Housing Developments: Four down, D1 to go
Mandatory Housing Affordability: Final in-district public hearing on Tuesday
With four hearings down, we’re in the homestretch for public hearings on Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. District 1 is next!
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MHA is so close to the finish line thanks to the hard work and support of dedicated advocates like you. Thank you for helping ensure that when new development comes to your neighborhood, it includes affordable homes.
- More than 12,000 people were counted as homeless during this year’s point-in-time count, a 4% increase over last year. For the first time, over half of those counted were in tents, vehicles, or other places besides shelter, with the biggest increase vehicle residency. People of color and LGBTQ+ communities continue to be disproportionately represented among those counted, and this year organizations representing Native Americans believe they were undercounted. It’s not all bad news, reports KUOW. Homelessness declined among veterans and families, youth homelessness held steady.
- Beyond numbers, hear the voices of people who have experienced homelessness and those working to end it with Project Homeless this Thursday night.
- Christmas in July for Capitol Hill Station: construction will soon begin on the transit-oriented development above light rail which will include 176 affordable homes.
- Pitching Safeco Field maintenance and affordable housing against one another. King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove spoke in favor of using hotel-motel lodging tax dollars to fund affordable housing instead of field maintenance.
- The Difference a Home Makes: Five HDC members hosted a community dialogue to foster understanding between their clients with other community members during Affordable Housing Week. Good work, Attain Housing, Congregations for the Homeless, Imagine Housing, Lifewire, and the Sophia Way!
- Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a proposal for 500 new shelter beds last week. The proposal includes funding for both new and expanded shelters from a sale of publicly-owned land.
- Rent in Kent up 4.3% from last year and has increased for seven months straight, reports the Kent Reporter.
- 19 months and counting: local home prices continue to lead the nation. Home prices in the Seattle-Metro area increased 13% in the time from March 2017-March 2018, exactly double the national index.
- Both sides of the head tax debate are hitting the streets as opponents gather signatures for a possible November referendum.
- “The energy level for backyard cottages seems to be growing” but is Seattle ready to take ADUs & and DADUs mainstream? The City is accepting comments on its Accessory Dwelling Unit Draft EIS until June 25th.
- Affordable housing tops the list of needed amenities, poll of local immigrants reveals.
- Impact fee discussion back on in South King County cities. Kent City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to adopt a cap on impact fees charged to residential developers within the city limits.
- Naloxone Training for Case Managers and Housing Providers 6/5: The Coalition on Homelessness and King County Department of Community and Health Services host this free training in Kent. Register here.
- LGBTQ Allyship is accepting applications to be a part of the 2018 Housing Justice Institute! The deadline to submit an application is June 7th at midnight.
- Washington Home Ownership Resource Center hosts State Homeownership Convening on June 13th in Tukwila: Registration is now open for the third annual statewide homeownership convening!