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Seattle's Housing Gap: Unmet Needs & Challenges

  • Seattle City Hall 600 4th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

The “affordable housing” that is often most difficult to provide and in short supply is housing for those making 0-30% Area Median Income. With consistent cuts to social programs from the federal and state governments, it has more and more come to local governments to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. With intersections of poverty, racism, sexism, addiction, untreated chronic health conditions, and more, these populations – these neighbors – are often left without access to permanent affordable housing or the additional support they may need to achieve stability.

Join the Housing, Health, Energy, and Workers’ Rights Committee for a special meeting, where we will explore the data regarding loss of housing for very-low-income households as part of the broader affordability crisis, and what challenges providers and non-profit developers face who are working to meet this need, as well as some ideas on immediate steps that could be taken to overcome these challenges. Our panel includes:

Katie Wilson, Transit Riders Union and Housing For All Coalition
Nicole Macri, Downtown Emergency Services Center
Miguel Maestas, El Centro de la Raza
Johnny Schilling, REACH Program
Gerald Donaldson, Leschi Elementary School

Hosted by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda and Housing For All
Co-hosted by Councilmember Lisa HerboldSeattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant.