Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 10 affordable homes in pricey Sammamish

The cottage homes are taking shape in one of the Eastside’s wealthiest communities, on land donated by the city to increase its stock of affordable housing.

A drenching downpour at a muddy construction site in Sammamish did little to dampen the spirits of two future homeowners working on the foundations of what will be their new subsidized cottage homes in one of the Eastside’s priciest communities.

Jamal Sadiq, a janitor at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, and Abdulaziz Ahmed, a U.S. Postal Service driver, together with their families, qualified to live in this 10-homeHabitat for Humanity development on land donated by the city.

With the median home price on the Eastside in May reaching $880,000, both men were nearly giddy that they had won a chance at the homes, which, though small, will cost them between $225,000 and $300,000 each.

“There are very good schools here, very good stores. The library is just up the street. I want a good future for my kids,” said Sadiq, an Ethiopian immigrant. He currently lives with his wife and three children in a small, two-bedroom Seattle apartment that he said has a leaking roof and mold in the walls that aggravates his son’s asthma.

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With housing prices in the region climbing beyond the reach of low- and moderate- income workers, many cities on the Eastside are developing affordable-housing plans to try to maintain a diversity of housing types so that people who work in the communities can also afford to live there.

At the same time, the Metropolitan King County Council is poised to create a Regional Affordable Housing Task Force and an advisory group to help set goals and develop strategies and financing to build and retain more affordable units.

“We’re clearly losing the battle here,” said King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, who said the council is expected to vote on the proposed task force Tuesday. “There are a…

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