in funding and helped build or maintain nearly 40,000 units of affordable housing statewide.
- Launched efforts to secure the Seattle Housing Levy, which has funded over 12,000 affordable apartments for seniors, low- and moderate-wage workers, and formerly homeless individuals and families. Also provided down payment loans to more than 800 first-time homebuyers and rental assistance to more than 6,500 households.
- Opened region’s first emergency shelter for women and children moving out of domestic violence.
Advocating with Landlords
A huge increase in competition for affordable rental units in Seattle/King County means that people with spotty credit history face almost insurmountable barriers to finding affordable housing. Our Housing Advocates bridge a connection between families seeking housing and local landlords and property managers throughout King County to overcome these barriers and expand access to permanent, affordable housing.