Housing Developments: Bal-lot to Consider

Ballots arrive this week and some decisions are easier than others.

First of all, #YesOnProp1, obviously. Secondly, the rest of the ballot is up to you; but that’s not to say you’re on your own. Here are a few resources to help you make an informed decision:

In Seattle:
Rewatch the Durkan vs Moon debate on Growth, Affordable Housing, and Homelessness hosted by the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, Solid Ground. You can also read about it here.

Around King County:
 The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger have published their endorsements for the election, and Crosscut put together a handy election compendium.

Read about ballot measures, candidates, and the logisitics of returning your ballot at the King County Elections website.

Other Developments…

  • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for our very first Advocate of the Year award! It’s high time we recognized the people who advocate for our movement and inspire others to take action for safe, health, affordable homes for all. Nominate someone you know by Nov 7th. Nominees must work for an HDC member organization.
  • HDC Members: Join us this Wednesday for a Learn @ Lunch with the Seattle Office of Housing. Registration requested.
  • A new ‘head tax‘ in Seattle could fund services for people experiencing homelessness.
  • In terms of economic mobility, Seattle ranks higher than most. Still, racial disparities persist and pessimism takes a toll.
  • We’re banking on you to help pass Prop 1: The Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy by phonebanking with us!
  • 77 new affordable homes for people experiencing chronic homelessness opened on First Hill last week! Plymouth on First Hill will provide permanent supportive housing in partnership with Harborview.
  • Affordable housing stock in the US dropped 60% from 2010-2016, according to a new report from Freddie Mac. Washington is one of five states where rental affordability for very low-income families also declined.
  • Capitol Hill Station development designs are finalized and nearby two six-story buildings are planned for the site of the Bonney-Watson funeral home. Meanwhile, one in five students at Lowell Elementary down the street are experiencing homelessness.
  • A permanent shelter for families and single women could be coming to Kirkland in 2019.
  • This Wednesday the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) is hosting an Advocacy 101 workshop to focus on the Seattle Budget.

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