Housing Levy Administrative and Financial Plan
As the Office of Housing policy changes, HDC is advocating for strategies and programmatic areas that include: robust affirmative marketing needs to be planned and implemented, advance community preference policies, review residential prevailing wages, use public sites for affordable homeownership, and more. Read HDC’s full comment letter here. Seattle City Council voted to adopt the A&F plan on June 17th.
CM Mosqueda’s Racial Equity Toolkit Analysis of Seattle’s Growth Plan
CM Mosqueda proposed an amendment that creates a Statement of Legislative Intent to ask for a racial equity toolkit to be performed before the next Comprehensive Plan for the city. HDC urged our members to support. This work will pick back up again in the late-spring and summer.
Human Services Contracts: Adjust for Inflation The cost of delivering services and sustaining the organizations who are the frontline of Seattle’s commitment to human services and human dignity is increasing, but the city’s investment in these organizations and workers has not risen to match inflation. We are working with the Coaltion on Homelessness, DESC, Plymouth, Youthcare, El Centro, and other partners to secure a sustainable solution to this yearly problem. Take action now to tell Council you support valuing this work and maximizing the impact of our investments into this sector. Join us to testify on July 11th.
The City issued an environmental impact statement on accessory dwelling units in Seattle. The Queen Anne Community Council opposed the implementation of ADU/DADUs in Seattle. Many housing activist groups like MOAR and Share the Cities have worked hard to mobilize in support of ADU/DADUs as another option to adding to our affordable housing stock. HDC and Seattle 4 Everyone have been working to mobilize in support of using all the tools in our toolkit to increase housing options in Seattle. HDC will continue to work with partners and the Council on ADU/DADUs. The Council will have a final vote on June 24th.
HDC has worked hard since HALA’s Grand Bargain to implement a citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability Program. HDC and Seattle 4 Everyone worked to mobilize community members in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods to pass the upzones and MHA. After years of public meetings, policy back and forths, and dedicated advocacy, a citywide MHA new affordable homes in the 27 urban villages that were upzoned.
Fort Lawton (Passed):
The Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan has been moved from the Mayor’s office to Seattle City Council. The Plan would use underutilized land at a former military site for 237 affordable homes including affordable homeownership opportunities and apartments for low-income seniors and formerly homeless individuals with on-site supportive services. HDC along with organizing groups like Tech 4 Housing have been turning folks about to testify and submit letters to the Office of Housing.
Multi-Family Tax Exemption
The Multifamily Property Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program provides a tax exemption on new multifamily buildings in exchange for setting aside 20-25% of the homes as income- and rent-restricted. The MFTE program in Seattle will begin it’s renewal process this summer, and HDC will be working to turn our members out to advocate for the renewal as this is a crucial tool in making sure Seattle’s continued growth work for everyone. The Office of Housing will be hosting a public meeting on June 26th to begin the renewal process.
SDC and Water Services Requirement Here is HDC’s comment letter to Mayor Durkan in regards to the pending plan to revise requirements of what is to be built by the developers for the water system infrastructure and potentially adding system development charges. HDC is advocating to protect low-income households from surcharge on their rent or mortgage and exempting low-income housing developers.