Working together, HDC advocates have ensured that affordable housing is a priority for cities in King County. We’ve helped secure funding for thousands of affordable homes, tenant protections for many of our most vulnerable neighbors, and helped cities implement policies to keep their communities healthy and inclusive.
Through continued advocacy we can ensure that everyone in King County has a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home.
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Local governments know their local affordable housing needs. HB 1797 gives them more ways to meet them.
HB 1797 is our best chance this session to ensure local governments can fund the affordable housing development and preservation that their communities need.
What’s HB 1797?
This bill, sponsored by Rep. McBride (D-48), would help city and county governments support development and preservation of affordable homes in their own communities. If enacted, it would give local governments the ability to implement a 0.1% sales tax for affordable housing, give them the flexibility to use REET dollars for affordable housing, and the the ability to get a one-time reimbursement from the state for their investments in affordable housing.
We can pass HB 1797 this year if we let our lawmakers, friends, and neighbors know about it!
We’ve got four ways you can support HB 1797, and we’ll share a new one each week along with an update on the bill’s progress. Here we go!
Week 1: Email your lawmakers!
Let your lawmakers in Olympia know you want them to support HB 1797. Punch in your address, and you can send a message to your lawmakers urging their support or thanking them for their sponsorship of the bill. We bet you can do it in under a minute.
-HDC Policy & Advocacy Team
Make a Dent in our Affodable Housing Crisis: Support Affordable Homes at Fort Lawton
Near Discovery Park sits a fenced-off, vacant plot of surplus public land. Once the home of Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center, this property is federally-owned and can be given to the city at no cost if it is used for affordable housing.
As affordable housing advocates, we know this is a wonderful opportunity. The site could be redeveloped into nearly 240 affordable homes including apartments and homeownership opportunities. Many of these homes would be available specifically for people currently experiencing homelessness- bringing people inside to safety and health.
These homes won’t be built without your support. Here’s how you can help:
Submit a comment
The City is now accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) through January 29th
The opportunity to develop 240 new affordable homes on surplus public land is one that Seattle can’t afford to pass up. Take action to help make it happen!
Tell your Representatives: Use tax reform to protect, expand, and strengthen affordable housing
November 17th, 2017
The House passed its tax reform plan; the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” today by a 227-205 vote despite widespread criticism from the affordable housing community. The bill now moves to the Senate, which is currently drafting its own Tax Reform plan.
HDC submitted letters to Senators Cantwell and Murray and Representatives DelBene, Jayapal, Reichert, and Smith expressing our concerns.
- Read our letter to Representative Reichert
- Read our letter to Senators Cantwell and Murray and Representatives DelBene, Jayapal, and Smith
- Sample letter to Representatives who cosponsored the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (DelBene, Jayapal, and Smith)
- Sample letter to any Representative (Reichert)
- Sample letter to Senators (Cantwell & Murray)
Speak out for the Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy!
September 20th, 2017
As advocates spread the word about the VSHSL, few things are more powerful than stories. You can help the campaign by sharing yours. Use the simple form below to tell the Yes On Prop 1 campaign in a few words how the Vets, Seniors, and Human Services levy has touched your life- personally or professionally.
#voidSOID in Burien: Urge Council to Adopt Source of Income Discrimination Protections
August 7th, 2017
Burien City Council is exploring the possibility of an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on source of income. We want them to join their South King County neighbors Auburn, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila in recognizing that source of income discrimination (SOID) is a problem that they can- and should- take action to stop. Please join us in urging Council to act quickly to protect Burien renters and implement SOID protections without delay!
Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy: Renew it, expand it, and increase support for affordable homes!
July 27th, 2017
Vote YES for the Vets, Seniors, and Human Services Levy this November
The King County Veterans and Human Services Levy (VHSL) has for over a decade funded critical housing and health services for our neighbors who need them most. This year, the expanded levy includes support for a growing population- older adults.