917 E Yesler Way
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Join us at a rally Nov. 7th at 6PM at the Yesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way) to fight for affordable housing!
Seattle is facing an unprecedented affordable housing crisis. And yet, Mayor Durkan and the majority of the Council shamefully repealed the Amazon Tax that our movement fought so hard for, which would have modestly taxed the largest 3% of the city’s corporations to fund affordable housing. As they were repealing the tax, they said they would come up with a “Plan B.”
Four months later, Seattle’s Democratic establishment has yet again failed to provide any solution to the crisis. We cannot wait for them to do the right thing any longer. Our People’s Budget movement and my office have put together three proposals to fund the annual construction of hundreds of units of social housing – that is, high quality, publicly owned, and permanently affordable housing. A massive expansion of social housing will also be a green, unionized, living-wage jobs program, creating construction and maintenance jobs with priority hire. But as we have seen, we will need a movement to fight for and win this.
Social Housing with a Bond: The City could take out a $480 million bond, allowing us to immediately build 3,000 to 5,000 units of social housing.
Social Housing with the Amazon Tax: The second option is through a big business tax, like the Amazon Tax. This could build hundreds of units every year. Despite the repeal, we must not let the Council off the hook politically for stymying the most straightforward and just way for us to actually address the affordability crisis.
Social Housing by Diverting Wasteful or Harmful Expenditure: The City could fund hundreds of units of social housing annually through ending the sweeps of homeless people, slowing down of new police hiring, cuts to things like new computers in police cruisers, and capping Mayor, Councilmember, and City of Seattle executive paychecks.
I look forward to seeing you on November 7th at 6PM at the Yesler Community Center to discuss our next steps to win this crucial battle!