Housing report for Spokane, WA

Spokane Affordable Housing Report:
Q1 2023

Last updated on Apr 1, 2023
Housing overview of Spokane, WA
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Spokane's burgeoning population and dynamic economy have created a significant demand for workforce housing. In this market report, we analyze the current state of the city's housing market, emphasizing the growing need for affordable and immediate housing.

Spokane has a housing gap of 32,411 units; new construction is a drop in the bucket

  • Population:Across metro Spokane the population has risen to 558,635.
  • Workforce:Spokane's workforce has grown to 290,945, indicating strong economic growth and increasing demand for housing.
  • Housing Unit Demand:To accommodate the population and workforce, Spokane requires 274,329 housing units.
  • Current Housing Stock:The metro area currently offers 241,918 housing units, resulting in a deficit of 32,411 homes.

Spokane workers would need to earn an extra 28.91% to afford the median rental

  • Median Rental Price:The median rent for an apartment in Spokane is $1,222, highlighting increasing rental prices.
  • Income Needed to Afford a Rental:A tenant needs to make at least $43,992 and pay $2,444 upfront to move-in (first month’s rent and security deposit). Typically, to qualify for a home, a landlord requires 3x rent in income, in addition to credit score minimums and eviction checks. Finally, most apartments charge an application fee.
  • Median Income in Spokane:The city's median income is $31,274, demonstrating a significant affordability gap.
  • Affordability Gap:The affordability gap in Spokane stands at $12,718. This means that workers need to earn 28.91% more to qualify and afford the median rental in the greater Spokane area.

Expanding affordable workforce housing in Spokane

So how do we house the growing population of healthcare workers, drivers, technicians, and care workers that make up Spokane’s workforce?
Solution 1: Build more housing
Despite the evident need for housing, only 128 permits have been issued so far in 2023, indicating a slow response from the market to address this demand. This shortage has led to increased rental prices
Solution 2: Relocate workers farther outside of the city
We believe workers in our community deserve to live in our community. While some may desire to relocate further their place of work, this is not a viable solution for all workers.
Solution 3: Do more with existing housing
We can do more with our existing housing to meet the needs of the metro-area population. There are exciting developments to address housing shortages and affordability challenges by increasing housing density. Some examples include converting single-family into multi-family homes, commercial to residential conversions, housing ADUs, co-living, and shared housing. At PadSplit, we are growing the country’s leading shared housing marketplace.
Sources: Census, Bureau of Labor & Statistics, ApartmentList, PadSplit

Shared Housing is a fast, cost-effective way to scale affordable housing for the workforce

PadSplit was founded five years ago and has grown to become the country’s largest shared housing marketplace. Real estate investors, homeowners, and community partners work with PadSplit to provide affordable, dignified housing to workers.
To learn more, check out the following:
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