Housing Developments: Getting Proactive

With Your Help, Kent Can Get Proactive About Healthy Homes

Tomorrow Kent City Councilmembers will vote on a proactive Rental Licensing Inspection Program to protect and improve the health of rental housing in the city! This is great news because it means that buildings will be regularly inspected without tenants having to complain first.

Send in your emails NOW and help to create the third proactive municipal rental inspections program in King County! Help make this great program a reality by urging the Council to vote YES tomorrow.
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Other developments…

  • HDC Members: Got questions about parking requirements and reforms? Join us for next Friday’s Learn at Lunch on Parking Register here.
  • “12th Ave Arts took 13 years and four mayors” Turns out, affordable housing development isn’t easy. Real Change explores some of the reasons why.
  • Housing insecurity is of increasing concern to older adults. A social worker at a Seattle senior center says requests for housing assistance went from rare to weekly in just the last four years.
  • Kenmore’s getting denser and more urban, according to this new profile in Crosscut and the city wants to hear from residents about a new Economic Development Strategy.
  • NLIHC released it’s 2018 Housing Gap Report last week. In Washington, there are only 29 affordable homes for every 100 households with 30% or less of area median income.
  • More moratorium for City of Sammamish, though Mayor Malchow doesn’t expect the moratorium to last the full six months for which it has been enacted.
  • A bill to increase relocation assistance for tenants of mobile homes failed to pass this legislative session, but Rep. Ryu holds out hope for next session.
  • “You’re a paycheck away.” The Housing For All Coalition hosted a House Partyat Cafe Red last week where Seattleites shared their housing stories and ideas for solutions.
  • Folks working at the intersection of climate, equity, and social justice might want to check out this training hosted by King County GreenTools, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, and Built Green
  • Seattle may place a moratorium on rent-bidding websites following the lead of The Associated Students of UW.