Housing Developments: Becoming a homeowner means giving up 33 avocado toasts per day.

 New Affordable Housing Week events: Parking Panel and a discussion with Attorney General Bob Ferguson!

The Official Affordable Housing Week 2018 Calendar went live last week, and we’ve already added some new events! Check out these two new opportunities:

  • 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act: A Conversation with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson 
    Tuesday, May 15th 1-2:30 pm at Seattle Central Library
    A discussion with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on the successes, challenges, and future of the Fair Housing Act in its 50th anniversary year. Moderated by Emily Alvarado, Manager of Policy & Equity in the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing.
  • Panel: Right Sizing Parking around King County
    Friday, May 18th 12- 1:30 pm at Smart Buildings Center

    How do local parking requirements impact affordable housing development? Join Daniel Rowe from King County and staff from cities around the County for a panel discussion about parking requirements and how they are changing locally.

No matter where you live in the county, there’s something to do near you- with more still yet to come! Which events catch your eye? Let us know using #AHW2018 on Facebook & Twitter.

You and your organization can join #AHW2018 on social media! View our Social Media Guide for details.

  #AHW2018 Theme Song Contest! 

If the thought of safe, healthy, affordable homes for all makes your heart sing, let the world know!Send us a video of you or your team breaking it down for affordable homes by Thursday, May 10th. We’ll announce the winner at our kick off rally on May 14th.

For inspiration, check out last year’s winner Weber Thompson performing their instant classic “Rad Row House.”

Other developments…

  • HDC Members: Learn at Lunch with JLARC this Thursday, April 26th. Hear from JLARC about their ongoing housing development cost comparison study and share your experience in affordable housing development. Register here.
  • Join us for our upcoming Implementing Equity symposium: staff at any level is invited to join HDC’s Recruiting Diversity Task Force on Thursday, May 3 from 9am-12pm at the Centilia Cultural Center for the Implementing Equity in Staff, Self, and Sector to share in a facilitated dialogue and to be in a gracious space. Event is open to  Register here.

  • HDC is treating the Administrative Professional in your life to Happy Hour this Wednesday. Join us from 5-6:30 PM at Elephant & Castle, especially if the administrative professional in your life is you. RSVP requested.
  • If you’re curious how many avocado toasts you’d need to give up to become a homeowner here, the answer is 33 per day.​ The Seattle Time’s Mike Rosenberg, who brought us that cutting-edge analysis, brought it back to basics last week; asking the question “why are Seattle-area home prices so high?”
  • This year the state legislature voted to #voidSOID by expanding source of income discrimination protections to the whole state. Now King County and local cities are making sure their SOID policies align.
  • Residents of an affordable multi-family development in Issaquah protested actions of their new management company.
  • We’re going to hear a lot about property taxes this election year. Mona Das came out swinging on them as she announced her challenge to Senator Joe Fain (R-47th) for state senate.
  • We’re one public hearing closer to $29 million for affordable housing in Seattle. 
  • Sammamish will host an open house this Wednesday, April 25th on the city’s nascent housing strategy plan. More information is available here.
  • “Fragmented” efforts on homelessness in King County frame conversations at All Home. The county’s coordinating body considers streamlining over two-day discussion.
  • Reports from Seattle City Council staff estimate the employee hours tax could fund 2,000 new affordable homes in five years; the Downtown Seattle Association isn’t on board. Tangenitally related: An affordable housing tax on recreational marijuana might be more than a pipe dream in Denver, the Seattle of Colorado.
  • West Seattle residents expressed interest in community land trust models for permanently affordable housing in the Morgan Junction Urban Village.
  • If you missed last week’s public hearing on MHA, Capitol Hill blog has this very thorough recapTip of the cap to every advocate who showed up to ensure new growth in Seattle includes affordable homes- see if your picture made the article! D2, you’re up next.