Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Kshama’s rent control “Hail Mary” to mobilize her base; it’s illegal but so what?

Her effort to rein-in rents shows why we need her on the Council Honestly, we didn’t initially take the time to read Kshama’s draft rent control law, because in the literal sense, it’s “not going anywhere fast”. State law explicitly … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Housing Preservation, Politics, racial justice

The UN says residential displacement undermines human rights: so are city leaders guilty of human rights violations?

“From mass forced evictions to make way for luxury developments, to nameless corporations purchasing real estate from remote boardrooms, to empty homes and people pushed out of their communities because they simply could not afford to live there…” –United Nations … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, University District, Upzoning

City Council plans changes to Seattle’s “intent to sell” law giving tenants (and nonprofits) more time to buy their low income apartments before owners can sell to developers

Housing Committee may vote as early as July 11th; if strengthened, this little known law passed in 2015 could help save many valued low income apartments when they are put up for sale and allow conversion to tenant owned co-ops … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Our take on Amazon and Microsoft’s recent “gift” to help address Seattle’s homeless crisis

Companies donate $48 million to Plymouth Housing Group: act of generosity or smart move to buy elected leaders’ cooperation? We’re betting you saw the hoopla surrounding recent contributions some of Seattle’s biggest companies made to address our homeless crisis.  Amazon … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Displacement, Neighborhoods, Politics

CM’s Mosqueda and Gonzalez upset that a supplemental EIS is required delaying vote on more UDistrict upzones. Their only concern: “how fast can you get it done?”

Here’s what happened at the Council’s briefing on more UDistrict upzones held with only 24-hour notice posted over a holiday It’s rare you get to testify before all nine councilmembers and for a whole two minutes no less!  But, in … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, University District, Upzoning

June 11th, Tues 530pm, City Council public hearing on CM O’Brien’s ADU/DADU legislation

And scheduled on 18 June 2019, the Council is expected to hold a full council meeting to discuss amendments and possibly vote on O’Brien’s proposed legislation.   We were asked to alert folks to this important upcoming hearing on Councilmember O’Brien’s … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized, Upzoning

I asked an experienced land use consultant to take me through one outcome of the DADU/ADU legislation

Here’s how David Moehring describes the process by which this new ADU/DADU legislation could lead to condo’izing one or more of the units on a site and selling them at very high prices? 1. Existing home owner has 5000 sq … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods