Average Seattle worker can’t afford to live here

City looks for solution to lack of affordable housing

Noam Gundle’s income as a science teacher at Ballard High School is enough to buy less than half a typical house or three-quarters of a condo, based on last year’s sales prices.

But he earns too much money to qualify for programs that help low-income residents buy homes.

Employers agree that housing costs are becoming an issue when hiring. Companies have a harder time attracting and keeping workers and may even move where employees can afford homes. "Jobs follow workers," John McIlwain, a senior Urban Land Institute fellow, warned recently.


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