May
28
5:30 PM17:30

ADU Messaging—talking points, art making, information

Let's discuss how we will turn out for a June hearing about backyard cottages, enjoy light appetizers and refreshments, meet other residents who want more housing choices, make signs for an upcoming hearing, & MOAR! 

We will be streaming this meeting, as well as providing materials to any groups that want to speak up for MOAR housing. Let us know if you require any accommodations, childcare, or want to meet with us or come speak to your organization.

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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

D2 Candidate Forum on Transportation, Housing, & Sustainability

Join us for a City Council candidate forum focusing on making Seattle a more affordable and sustainable community. We will be hearing from candidates for City Council in District 2 as they answer questions about housing, mass transit, ensuring everyone is able to use our streets safely and achieving Vision Zero, reducing carbon emissions, and centering racial equity in all of this work.

District 2 includes Chinatown/International District, Little Saigon, SoDo, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Mount Baker, Columbia City, NewHolly, Othello, Seward Park, and Rainier Beach.

The Sierra Club, our partners at the MASS Coalition, Housing Development Consortium and other like-minded organizations are coming together to host this forum.

The forum will be held at New Holly Gathering Hall, which is on the #36 bus line and a ten minute walk from the Othello light rail station. This event is wheelchair accessible and CART services will be provided.

More details and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1034028756986066/

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May
29
6:00 PM18:00

D7 Candidate Forum on Transportation, Housing, & Sustainability

Join us for a City Council candidate forum focusing on making Seattle a more affordable and sustainable community. We will be hearing from candidates for City Council in District 7 as they answer questions about housing, mass transit, ensuring everyone is able to use our streets safely and achieving Vision Zero, reducing carbon emissions, and centering racial equity in all of this work.

District 7 includes Pioneer Square, Downtown, part of First Hill, Belltown, Denny Triangle, South Lake Union, Uptown (Lower Queen Anne), Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia.

This forum is being sponsored by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Subway, Transit Riders Union, Sierra Club, Housing Development Consortium, Cascade Bicycle Club, Disability Rights Washington, and other like-minded organizations.

The forum will be held at SEIU 775 which is located at 215 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104. This event is wheelchair accessible and CART services will be provided.

More details and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2310625515695414/

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May
30
5:30 PM17:30

D4 Candidate Forum on Transportation, Housing, & Sustainability

Join us for a District 4 City Council candidate forum focusing on making Seattle a more affordable and sustainable community. We will be hearing from candidates for City Council in District 4 as they answer questions about housing, mass transit, ensuring everyone is able to use our streets safely and achieving Vision Zero, reducing carbon emissions, and centering racial equity in all of this work.

We’ll be in the auditorium of the Cascade Bicycling Center, in Magnuson Park. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and CART services will be provided. The event is accessed by the number 75 bus and the Burke Gilman trail.

Doors open at 5:30, forum starts promptly at 6:00pm. Mark your calendar!

District 4 encompasses Eastlake, (some of) Fremont, (some of) Maple Leaf, Ravenna Bryant, Roosevelt, University District, Wallingford, (some of) Wedgwood.

More details and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600651136731545/

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Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Tech 4 Housing Monthly Meeting

The Tech 4 Housing monthly meeting is a working meeting where experienced organizers and first time attendees get together to discuss and plan our upcoming advocacy, volunteering, events and other activities. This meeting is a good chance for anyone new to the group to come out, meet others who care about housing, and see what we're all about.

June location TBD.

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Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

Public hearing for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) reform

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are small houses that can be added to an existing single-family home, e.g. a basement unit.  Today, it’s difficult to create ADUs because of onerous requirements like requiring a parking spot for each ADU (which can cost up to $30,000) and size restrictions.

The city is considering legislation that will make it easier to build ADUs by removing the parking requirement, making it easier to build ADUs on less land, and removing requirement that the main house be owner-occupied.  

Seattle will have its (hopefully final) public hearing about ADU reform on June 11th at 5:30pm at City Hall. Hope to see you there!

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

D3 Candidate Forum on Transportation, Housing, & Sustainability

Join transportation, housing, and climate advocates for a District 3 city council candidate forum! Candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions curated by local advocates. This forum will be moderated by Seattle U professor Dr. Larry Hubbell and Seattle Times reporter Heidi Groover. District 3 encompasses Capitol Hill, Central Area, First Hill, Little Saigon, and parts of South Lake Union, Mount Baker, Montlake and Yesler Terrace.

More details and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/669572780152081/

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May
21
5:30 PM17:30

Fort Lawton final public hearing

Seattle is proposing to build up to 240 units of affordable housing at a decommissioned military base called Fort Lawton in Magnolia.  However, the proposed development has been tied up in lawsuits from homeowner groups since 2008.

On Tuesday, May 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Seattle City Hall, the city will collect its (hopefully final) round of public feedback on the Fort Lawton redevelopment.  It’s always great to show up in favor of affordable housing!

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May
21
5:15 PM17:15

D6 Candidate Forum on Transportation, Housing, & Sustainability

Join Transit Riders Union, MASS Coalition, the Housing Development Consortium and Tech 4 Housing for a City Council candidate forum focusing on making Seattle a more affordable and sustainable community. We will be hearing from candidates for City Council in District 6 as they answer questions about housing, mass transit, ensuring everyone is able to use our streets safely and achieving Vision Zero, reducing carbon emissions, and centering racial equity in all of this work.

This forum will be moderated by Heidi Groover (reporter for the Seattle Times and formerly for The Stranger).

District 6 includes Crown Hill, Greenwood, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Greenlake, Tangletown, and Fremont.

The forum will be held at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (lower building), which can be reached via transit on Metro route 5. Bike parking is available on the west side of the building. This event is wheelchair accessible and CART services will be provided.

Doors open at 5:15, forum starts promptly at 5:30pm. We hope to see you there!

More details and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/683299778791719/

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Speak up for affordable housing at the Interbay Open House

In the business of city building, land is generally hard to come by.  However, the Washington National Guard is moving from a 25-acre parcel of land at Interbay and giving it to Washington State.    The state is looking for feedback on what to do with the land – it’ll likely be used for either affordable housing, light industrial jobs, or both!

The Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee is holding a casual open house on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Ballard VFW Hall (2812 NW Market St.) at 6:00 PM to discuss with the public what we should do.  The more people telling them that we want affordable housing, the better!

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Affordable Housing 101: Why is it so dang hard?

Join a coalition of service providers on the Eastside and Tech 4 Housing, and participate in a “head and heart” experience and learn about why the issue of Affordable Housing is such a difficult one. You’ll hear stories from experts on both sides of this crisis—those working to create more and those who are in need of it.

More details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/567175647107196/

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May
14
5:30 PM17:30

People Powered Communities: How Individuals & Businesses Can Invest in Housing Affordability

Come join a discussion with Bellwether Housing, Tech 4 Housing and other guests working to combine public and private resources to address the affordable housing crisis. We'll talk about what's being done and where more work is needed, and you'll learn how the private sector can get more engaged and how ordinary people can help.

More information and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/277460266528578/.

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Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Happy Hour Tour at Mercy Othello Plaza

Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW) & Tech 4 Housing (T4H) team up again for another fun & informative affordable housing event on April 10 from 5:00-6:30P. This time, we're offering an exclusive tour of a MHNW family property, led by a Resident Services team member. During the tour, you will gain a more in-depth understanding of what our affordable housing communities offer.

We invite you to stay for happy hour following the tour—network with other like-minded folks and chat with MHNW staff + T4H organizers to learn more ways you can get engaged! Beverages and light bites will be served.

More info and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/407821963339857/.

Note: We recommend taking public transit, as Mercy Othello Plaza is a transit-oriented development conveniently located across the street from the Othello Light Rail Station (just 23 minutes from Downtown Westlake Station) and bus stops.

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Apr
9
5:30 PM17:30

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup: Council Member Sally Bagshaw

From The Urbanist, more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/287300875528580/:

This month we are featuring Seattle council member Sally Bagshaw. She was first elected to the City Council in 2009 after serving eight years as Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office under Norm Maleng. Sally has also served as business and finance lawyer for both Washington State University and University of Washington. Sally raised two sons, is a certified pilot, and is a proud two-time grandmother. She and her husband, Brad, live in downtown Seattle. She will discussing her time on the council, the issues our city is facing, and taking you questions.

This monthly social event is free, all ages, and open to everyone. Come by if you want to meet other people who care about our city, network, or hear from an inspirational speaker at a local establishment. You can find us in the lower room, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.

We will be meeting at the Panama Hotel Coffee and Tea House in the Chinatown/International District. They have coffee, tea, beer and wine, and food available. They are also a cool independent cafe in a wonderful historic building in one of Seattle's great urban neighborhoods. We hope you can join us!

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Crosscut's News & Brews: Regulating Big Tech

From Crosscut, more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/324613255063112/:

Is it time to break up Amazon? Should we regulate social media monoliths?

Tech industry giants like Facebook and Amazon have incredible power and impact on our lives. As their reach and influence has become more apparent, lawmakers have begun to heed the calls for greater scrutiny, regulation and maybe even breaking them up. Is it time? It is legal?

Join Crosscut and an all-star panel of legal experts, policy advocates and politicians, as we debate these issues together. Complimentary cocktails (and food) provided, to ease the tension.

Crosscut's Political Reporter Melissa Santos will moderate a panel of guests:

Sally Hubbard, Expert on Antitrust & Tech Platforms; Host of Women Killing It! podcast

Reuven Carlyle, WA Senator

Noah Purcell, WA Solicitor General

Jack Kirkwood, Professor of Law at Seattle University

Your ticket includes access to the pre-reception (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM) where you will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers. The program will follow at 7:00 PM and run for approximately (1) hour.

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Mar
18
5:30 PM17:30

AIA's Understanding Homelessness: Lecture by Rex Hohlbein

From AIA Seattle Committee on Homelessness, more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/462432867628743/:

This is the second in a series of events where we invite homeless service providers to talk about their experiences working both with and for those in our community that are living without permanent shelter.

Rex Hohlbein
Founder + Creative Director at Facing Homelessness
Principal at BLOCK Architects
Co-founder of the BLOCK Project

A Seattle native, Rex ran a successful residential architectural firm for 30 years. In 2010, after befriending several men experiencing homelessness along the Fremont canal, Rex started a Facebook page to raise awareness for those living unsheltered through the sharing of photos and personal stories. Today, that Facebook page has over 51,000 followers, becoming a thriving and inspirational non-profit, Facing Homelessness. Rex now combines both architecture and community outreach in starting a social justice architecture firm, BLOCK Architects, with his daughter Jenn LaFreniere.

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Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Coalition on Homelessness' Homelessness Advocacy 101

From Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, more information at https://homelessinfo.salsalabs.org/2019advocacy101udistrict/index.html:

Join Coalition staff and partners for an engaging, fun, and inspiring Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop. Register with this form for the Saturday, March 9 workshop. 

  • Learn how to be an effective advocate – and help others speak up, too.

  • Refresh your 8th grade civics and put it to use.

  • Get good information about current proposals to create more affordable homes and help people while they are homeless.

We the people can influence our elected officials at every level of government to make housing, safety, and justice top priorities. Right now is the time to contact state legislators in Olympia about real solutions for homeless people, and urge them to pass smart policies, fund good programs, and craft budgets that put people first.

Our workshops are fun, free, and open to all! With Friend of the Coalition Nancy Amidei (Civic Engagement Project) and local policy experts, we review how good ideas become laws and budgets, and explain 3-4 key proposals. We provide simple actions, sample messages, and a chance to practice your skills. You will leave informed and inspired, with tools to engage your co-workers, classmates, clients, fellow congregants, and others to speak up and make a difference.Our lively workshops are open to all, and free. You will leave informed, inspired, and ready to join teh movement for housing and other solutions. 


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Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Affordable Housing 101

Interested in learning more about how affordable housing is developed in your own backyard? Join Tech 4 Housing and Mercy Housing NW for a brew and an informative evening learning how affordable housing is developed, engaging with opportunities to get involved with Tech 4 Housing’s advocacy efforts, and connecting with like-minded citizens.

Mercy’s Real Estate Development Team will start with a ‘101’ style presentation and follow with a panel-style Q&A as we dive deeper into the affordable housing system, Mercy’s unique approach to development, and examples of successful communities.

More info and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/337896660150233/.

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Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Mandatory Housing Affordability Citywide Public Hearing

With five hearings down and 18 committee meetings by the Select Committee on Citywide MHA so far, we’re in the homestretch for Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program! Lend your voice to ensure that new development in Seattle includes homes that are affordable.

Public Hearing: Citywide MHA
Thursday, February 21st
5:30 p.m.
Seattle City Hall

MHA is so close to the finish line thanks to the hard work and support of dedicated advocates like you. Thank you for helping ensure that when new development comes to your neighborhood, it includes affordable homes.

More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/512339875957074/

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Feb
18
5:30 PM17:30

Understanding Homelessness: Lecture by Tim Harris

This is the first in a series of events where we invite homeless service providers to talk about their experiences working both with and for those in our community that are living without permanent shelter.

Tim Harris
Founding Director, Real Change
Tim Harris is the Founding Director of the Real Change homeless newspaper in Seattle, and has been active as a poor people’s organizer for more than two decades. Harris has led numerous organizing drives on issues of homelessness and poverty, including a campaign to defeat proposed aggressive panhandling legislation that garnered Real Change the Seattle Human Rights Award for 2010.

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Feb
11
5:00 PM17:00

Speak with Tech 4 Housing for affordable housing at Fort Lawton!

Advocacy opportunity! Fort Lawton is having its final public hearing to discuss building 240+ affordable homes there. It's a great time to let the city know that we need more affordable housing! If you want to speak with Tech 4 Housing, sign up using the Action Network link below!

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/speak-with-tech-4-housing-for-affordable-housing-at-fort-lawton/

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/296904877677014/

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Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Unjust Housing: Racism in Homelessness Panel

  • Northwest African American Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From United Way of King County and Northwest African American Museum, more details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/367987354008145/:

Each year in January, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. As we reflect on his vision, we must also acknowledge the ways our community still falls short.

Homelessness is an injustice. A history of discriminatory housing practices means a disproportionate number of people of color experience homelessness. We can change that.

On January 24, we’ll explore how racism causes housing injustice in King County. You’ll hear from policy experts including Linda Taylor, Housing Director of Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Diane Sugimura, former Director of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club. Join the discussion to address these disparities for a more equitable Seattle.

Light food and drinks are provided, plus time for Q&A. Bring your questions and bring a friend. Parking is free.

This event is open to all with a pay-what-you-can donation. Thanks to our event sponsor, Casey Family Programs, all proceeds support United Way of King County’s work to reduce inequities and move people into homes.

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Jan
19
1:30 PM13:30

Tech&&theClimate

From 350 Seattle, details and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2120691014640980/:

Work in tech? Concerned about climate change? Looking to meet others in this intersection? Join us for a panel & discussion and learn how workers in the tech industry can wield their power for climate justice.

Our panel of tech workers will share how they are using their positions and skills -- as workers in an industry with top-decile salaries, at companies with technical/economic/social power, and during a time of fierce competition for talent -- to push for action on climate change, the most pressing issue of our time.

Together we will discuss and explore how each of us can find our place in the climate movement and work towards a just and thriving planet.

This event is open to anyone in tech—engineers, marketers, business analysts, and anyone in between.

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Jan
5
9:00 AM09:00

Kitchen Support Volunteering at Mary's Place

Is your new year's resolution to do more giving back to your community? Join Tech 4 Housing in volunteering at Mary's Place. We'll help cook meals for all the Mary's Place locations for the week and serve lunch to the guests at the Downtown Women's Day Center. All are welcome! Sign up instructions:

1. Go to www.marysplaceseattle.volunteerhub.com and create accounts using the join code “TECH4HOUSING” to be added to the Tech 4 Housing user goup.

2. Once your account is set up and you’re logged into the site, use the dropdown menu on the front page to scroll to “Downtown Women’s Day Center ”

3. Look for an event titled “Kitchen Support with Tech 4 Housing” on January 5th, 2019 from 9 AM - 1 PM.

4. Sign up for the event, and you’re good to go!

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Dec
4
3:30 PM15:30

Can housing choices support a more equitable Seattle?

  • Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development. More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143414515807989/

The legacy of redlining, restrictive covenants and zoning still impacts racial equity, access to opportunity and wealth creation in Seattle and across the region. How are cities responding in the face of our affordability crisis to both address these historic inequities and create more choices for first-time homebuyers, families with children, seniors, and others?

Join us at our latest installment of our Urban Innovations Speakers Series, Tuesday, December 4 at City Hall. Guest speakers include:

Richard Rothstein - Author of "Color of Law"
Morgan Tracy - Residential Infill Project, Portland
Paula Huber - Making Room Housing Project, Vancouver BC
Jamie Stroble - Seattle Planning Commission

Moderated by Mike Rosenberg, Seattle Times

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Nov
29
6:30 PM18:30

Legislative Housing Forum

Washington CAN, Housing Justice Project, WSLC AFL-CIO, Seattle Women's Commission, YWCA, Seattle Women's Commission, and Disability Rights Washington are hosting a housing forum on Nov. 29th at 6:30pm at the Filipino Community Center. Tenants will share their stories with state legislators and we will do an overview of landlord-tenant laws. 

More details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/339184079960062/

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Nov
13
5:30 PM17:30

The Urbanist Meetup: Climate Change and Urbanism w/ 350 Seattle

More details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/732658620527624/

This monthly social event is free and open to everyone. Come by if you want to meet other people who care about our city, network, or hear from an inspirational speaker at a local pub. You can find us in the billiards room on the lower level, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.

This month's guest will be members of 350 Seattle, a local group that works toward climate justice by organizing people to make deep system change: resisting fossil fuels; building momentum for healthy alternatives; and fostering resilient, just, and welcoming communities. They will be discussing the outcome of the election and initiative 1631 and talking generally about where they see efforts between climate organizers and urbanists aligning, with a focus on what's next after the election, the concept of city climate budgets, and the broader agenda for climate justice in Seattle. We hope to see you there!

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Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

Collaborative Cocktails

Join Tech 4 Housing and the Housing Development Consortium for our monthly happy hour bringing together the tech and housing communities.

Everyone is welcome to join. For anyone who hasn't been to a Tech 4 Housing event before or doesn't know much about affordable housing, this is a great low key place to start.

More details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/205031073725137/

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Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

At Home in the World

The housing crisis is a climate crisis is a housing crisis.

No decision has a bigger impact on our carbon pollution than where we live: a lack of abundant and affordable housing pushes people out of the city, where their emissions are 2-4x as high (due to a lack of good transit, and larger dwellings).

Seattle is already home to many climate migrants, and in coming decades, the Northwest is likely to be one of the most climate-stable regions; many more people will need to move here.

If we care about Seattle being a progressive, sustainable city, we need more housing—citywide, so our most vulnerable communities aren’t the only ones asked to support newcomers. How can we plan for density that’s equitable, and that makes our neighborhoods more vibrant, greener, and better able to support small business and frequent transit?

Join us to hear some of the people most passionate about housing and equity, in conversation about our options, including:

Teresa Mosqueda (Seattle City Council)

Hodan Hassan (Got Green)

Katie Wilson (Transit Riders Union)

Margaret Morales (Sightline Institute)

King County Labor Council

Capitol Hill Housing

....and more!

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE: https://at-home.brownpapertickets.com/

Co-sponsored by Town Hall Seattle and supported by a City Neighborhood Fund matching grant.

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