Posts for 'Housing'

Homelessness – Addressing the Immediate Crisis and the Path Forward

May 11th, 2017

I frequently meet with neighborhoods to talk  about what we are doing to end homelessness.  This post — albeit lengthy — offers  updates you can share with your neighbors.  If you read this to the end and follow the hyperlinks, you may be surprised at how much is really happening and the scope of the efforts to […]

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The If Project

April 14th, 2016

Eight years ago Seattle Police Detective Kim Bogucki received a stack of essays from Renata, an inmate at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW at Purdy). With these essays as a foundation, Kim and Renata created the If Project, a program with a mission of preventing future crime, supporting former inmates in re-entry, and […]

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The Year in Review: Oh the Places We’ve Been and the Path We’re on for 2015!

January 9th, 2015

Thank you so much for helping make 2014 such a powerful year.  It is no secret how much I love this city and my job, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments we are achieving together.  It is an enormous privilege to represent you on City Council. I would like to share with […]

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From Streets to Shelter

October 30th, 2014

Even though we provide millions of dollars for supportive housing, according to the One Night Count last January 3,123 people remain on our streets county-wide, without permanent shelter. This is a public health and public safety crisis–for those who are unsheltered and for everyone in the community. I heard powerful testimony from those who attended […]

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Creating Clean, Safe, Affordable Places to Live — Tiny Houses and more.

September 16th, 2014

Last spring I visited Quixote Village in Olympia and suggested we should build 1,000 small houses region-wide for those who want to live in compact affordable homes or to bring people who are homeless in from out of the rain. You can read my views here. Panza, a faith-based non profit working with the City […]

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Safe and affordable housing — and a job opening to help make it happen

January 11th, 2013

I believe that everyone in our city has a right to safe and healthy housing. The facts are that while most of the rental housing stock in Seattle is sound and habitable, we know there is a significant percentage that is not. That which is not habitable tends to disproportionately impact low income people and […]

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Toward the long-awaited renovation of Building 9

November 8th, 2012

At the upcoming special November 20, 11 a.m. Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, we will discuss proposed legislation – a council bill and a resolution – that address the Sand Point Overlay. While the legislation is specific to Subarea C (see map), Building 9 will be discussed because it falls within this area. Building 9’s […]

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In COBE with Roosevelt today

December 14th, 2011

I want to commend the efforts of the Roosevelt neighborhood. At a time when we hear “NIMBY” tossed about so flippantly, these neighbors did exactly what we wanted of them, and what we asked of them. They created a Neighborhood Plan, accepting–even enhancing–growth and density in Roosevelt, not fighting it. I extend a genuine and […]

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Homeless families can use what you don’t

November 3rd, 2011

Winter is rolling in, with its dark nights and blasts of Arctic air. It’s the time of year when my worry increases for those on our streets with no warm home to welcome them. This year, as I’ve done for over a decade, I’m focusing my personal efforts to give women and homeless families a […]

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The Comp Plan: a roadmap for the next 20 years

July 26th, 2011

I’ve posted this reminder before, but here’s a new push to remind people that the decisions the city makes now will have great implications in the future. We need your thoughts on updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan – the vision for how Seattle will evolve over the next two decades. There’s a great YouTube video that explains the purpose of the Comp Plan and directs […]

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