Organizational Info


ARCH was conceived from a study undertaken in the early 1990's by the 'Citizens Affordable Housing Task Force' in Bellevue.  Their work confirmed that:

  • There is a growing need for affordable housing in Eastside King County;
  • There are many gaps in the current delivery system;
  • Local government support is critical to increase the affordable housing supply;
  • Increased local government support compliments the efforts of private sector housing developers; and
  • Local governments that work together can be more effective.

ARCH Organizational Structure

A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) was created in 1992 through an interlocal agreement of several suburban governments in Eastside King County.  ARCH helps establish a teamwork approach to solving local housing issues.

  • Cities continue to take action individually, but through ARCH, their actions can be coordinated with the actions of other ARCH members. Using ARCH, cities build upon the experiences of other members as they develop their own regulations.
  • Funding awards are made through the ARCH Housing Trust Fund process so that city contributions can be coordinated among members.
  • On shared objectives, such as outreach on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), cities can work collectively through ARCH.

The groups that make-up ARCH -- City Councils, Executive Board, Citizen Advisory Board, and Staff-- are described below.


Member Councils play a key role in ARCH's overall efforts. 

  • Councils initially adopt the ARCH interlocal agreement and any amendments.
    • Download 2010 Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement here.
  • Councils review and take action on land use issues that affect affordable housing from recommendations by their Planning Commissions.
  • Councils review and take action on ARCH work programs and administrative budgets.
  • Councils review and take action on the use of local resources for projects recommended through the housing trust fund process and for specific projects.

Following is a list of links to our members' website homepages:

Beaux Arts Village Medina

Link to map of ARCH Sphere of Influence

Bellevue Mercer Island
Bothell Newcastle
Clyde Hill Redmond
Hunts Point Sammamish
Issaquah Woodinville
Kenmore Yarrow Point
Kirkland King County

ARCH is comprised of 15 Eastside cities & King County.

Executive Board 

Consists of member executive level staff (City Manager or Elected Mayor). The Executive Board supervises the Citizen Advisory Board and ARCH staff in the day-to-day administration of the work program and budget, and forwards housing trust fund recommendations to members for approval.  

Citizen Advisory Board

The ARCH Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) consists of twelve to fifteen community residents and housing professionals that work with ARCH staff to develop recommendations for the Housing Trust Fund and work program activities.  The CAB forwards these recommendations to the Executive Board for approval.  The CAB also helps coordinate various outreach efforts including the ARCH Community Housing Awards. Citizen Advisory Board members contribute an understanding of community affordable housing issues, as well as certain specialized perspectives including planning, finance, real estate, housing development, assisting low income households and persons with special needs, faith community, racial diversity, architecture and residents of affordable housing.  The CAB also strives to be representative of the Eastside communities that make up ARCH. Eastside residents interested in serving on the ARCH Citizen Advisory Board should contact ARCH for more details.


Consists of a combination of staff hired by ARCH and staff loaned by the City of Bellevue.  ARCH staff, in concert with member staff, work directly with the Citizen Advisory Board, housing developers, and the public, in the implementation of the annual work program.  

"These days it takes creativity and flexibility to make any affordable housing projects come to fruition.  ARCH is an invaluable resource to its member jurisdictions and housing developers in structuring partnerships that work and enabling local jurisdictions to leverage their limited resources." 

Tom Granger
Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of East King County


"ARCH has helped our city immensely, first of all in helping us to establish policies and then following through with real projects."

Former Redmond Mayor and ARCH Executive Board Member, Rosemarie M. Ives 


"The Citizen Advisory Board brings together broad expertise to review and make recommendations on ARCH Housing Trust Fund projects.  This allows projects to be thoroughly evaluated so that local resources are used most efficiently."  

Karen Tennyson,