- 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.
- CM Mosqueda’s Wage Increase for Homelessness Service workers
Legislation that passed out of Council that would increase the wages of frontline staff and homeless service providers by 2%. HDC supported the mobilization efforts of members such as DESC and wrote a letter of support. HDC will continue to highlight the importance of making sure the people in the housing community who do direct service make a living wage.
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 affordable options in Seattle. HDC will continue to work with partners and the Council on ADU/DADUs
Washington’s proposed ADU legislation
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. A year long appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded on November 21, with the hearing examiner deciding on a partial remand which puts the ball back in City Council’s court. HDC will work with the Council and the public to get MHA across the finish line by April.
- Fort Lawton:
The hearing examiner’s ruling on the Fort Lawton FEIS appeal gives lee-way to creating nearly 240 units of affordable rental housing and home ownership options near open space in the Magnolia neighborhood. We are excited to see the Fort Lawton project move forward after a decade of a visionary plan and efforts to redevelop a portion of the Fort Lawton property. HDC worked with partners and electeds and mobilized advocates to submit comment and turn out to testify. Seattle Office of Housing will be posting their redevelopment plan.
Show up on Feb. 11th for an opportunity to provide public comment on the redevelopment plan. We want to urge OH to maximize our housing goals and maintain the goal of 240 affordable homes.
- 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.