Mayor's Housing Quality Task Force

What's Happening Now

Thank you to all who participated in the development of recommendations to address housing quality and affordability in Spokane. Please find the final report of the Mayor's Housing Quality Task Force and additional related documents below.

The Task Force concluded their work September 21, 2016 by presenting the final list of priority recommendations to Mayor David Condon. Next steps in the process include establishing a steering committee and subsequent work groups to further drive the implementation of the recommendations, set to begin January 2017. The development and implementation process will require additional public engagement and coordination between city departments and local agencies. An all convene meeting of the Task Force will be scheduled the second quarter of 2017 and will include a progress update of the recommendations at that time.

Description of Project

The objective of the Housing Quality Task Team is to align City investments, resources and policies to support safe, quality housing and mixed-income neighborhoods. The team will review current programs and policies that address housing conditions, abate chronic nuisance properties, drive investments in new and rehabilitated housing and respond to abandoned and/or foreclosed homes.

The Task Team will focus in six key areas of single-family housing:

  • Abandoned Homes
  • Homes in Foreclosure
  • Chronic Nuisance Properties
  • Substandard Properties
  • Vacant Residential Lots
  • Housing Affordability

Success of the Task Team means:

  • Neighborhoods have a mix of safe, quality, and affordable housing for individuals and families to rent or own (with specific focus on mixed-income and targeted areas).
  • Implementing programs and policies in order to return underutilized, foreclosed, and abandoned homes to the housing market quickly.
  • The City and partner agencies respond to tenants of substandard housing in a coordinated fashion to place families in safe, quality, and affordable housing with any needed supportive services for a higher quality of life.
  • Measures of success will include:
    • Increase in property valuation.
    • Increase in a mixture of housing options, thus creating more affordable housing.
    • Decreased crime rates.
    • Identify measure to reflect better market segmentation/variability in each neighborhood.

Related Documents

Final Report
Project Materials
Meeting Agendas
Meeting Minutes
Meeting Presentations
Additional Materials

Contact Information

Neighborhoods & Business Services
Alicia Ayars