Posts for 'Housing Justice'

Petition: United with Central District Tenants Against Eviction & Displacement!

March 18th, 2019

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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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Powerful letter to Mayor Durkan from Halcyon Mobile Homeowner

February 26th, 2019

Below is a letter my office received from a homeowner at the Halcyon Mobile Homes Park, Patty Zeitlin, in response to a recent letter from Mayor Durkan attacking the Halcyon community’s hard won moratorium stopping redevelopment of their community. We stand proudly with fighters like Patty in their struggle to stay in their homes and […]

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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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Preserving the Showbox Theater

July 30th, 2018

Friends and fellow activists, I have heard from many of you who are outraged to learn that a real estate developer intends to replace Seattle’s historic Showbox theater with a high-rise apartment building. This is yet another example of how development and construction decisions in Seattle are being driven primarily by whatever will make the […]

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Build the Affordable Housing Alliance! Sign-on to the Fight for Economic Eviction Assistance today!

August 1st, 2017

Skyrocketing rents are forcing thousands of renters to move out of their homes, sometimes every year as rent increases of 10%, 50%, and higher become increasingly common. The Affordable Housing Alliance is working to build a movement of tenants to fight for massive investment in publicly owned affordable housing, and rent control. We are also […]

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Seattle Renters: Share Your Economic Eviction Story!

August 1st, 2017

Join Seattle’s Affordable Housing Alliance! Fight for affordable housing, rent control, and economic eviction assistance! Skyrocketing rents are forcing thousands of renters to move out of their homes, sometimes every year as rent increases of 10%, 50%, and higher become increasingly common. We know the cost to tenants and communities is enormous, but our stories […]

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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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WA State Should Urgently Repeal the Ban on Residential Rent Control!

January 23rd, 2017

On January 17, 2017, I sent a letter to Washington State House Speaker Frank Chopp and the House Local Government Committee, calling on them to reject HB 1082, an unjust bill that would have prohibited multiplicities from enacting commercial rent control. Cities like Seattle, where small businesses and working families face skyrocketing rents, need to […]

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A Letter to State Lawmakers Supporting Rent Control

January 17th, 2017

On January 17, 2017, I sent the following letter to House Speaker Frank Chopp and the House Local Government Committee, calling on them to reject HB 1082, an unjust bill that would prohibit commercial rent control. They should instead use their time to finally repeal RCW 35.21.830, the State’s ban on rent control. January 17, 2017 Dear House Speaker […]

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