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Housing Developments: #HALAyes HALA-baloo

#HALAyes Celebration Tomorrow!

Join the Seattle For Everyone Coaltion in saying #HALA-lujah for the accomplishments of 2017! Festivities run from 5:30-7:30 pm at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. RSVP here.

A new reason to celebrate: OPCD released final MHA EIS and Zoning Maps last week! Seattleites had a lot to say, from the Times to Capitol Hill to …possibly the courts?  A few HDC members even have a project in the Central District MHA-ready! There’s plenty to talk about, we’ll keep you posted.

Other Developments…

  • Prop 1 passed! Many thanks to everyone who helped get out the vote, and voted themselves, to renew and expand the Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy.

  • Durkan & Dhingra drove it home on Election Day: Read about Mayor-Elect Durkan’s transition team and a prediction from over the mountains on what Senator-elect Dhingra’s victory means for a capital budget.

  • HOMES tax or head tax? Whatever you call it, Seattle City Council is still debating it.

  • Proposed federal budgets and the House GOP tax plan have serious implications for Affordable housing development. HDC submitted letters of concern to our electeds representing King County districts in DC this week, and our friends at WSHFC didn’t mince words, either.

  • Meanwhile, Representatives DelBene, Jayapal, and Smith introduced their Access to Affordable Housing Act, which is similar to Senator Cantwell’s bill introduced earlier this year.

  • Student homelessness increased in every neighborhood but one, according to a new report from ICPH. You can attend a webinar about this report on Wednesday.

  • An opportunity you’d be CRA-zy to miss: You can attend a Washington Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) roundtable hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco tomorrow.

  • Bellevue City Council is considering changes to Development Services permit fees.

  • Deadline to submit comment about ADUs & DADUs is Thursday. If you have thoughts on ADUs and DADUs, share them with the city by November 16th.

  • Kent is the 2nd-fastest growing city in the country, and HDC boardmember Ben Wolters got to talk to KING 5 about it.

  • RFP for Northgate Equitable TOD: Tell the county your $20 million dollar idea by December 21st. 

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HDC Member Sign-on: Protect PABs in Tax Reform Plan

HDC Members:

The Ways and Means Committee is currently considering the House GOP’s tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which seriously threatens affordable housing development in Washington state and nation wide.

HDC has drafted letters to leaders in DC representing King County Districts asking that they stand strong against the proposal and protect Private Activity Bonds and expand the LIHTC rather than reducing it’s effectiveness. We are asking our members to join us by co-signing.

Sign our letter to Representative Reichert

Sign our letter to Senators Cantwell & Murray, and Representatives DelBene, Jayapal, and Smith

Please have an authorized representative from your organization sign on by this Sunday, November 12th at 5 pm. Reach out to me with questions.

Thank you,

Kylie Rolf
Government Relations and Policy Director

Housing Developments: Remember, Remember the 7th of November

Tomorrow’s a big day.

King County Elections will finally take place:

Here’s just one more awesome editorial for #YesOnProp1, because tomorrow is the last day you can vote to renew and expand this vital levy for Vets, Seniors, and Human Services (and because we personally cannot get enough good stories like Monique’s.)

King County Elections and Crosscut have information on candidates and ballot measures county-wide. Seattle residents who are picking a mayor last minute may also find helpful this KNKX’s piece and this infographic by Campion, HDC, SKCCH, The Housing Alliance Action Fund.

Here’s where to turn your ballot in and what to do if you lost it.

It’s the last day to nominate your favorite advocate for Advocate of the Year! 

Who should be recognized for taking action for safe, healthy, and affordable homes this year? Who inspires you? Let us know by 11 pm tomorrow. (Note that nominees must be work for an HDC member organization.)

…and it’s National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

Oddly specific, yet delicious.

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Housing Developments: Haunted Edition

Who should receive our Advocate of the Year Award?

It’s high time we recognized the people who advocate for our movement and inspire others to take action for safe, healthy, and affordable homes for all. Nominate someone you know to receive our first ever Advocate of the Year Award by Nov 7th. Nominees must work for an HDC member organization.

Other Developments…

  • 8 days remain until Elections: The Times thinks the winner of the affordability questionwill win the race to be Seattle’s next mayor. Who has the best answer? Check out this helpful and beautiful infographic from Campion, Housing Alliance Action Fund, HDC, and SKCCH to decide for yourself.
  • The Seattle Times began an exploration of homelessness with an article about bottlenecks, and another about the 65 people who died outside while experiencing homelessness this year.
  • Seattle City Councilmembers passionately debated a ‘head tax’ to fund services for people experiencing homelessness.

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Taking a Stance on Homelessness in Seattle: Mayoral Candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon speak out on the issues

HDC is proud to present a Seattle Mayoral Candidate fact sheet, created in partnership with the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Housing Alliance Action Fund, and the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness.

The fact sheet below introduces and explains five of the most critical issues our community is facing and includes statements from candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon with their ideas on solving this issue.

Housing Developments: Bal-lot to Consider

Ballots arrive this week and some decisions are easier than others.

First of all, #YesOnProp1, obviously. Secondly, the rest of the ballot is up to you; but that’s not to say you’re on your own. Here are a few resources to help you make an informed decision:

In Seattle:
Rewatch the Durkan vs Moon debate on Growth, Affordable Housing, and Homelessness hosted by the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness, Solid Ground. You can also read about it here.

Around King County:
 The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger have published their endorsements for the election, and Crosscut put together a handy election compendium.

Read about ballot measures, candidates, and the logisitics of returning your ballot at the King County Elections website.

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Housing Developments: Homeless in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom

Join us Thursday for “probably the best movie you’ll see this year”

The Gates Foundation and A24 Films (the firm who brought us last year’s Best Picture winner ‘Moonlight’) have partnered with HDC, WLIHA, and The Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness to host a special screening of ‘The Florida Project.’ Join us this Thursday, 10/19 at AMC Pacific Place for cocktails at 5, film screening at 6, and a Q&A with director Sean Baker immediately following. The event is free, but space is very limited and registration is required.  Get on the list by RSVPing today to [email protected]

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Housing Developments: Sign from The Times

Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy endorsed by The Seattle Times!

“The proposal should be an easy yes vote for King County residents.” We agree! You can support the levy by phone banking, endorsing, or sharing your story here.

Other Developments…

  • “If you don’t take the risk, why exist at all?” Doris Koo and the courage it takes to face an affordable housing crisis.
  • TODAY- October 9th- is the deadline for King County residents to register online to vote on the November 7th general election. Remember that you don’t need a house to vote!
  • The Uptown rezone was passed by Seattle City Council last Monday. The rezone adds affordable housing requirements and declares the neighborhood an arts and cultural district.

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Community Impact with a Personal Touch

Danielle Moser (left) and Joe Sky-Tucker (right) of Business Impact NW

The ever growing presence of chain businesses and a surging real estate market have pushed the risk proposition of being a small business owner to a recent extreme. Maintaining market-competitive pricing in some of the more expensive districts of Seattle without the resources of a multi-state or national company can be a great challenge to many local businesses. However, if built to last, local business adds an identity and sense of culture to the surrounding area.

In that effort, Business Impact NW (BIN) has been creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses to be successful for 20 years. Many locally owned ventures such as coffee shops, restaurants, and yoga studios that comprise the communal landscape have sought Business Impact NW for support at some point.

“Our goal is to improve quality of life… If you’re reducing the wealth gap then the ability for a family to improve their community and their life grows exponentially.” Danielle Moser, Development and Communications Director at BIN.

BIN’s support of local business comes in two forms: lending and technical assistance. Both services are offered in-house, and the financial startup process can largely happen within the comfort of the same tight-nit team.

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Housing Developments: Live from Housing WA!


HDC staff are in Spokane this week for the 24th annual Housing Washington Conference! If you’re in the Lilac City, too,  catch our presentation on source of income discrimination, visit us at booth 20 to take our prize wheel for a spin, and let us know what great things you’ve been up to. Can’t attend? Follow along on social media using #HousingWA2017

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