Posts for 'Housing, Human Services, and Health'

Housing affordability committee needs your voice

December 17th, 2014

The City took our first steps this past September toward creating a plan for housing –particularly affordable housing — in Seattle by launching a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee. The group has until the end of May to report back to the Mayor and Council with a vision and recommendations for how to achieve […]

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Budget 2015

November 20th, 2014

We’re just about to end our work adopting a City budget for 2015. Each year we go through hours of review and discussion about available revenue, efficiency, effectiveness and values. This year’s review, wrapping with a Full Council vote Monday, Nov. 24, like most others I’ve had the privilege to be part of, has focused […]

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Field trips during 2015 budget review

November 12th, 2014

Councilmembers have been locked in 2015 city budget review for the past few weeks on our way to a final vote the Monday before Thanksgiving. It’s a little difficult to schedule other work during this time because we’re in three-hour sessions morning and afternoon, but breaks do come up to give staff time to research […]

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Linkage Fees

October 17th, 2014

Councilmember O’Brien and I submitted a guest opinion piece to the Seattle Times about linkage fees.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here:   Guest: Seattle needs a linkage fee to make housing more affordable for lower-income residents

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Home, it’s where I want to be.

September 23rd, 2014

Just got back from the official launch for our new housing affordability and livability plan. The plan, outlined in this resolution, convenes an advisory committee to establish a Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, due to Council and the Mayor in May. There’s more information in the Mayor’s press release. Below are my comments as […]

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Momentum building for a housing strategy

September 4th, 2014

One of my top priorities when I took over the Council’s housing committee this year has been to ignite development of a housing strategy for Seattle. We have master plans for pedestrian and bicycling improvements. We have a comprehensive growth strategy. We have neighborhood-level growth plans. We have a transit plan. We, also, have rising […]

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Seattle is raising its minimum wage

May 29th, 2014

Over the past several months of minimum wage debate I’ve been told to adopt $15 now “because the rent won’t wait.” I’ve been told raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. In meetings I’ve heard questions, positions, opinions, pleadings, demands and accusations. I’ve heard about what was compromised, what was horse-traded and what was a […]

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Just say hello

April 9th, 2014

A few years ago architect Rex Hohlbein arrived at his office on the ship canal in Fremont and saw a guy sleeping, a few possessions around him, on the grass by the canal wall edge. That proved to be the end of his architecture career. Rex built a friendship of sorts with the homeless man […]

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One Night Count 2014

January 28th, 2014

Another One Night Count to end homelessness has come and gone.  Every year, more than 900 volunteers in the Seattle/King County area take to the streets the last Friday morning of January, 2 a.m.-5 a.m., to count those who are living without shelter on our streets. This year, I was assigned to walk under the […]

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My team found Kathryn Ann Blair during the One Night Count

February 6th, 2013

I participated in the annual One Night Count of unsheltered people in King County in the early morning hours of Jan. 25. Hundreds of volunteers participate each year to count and witness. Each year I’ve done the Count I’ve been dispatched with other volunteers to city streets, green spaces, parks and under-passes. Never had my […]

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