Posts for 'Homelessness'

Chateau Apartments tenant Renee Gordon: Time to put people before profits!

March 4th, 2019

  I am honored to stand with the Chateau Apartment tenants, who are facing eviction from their Central District neighborhood by Cadence Real Estate, a big for-profit developer. Last Thursday, I held a press conference with the Chateau tenants, clergy, and other community supporters. Renee Gordon, one of the tenants, spoke up – her statement […]

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Honor racial and social justice: My letter to Mayor Durkan, calling on her to include the community and workers in a comprehensive search for a permanent Human Services Department director

February 7th, 2019

I have written a letter to Mayor Jenny Durkan, explaining why I have not advanced her nomination of a permanent director of the Human Services Department, and calling on her to involve city workers, the community, and human service providers in an open, transparent, and inclusive candidate search. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ February 7, 2019 Dear Mayor Durkan, […]

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Council Majority Shamelessly Vote Down Affordable Housing in South Lake Union

April 10th, 2017

On April 10, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted in favor of upzoning South Lake Union and Downtown. Councilmember Herbold introduced an amendment to increase the pitiful 2.1% affordable housing requirement included in the bill to 5%. This should have been a straightforward yes vote for a City Council that claims to be progressive. And even 5% […]

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Build 1,000 Homes Coalition Wins $29 Million for Affordable Housing!

November 17th, 2016

Dear fellow housing justices advocates, Congratulations to you all! Our affordable housing movement scored a major victory yesterday! We forced the City Council to approve $29 million for affordable housing in the 2017-2018 Seattle budget.  Let’s be clear: We won this because we built our Coalition and a movement. We made it impossible for corporate […]

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Next Steps for 1,000 Homes!

November 8th, 2016

Dear fellow housing justice advocates, Thank you so much for all of your great work on the Build 1,000 Homes campaign! In the last two weeks, our coalition of 65-plus organizations has called, emailed, and met with City Councilmembers to urge them to Build 1,000 Homes. We have succeeded in showing the Council that there […]

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Faith Communities Agree: It’s Time to Build 1,000 Homes!

October 26th, 2016

On October 25, the Church Council of Greater Seattle led a coalition of 18 congregations and 68 faith leaders calling on Councilmembers to support the growing campaign to build 1,000 homes, and to vote YES when the budget amendment comes before Council. Read their letter (PDF) below. For the full list of sponsors, click here. Learn more […]

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The Build 1,000 Homes Coalition Keeps Growing!

October 26th, 2016

The Build 1,000 Homes Coalition keeps growing! From the People’s Budget Town Hall to the public hearings on the budget, one thing is clear: When ordinary people in Seattle have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget, they point to the urgent need for affordable housing and human services. In October, grassroots organizers rallied around […]

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Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes – Frequently Asked Questions

October 14th, 2016

From the People’s Budget Town Hall to the public hearings on the budget, one thing is clear: When ordinary people in Seattle have the opportunity to weigh in on the budget, they point to the urgent need for affordable housing and human services. At the heart of our demands is an amendment to reallocate the $160 million […]

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The City Must Not Sweep Camp Second Chance

August 12th, 2016

Yesterday, my office visited Camp Second Chance, a well-organized, self-managed, clean and sober homeless encampment in Seattle. It is currently located on unused city-owned land, in one of the Myers Way Parcels. At the beginning of August, with only 72 hours’ notice, the City almost evicted them with a characteristically inhumane homeless sweep. Homeless activists, public […]

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People’s Assembly: We Can End Homelessness – Community Organizers Speak Out

March 10th, 2016

The People’s Assembly on February 27, 2016, was exciting and inspiring. More than 400 people packed into City Hall to hear our panel discussion on how we can end homelessness, and engage in organizing workshops on an impressive variety of issues. A number of elected officials joined us or wrote in to the event. I want to […]

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