Housing Developments: Our Homes, Our Voices, Our (first) Action for Affordable Homes this Month

Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action kicks off May 1

Affordable housing advocates around the country will be calling for increased investments in affordable housing and community development May 1st – 8th as part of the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Our Homes, Our Voices Week of Action. This year, NLIHC and advocates are urging congress to reject HUD’s proposal to increase rent burdens and impose work requirements on those of us with the lowest incomes.

You can join in to their National Call-in Day on May 7th, tweetstorm on May 8th, and by signing their letter to Congress.


#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…

  • This Thursday: Implementing Equity in Self, Staff, and Sector Staff at every level are invited to join HDC’s Recruiting Diversity Task Force on Thursday, May 3 from 9 am-12 pm at the Centilia Cultural Center for the Implementing Equity in Self, Staff, and Sector to share in a facilitated dialogue and to be in a gracious space. Register here.
  • DON of a new era?​ Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan shook up the Department of Neighborhoods Friday. Current Director Kathy Nyland will shift to a senior advisory role in Parks effective 5/16. Taking Nyland’s place as acting director will be Andrés Mantilla. Meanwhile at HSD, concerns about oversight amidst homelessness efforts.
  • A shelter for women and families on the Eastside is scheduled to break ground in 2019, literally and figuratively. The 24/7 shelter will be the first of its kind in East King County.
  • “This is what homelessness looks like for my mom,” thousands of neighbors around King County live in their vehicles, Melody Clark’s mother was one.
  • Rebooting the reboot? Amidst One Table conversations, All Home considers new ways, and potentially new structures, to coordinate homelessness responses around the county.
  • Olympia’s approach to Seattle’s homelessness crisis is to focus on land & other long-term resources Speaker Chopp told the Capitol Hill Community Council last week.
  • Eight finalists have been selected for Kent’s vacant council position.
  • “Generational Friction” and other tensions in Seattle’s zoning debate got national spotlight in Politico last week.
  • Redmond City councilmembers aren’t overlooking Overlake development, urging staff and one another to explore ways to lead on both housing and commercial affordability.
  • Seattle Advocates: Three more public hearings on MHA remain! D2, you’re up next. Show up to ensure new growth in Seattle includes affordable homes.
  • Join Rep. Macri and Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna at our Affordable Housing Week KICK OFF Rally May 14th! Register here.