The Office of Planning and Community Development has launched an Equitable Development monitoring program that includes a new Displacement Risk Indicators dashboard and Community Indicators of Equitable Development report. The City will be tracking areas where displacement risk for communities of color continues to rise, as well as monitoring housing affordability, economic opportunity, and other metrics. This ongoing program will provide data to City leaders and the public to help guide decisions to advance equitable development and mitigate displacement risk.
The Community Indicators Report spans a range of topics including housing affordability, neighborhood livability, transportation, education, and economic opportunity. Analysis is included by race and neighborhood, with a focus on communities of color. This first report provides a pre-COVID baseline to inform work to address intensifying inequities and to help us gauge progress in becoming a more equitable city.
The Displacement Risk Data Dashboard presents interactive data on who is most at risk of displacement and where these pressures are currently concentrated to aid Seattle’s ongoing fight against displacement.
One displacement risk indicator the City is tracking is the number of single-family homes that have sold twice within a year, indicating that the home may have flipped after a quick remodel. Data indicate that the number of home flips doubled from 233 in 2014 to 520 in 2015, and that over the last 5 years, an average 485 homes have flipped each year. The highest number of flips are found in Delridge and Rainier Beach, two neighborhoods with a high percentage of people of color.