Tag: low-income housing

Town Hall about Rising Rents with Councilmember Sawant

April 15th, 2015

Next week, on Thursday, 4/23, at 6:00 pm in City Council Chambers, Councilmember Kshama Sawant and I are co-hosting a Town Hall to discuss the impacts of rising rents on Seattle residents and what we can do about it.  I hope that you can join us.  Sponsoring organizations include the Community Housing Caucus, the Church […]


Affordable Living on Capitol Hill

June 9th, 2014

Capitol Hill Housing is accepting lease applications for affordable apartments in their 12th Ave Arts building on Capitol Hill. Units are reserved for those earning 60% or less of the area median income.


Urban Politics #299: Smart & Equitable Growth and New Legislation

September 17th, 2010

Equitable development creates healthy communities of opportunity. Equitable outcomes come about when intentional strategies are put in place to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color participate in and benefit from decisions that shape their neighborhoods. With the economic recession and the Obama administration support for equitable development principles, communities are organizing to use recovery dollars to promote communities that empower those who have been hurt first and worst.


Urban Politics #298: Social Equity and Urban Growth

September 13th, 2010

On Monday evening, Monday September 20, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., I will host an event called Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth? It will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers located on the Second floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, in downtown Seattle.


Urban Politics #192: Seattle’s Homeland Security Costs

March 7th, 2005

City taxpayers and ratepayers funded over half total costs at $45.5 million, or 53% of the total homeland security funding. Consequently, the City relied on significant contributions from its General, Operating, and Capital Improvement (CIP) funds for these security activities. The balance of approximately 47% of the total funding for homeland security activities came from grant sources.


Urban Politics #174: Multi-Family Tax Exemption Ordinance

February 16th, 2004

This program was created in 1998, during my first year on the Council. It was intended to be an experimental 4-year program providing a ten-year property tax exemption for new housing development located in specific neighborhoods that needed more housing.


Urban Politics #163: SHA Changes Rules

September 11th, 2003

After nearly a year the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), working with the Seattle Senior Housing Program (SSHP) Advisory Committee, will adopt new policies aimed at cutting program costs and moving to a tiered rent structure in an effort to guarantee future access to the SSHP for low-income seniors. This is a victory for the seniors who live in this SHA program since 75% of them are at 30% or below of median income.


Urban Politics #138: Creating Space For Artists

September 26th, 2002

For some time now many of Seattle’s blue collar workers who traditionally lived and worked in downtown and other close-in neighborhoods have been pushed out of the City by high rents. People, who work in the arts industry, including artists, comprise a significant portion of these displaced workers. A new nation-wide study by Americans For The Arts reports that in 2000 $134 billion was produced in total economic arts activity in the U.S. This activity generated 4.8 million full-time equivalent jobs, $89.4 billion in household income, and $6.6 billion in local government tax revenues. Ironically, most workers in the arts can no longer afford to live in the urban areas to which their activities initially brought economic viability.


Urban Politics #133: Housing Levy Vote

June 20th, 2002

The $59.2 million Housing Levy adopted by the voters in 1995 has provided a major source of funding for affordable housing in the City, particularly for low-income households. The 1995 Housing Levy ends this year. The Council had committed to putting a new Housing Levy measure on the ballot in 2002.


Urban Politics #109: A Roundtable Discussion On Artists’ Spaces

May 20th, 2001

Join me this Tuesday, May 22, 2001,from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM at The Dome Room in the Arctic Building, 700 3rd Ave, at 3rd Ave & Cherry Street. (enter through the side entrance, off Cherry Street) for a discussion on artists’ spaces.