Housing Developments: Rally with us today and all week long!

Affordable Housing Week kicks off TODAY at noon!

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Ensuring everyone in our region has a safe, healthy, and affordable home takes each and every one of us. Affordable Housing Week is a time to celebrate what we have accomplished together and what’s ahead. Join us Monday to kick off our third annual rally and march for #Homes4AllKC!

12-1:30 pm at SEIU 775,  215 Columbia Street
featuring Rep. Nicole Macri, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, and King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, who will lead us on the short march to King County Council Chambers

1:30-2 pm King County Council Chambers, 516 Third Avenue
Join us in accepting the King County Council’s Affordable Housing Week proclamation!

No matter who you are or where you live in King County, there is something you can do for housing affordability in your neighborhood. Learn about what you can do and share ideas with others during an event-filled week! See the full calendar here.

Other developments…

  • All eyes on Seattle City Hall as council considers an employee hours tax. Last Friday, the council finance committee voted 5-4 to advance a $75 million ‘head tax’ to the full council, and against a smaller proposal from Mayor Durkan. Council will vote this afternoon on the proposal
  • $360-410 million per year. That’s what it would take to end homelessness in King County at its current levels, according to a new report from McKinsey. It’s also a far greater number than current spending. The report calls for 85% of the extra funding to be investments in affordable housing.
  • “I’d like to live somewhere where I don’t have to have roommates.” Q13 covered last week’s public hearing in District 2 on Mandatory Housing Affordability. The MHA Program is in only six neighborhoods so far, and KUOW offered an early check-in.
  • Mother’s Day-feel good story: Two Men and a Truck’s “Movers for Moms” campaign benefits The Sophia Way.
  • As rents move north, people and businesses go south.  Rising costs are coming to historically black Tacoma neighborhoods, like Hilltop, as Seattle restaurants, along with former Seattle residents, are increasingly moving to south.
  • Twin problems of high cost of living and homelessness top PSRC poll of region worst problems.
  • Scarcity of affordable housing tripping up regional homelessness response, according to a report from the King County Auditor’s Office.
  • Today a Sears Auto Parts, tomorrow, mixed-income housing. Redmond’s Seritage development will include affordable homes and, if city council gets their way, some affordable commercial space, too.
  • New affordable housing coming to Roxy Cinema site in Renton, the developer will use the multi-family tax-exemption to build affordability into their transit-oriented development.
  • Washington Home Ownership Resource Center Forum set for June 13th in Tukwila: Registration is now open for the third annual statewide homeownership convening!