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Sponsored by Share the Cities, Sierra Club Seattle Group, Housing Development Consortium, 350 Seattle, and Futurewise
Join housing advocates at the October 1rst hearing for the Seattle Surplus Land bill where the whole council will vote!
You may recall CM Mosqueda’s legislation that passed unanimously earlier this summer to give express authority to Seattle City Light to prioritize surplus land for affordable housing. That was just the beginning!
This month her office and equitable housing stakeholders are working to extend this to all other city-owned parcels, to ensure that we prioritize building affordable housing with community amenities on surplus land. If that land is no longer needed for city purposes, we should be building housing! The bill furthers our commitment to fair housing access, and helps provide a means for community-driven development that will produce permanent affordable homes.The bill passed out of committee last week. Thanks to everyone who came out for that.
We hope to see you at the hearing to hear your testimony and see your support for using all the tools available to us to ensure that everyone has access to safe, healthy, affordable homes.
Throughout this year, CM Mosqueda has been working on updating the city’s property disposition policies by collaborating with community groups across Seattle. We appreciate her work and leadership in, passing legislation that gave express authority to Seattle City Light to prioritize surplus land for affordable housing earlier this summer.
• Thank you for unanimously voting to approve the surplus land resolution and disposition policy procedures change out of the Finance and Neighborhood Committee.
• We are in the midst of a housing crisis as a city and we need to ensure that we prioritize building affordable housing for low income families.
• The high cost of land in our city continues to be a barrier to stable affordable housing.
• Research shows that building housing on public land reduces the cost of production by 15 percent.
• If the land is no longer needed for city purposes, we should be dedicating it first and most to building affordable housing!
• We need to ensure that our guiding principles for public property are uses that meet the greatest needs of neighborhoods across Seattle, one of the most important being an assurance that all families have access to affordable homes with community amenities.
• I strongly support that 80% of proceeds from the disposition of surplus property(sold) go to affordable housing causes, such as the Low-Income Housing Fund or the Equitable Development Fund.
• I urge you to ensure that community organizations who want to develop affordable housing for the community are at the table, and that development on public lands meets current and future needs of our residents most at risk of displacement.
• I urge you to support legislation that will help set the stage for true equity as our city grows.