Housing Developments: Remember, Remember the 7th of November

Tomorrow’s a big day.

King County Elections will finally take place:

Here’s just one more awesome editorial for #YesOnProp1, because tomorrow is the last day you can vote to renew and expand this vital levy for Vets, Seniors, and Human Services (and because we personally cannot get enough good stories like Monique’s.)

King County Elections and Crosscut have information on candidates and ballot measures county-wide. Seattle residents who are picking a mayor last minute may also find helpful this KNKX’s piece and this infographic by Campion, HDC, SKCCH, The Housing Alliance Action Fund.

Here’s where to turn your ballot in and what to do if you lost it.

It’s the last day to nominate your favorite advocate for Advocate of the Year! 

Who should be recognized for taking action for safe, healthy, and affordable homes this year? Who inspires you? Let us know by 11 pm tomorrow. (Note that nominees must be work for an HDC member organization.)

…and it’s National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

Oddly specific, yet delicious.

Other Developments…

  • Homelessness & housing affordability are top-of-mind concerns for Seattle voters, and it showed at last Wednesday’s budget hearing. (PS If you were there, you got to hear HDC testify in support of @SKCCH’s budget proposal to scale up our response to homelessness with significant investment in actual homes.)

  • We’re stlll #1: For better or for worse, our regional market remained the nation’s hottest for the second year in a row. Coincidentally, last week was also the two-year anniversary of Seattle & King County declaring a state of emergency over homelessness.

  • In fact, the market is so hot right now that your dinner guests might try to buy your house between glasses of wine.

  • An opportunity you’d be CRA-zy to miss: You can attend a Washington Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) roundtable hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco next Tuesday.

  • The Washington State Housing Finance Commission did not mince words on the House GOP’s proposed tax plan, calling it gravely concerning and noting that over 2,000 affordable homes currently planned would not be built in the next two years without key financing mechanisms the bill threatens.

  • Rent control without Rent Control? Seattle Councilmember Sawant proposes that tenants who are priced out of their homes by rent increases of 10% or more in a year be entitled to three months of rent assistance from their landlords.

  • #LezBiLandTogether! Our friends at LGBTQAllyship have released their 2017 survey examining how LGBTQ communities have experienced the housing affordability crisis and local solutions.

  • Much ADU about accessory dwelling units: ADUs and DADUs are one way to residential capacity in low-density areas and some Seattle residents want MOAR. If you have thoughts on ADUs and DADUs, share them with the city by November 16th.

  • Residents of single family zones in North Capital Hill and Loyal Heights have more than 100 white neighbors for every one black neighbor. The Times asks if we can zone our way to racial integration while wonks at The Urbanist explore the path to eliminating single family zoning all together.

  • Here’s a super shareable video from Sightline on how our inadequate supply of housing is like a cruel game chairs that no one really wins.

  • Don’t threaten us with a good time: Our friends at Seattle for Everyone are hosting a #HALAyes Celebration of 2017 accomplishments on November 14th. Join the fun at the Discovery Center from 5:30-7:30 pm.

  • Let’s confront homelessness with the same determination as climate change, writes King County DCHS Director Adrienne Quinn in an opinion piece for The Seattle Times.

  • RFP for Northgate Equitable TOD: Tell the county your $20 million dollar idea by December 21st. 

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