Posts for July, 2015

How many affordable housing units will HALA Recommendations produce?

July 30th, 2015

On Wednesday, July 20, 2015, I asked representatives from the Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Housing to provide Councilmembers with an accurate accounting of the net number affordable housing units that will result from the implementation of the HALA Committee’s recommendations. The HALA Committee had announced that their recommendations would either produce or preserve 20,000 […]

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Over 1,000 Seattleites Attend Town Hall Debate on Rent Control

July 23rd, 2015

Sign the petition to Support Lifting the WA State Ban on Rent Control On Monday, July 20, 2015, more than 1,000 people overflowed Town Hall Seattle to watch a lively and at times heated debate on rent control. Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and I organized the event and argued in support of rent control, while […]

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Statement on the leaked Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee draft report

July 9th, 2015

The leaked report from the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee (HALA) shows how quickly the primary issue of affordable housing is sidelined when housing advocates are required to reach consensus with big developers in secret, closed door meetings. Conspicuously absent in the draft report are any fundamental solutions, such as charging maximum developer “linkage […]

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