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Do you have to be rich to buy a house in Seattle?

Seattle has consistently been one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., causing housing prices to skyrocket. Seattle City Reporter Josh Cohen asks: “Do you have to be rich to buy a house in Seattle?”

Finding Home

Shavon Jones, a Seattle resident of 18 years, had always wanted to own a home. As prices increased and she became a single mother of five, her dream seemed even further out of reach. With the help of Homestead Community Land Trust and Habitat for Humanity, Jones was able to qualify for programs to help her own a home of her own.

Visual Arts and Vibrancy

On Union Street in Seattle’s historically Black Central District, two buildings speak to each other through proximity, history and art. On the north side is an affordable housing development with a facade designed by Al Doggett featuring a dancer, a saxophone player and a raised fist. Across the street is an apartment complex with a color-splashed exterior created by Seattle artist Barry Johnson, who says he drew inspiration from jazz and the rich palette of painter Jacob Lawrence. Both artists are using their skills to commemorate the history of Black art in Seattle, while at the same time making a permanent mark on the evolving cityscape.