Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Tech Solidarity Seattle September Meetup

From Seattle Tech Solidarity:

Our September meeting is a casual, drop-in chat at Optimism Brewing on First Hill. Come meet others interested in community engagement and ethics in the tech community.
Tech Solidarity is a grass-roots organization whose goal is to better connect tech workers with the communities they live in. Our emphasis is on regular in-person meetings, volunteer assistance to organizations serving the vulnerable, and the creative use of labor law in pursuit of an ethical agenda.

More here: https://www.facebook.com/events/299056227238765/

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Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

Urbanist Walking Tour - South Lake Union Boom

  • Museum of History and Industry (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Seattle Tech 4 Housing, The Urbanist and Bellwether Housing on Saturday, September 23 for our Urbanist Walking Tour - South Lake Union Boom. Experts in urban design, history and affordable housing will guide participants through the past, present and future of South Lake Union. We expect this small group tour to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urbanist-walking-tour-south-la…

While South Lake Union is best known for its transformation from a working class warehouse district to a global technology hub, we'll also see a stunning variety of affordable housing projects, from preserved apartment buildings to new towers that utilized incentive zoning. We'll visit contrasting community spaces like a neighborhood p-patch and a mid-block alley built by Amazon, and talk about the changes still to come.

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Sep
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Uptown Rezone Public Hearing

The Uptown rezone would provide for more housing options to allow more people have access to this thriving neighborhood, while ensuring that all new commercial and residential development in the area contributes to income- and rent-restricted affordable homes for families and individuals who need them.

City Council needs to hear from all of us that we support the strongest possible increases in housing capacity and affordable housing requirements.

If you can't attend in person, you can easily email a letter of support.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/868901163258975/

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Aug
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

A conversation with Facing Homelessness

Join sea:change & Seattle Tech 4 Housing for a frank conversation with Sara Vander Zanden, the Managing Director of Facing Homelessness, about pressing issues related to homelessness as well as innovative solutions. Sara came to the issue of homelessness like many of us do - slowly, and through daily exposure to people living outside on her way to work. While the issue once felt too complex to approach, Sara's work at Facing Homelessness has opened her heart. She is honored to help lead a grassroots movement that invites community into the task of ending homelessness, and that ultimately, will bring connection and compassion into the center of our lives.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seachange-no-5-a-conversation-with-facing-homelessness-tickets-36415878874

About Facing Homelessness & their exciting new initiative, The BLOCK Project:

Our mission is to remove the negative stereotype against those living on our streets. We believe the conversation about homelessness needs to be both an intellectual one, grounded in knowledge about the complexities, and an emotional one, informed by personal experiences.

Not in my back yard. It is a concept that keeps many social injustices at arm’s length. Within the issue of homelessness, it allows us to acknowledge that something needs to be done, without taking shared ownership of the issue. The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by building 125 sq ft BLOCK Homes in the backyards of residential lots. Each self-sufficient structure will become home for someone currently suffering through homelessness. The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design. Much like Airbnb and Uber have done in their respective industries, the BLOCK Project transforms the way we think about space, ownership, and living within community in an increasingly dense world.

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Aug
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

Housing Affordability Work Party

Calling all housing affordability supporters! Join Sierra Club, Seattle for Everyone, Seattle YIOBY, Seattle Tech 4 Housing, Welcoming Wallingford, and neighborhood advocates for an evening of food and fun—and weigh in on important housing affordability proposals at the same time! This event is FREE. 

See Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/250330415471505/


The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the "citywide" implementation of Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) has been released and is currently open for public comment. The EIS is a (lengthy and wonky!) document that informs us about the impacts of proposed affordability zoning changes around Seattle. The City is accepting public comment on the Draft EIS until August 7th. 

At the Housing Affordability Work Party! we will learn about the EIS process and content, share ideas for the future of our city, and comment on the Draft EIS together.

Some opponents of plans to implement MHA through affordability rezones—who have long dominated conversations on housing and land use in Seattle—have significant time and resources to weigh in and ensure that their voices are heard.

***The time is now to make sure the City hears voices of neighbors who support affordability and more diverse housing choices.***

If you have a laptop, please bring it along. If you don't have a laptop, no worries—we'll have extra for folks to use.

Food, childcare, and kid-friendly activities will be provided. 

Please feel free to swing by even if you're not able to attend the entire meeting!

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Jul
22
10:00am10:00am

Seattle Social Good Series Civic Mixer

From IDXA and Open Seattle:

What?

The Open Seattle Civic Tech Mixer is an event for technologists, coders, data nerds, and designers to meet community organizations who are looking to get support from the tech community and launch new innovative projects.

Whether you want to volunteer your skills, offer your company’s services, or just find out more about where tech can help, this event is for you. We will have over 30 organizations and community groups represented tackling diverse issues in the local area.

Why?

These organizations are on the ground working hard to tackle the most difficult issues in our communities. We know what can be achieved with tech, but for these organizations it is often out of reach, either through a lack of resources and expertise. This is a chance to meet these groups, find out about their stories, and offer your time, knowledge, and skills to launch a civic technological revolution in the heart of Seattle!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-social-good-series-civic-mixer-tickets-34990608853

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Jun
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Habitat Young Professionals: Pride Build 2017

From Habitat Young Professionals Seattle's Facebook event:

June 2017 is Pride Month, and we are celebrating by raising funds for our annual Pride Build project! This year we will be partnering with Lambert House to repair their ceilings in August. Help us raise funds for this project by attending our two happy hour events in the month of June. $1 per drink will go to the cause!

***About Lambert House: Lambert House provides LGBTQ youth with daily opportunities to make friends with other youth like themselves and with supportive adults. For LGBTQ youth that have been rejected by their parents, they provide dinners, case management, advocacy, and basic needs. Lambert House educates LGBTQ youth to see themselves as normal, healthy individuals and to respect and take care of themselves and each other. 

http://www.lamberthouse.org/

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/480444035631088

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Jun
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Lid I-5 Community Open House

From Lid I-5, more information on their Facebook event:

Join the movement to reconnect neighborhoods over Interstate 5 with parks, housing, complete streets, and more!

The Lid I-5 Steering Committee has achieved major progress in recent months and is excited to share the latest updates with our coalition partners and neighbors. Partial funding has been identified for a crucial Feasibility Study and the City of Seattle has offered to take the lead, but work remains to be done and community input is critical.

Learn more about the lid concept, why the time to plan is now, and how you can help Seattle become a more connected, sustainable, and equitable city.

The event is an open house format with a brief presentation starting at 6:30 PM.

The Cloud Room offers a cash bar and light refreshments. All ages are welcome.

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Jun
15
5:30am 5:30am

Happy Hour Mixer: Affordable Housing Developers & Tech Workers

This month Seattle Tech 4 Housing is joining the regular monthly happy hour of a group of young professionals in affordable housing, held at Optimism Brewing. Come have a drink with the people that actually build and operate the affordable housing we advocate for!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/768786289912917/

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Jun
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup

The Urbanist's monthly social, see their Facebook event for more info:

Join us for our monthly social! Free and open to the public. At 6:30pm we'll continue our speaker series.

This month we'll be joined by King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who represents the District 3 region east of Lake Sammamish.

Kathy serves as Chair of the Council’s Regional Water Quality Committee and is the Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, the Law & Justice Committee and the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Hopelink, the Eastside Human Services Forum and Public Health Seattle & King County.

Some of Kathy’s passions include working to end homelessness, protecting the survivors of domestic violence and working to ensure that government is both efficient and effective. This includes using the latest technology to serve the residents of King County. She was a driving force behind bringing Safe Place, an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for youth in crisis to King County.

Prior to serving on the King County Council, Kathy was a State Representative from the 45th District for seven years. She received her BA and her teaching credential from the University of Washington. Kathy taught school for sixteen years and is also a published poet and author of a children’s book about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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May
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

Own It! Prevent Displacement, Build Wealth

From Capitol Hill Housing:

Join us Thursday, May 25th at 5:30 PM at the Summit (420 E Pike) for Own It the 2017 edition of Capitol Hill Housing's annual community forum. This year we are focusing on a single issue: how to build wealth in our neighborhoods and lessen the widening inequality in our communities. 

Own It will explore real world models of building income and wealth for individuals, small businesses and communities which we believe will help build a more vibrant and engaged city. Experts will share examples of ownership that can work, or are already working, in Seattle. 

Food and drink will be provided! This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP online at bit.ly/CHHOwnIt17

Can't make it? Follow along online at #OwnItSEA.

 

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May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

May Social & Discussion: Have Renters Been Friend-zoned?

From the Capitol Hill Community Council:

We hope the cheeky name gets your attention - we believe the conversation will be keep it! Join the Capitol Hill Community Council on Thursday, May 18, 6:30-8:00, to discuss when does zoning actually work against the interests of our cities most marginalized and does it create an economic wall between renters and homeowners? This will be the first of many conversations on zoning and how it affects you! So hope to see you May 18th at Optimism Brewing Company#sharethecity#sharedcommunity #weareallneighbors

Optimism Brewing Company is an independent, locally- and family-owned brewery on Seattle’s Capitol Hill at 1158 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122. They have rotating food trucks and make all kinds of beer for all kinds of beer-drinkers! This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook.

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May
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Technically Speaking: Tech Addresses Housing Equity

From Bellwether Housing Event page:

As part of Affordable Housing Week, Bellwether will host a panel discussion focused on the role the tech sector can play in solving the affordable housing crisis featuring three local industry leaders. Rebekah Bastian, VP of Product at Zillow, Ethan Phelps-Goodman, founder of Seattle Tech 4 Housing and Seattle in Progress, and Jonathan Sposato, CEO of PicMonkey and creator of WeCount.org, will share their insights about leveraging technology and the human capital of Seattle tech companies for social good. Bellwether’s CEO Susan Boyd will moderate the discussion, which is free and open to the public and will include light refreshments.

The panel discussion is from 5 – 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 16th at Bellwether’s offices located at 433 Minor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Affordable Housing Week is organized by the Housing Development Consortium of King County to draw attention to the importance of creating more affordable housing in Seattle/King County and how its members are tackling that challenge. Bellwether Housing is Seattle’s largest non-profit provider of affordable housing, with over 1,900 units throughout the city that families, low-wage working people, seniors, and adults with disabilities call home.

We look forward to hearing from these three tech leaders about how their sector can play a role in expanding affordable housing opportunities. For more information, please contact events@bellwetherhousing.org.

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Apr
29
10:00am10:00am

Building a Better Boom: Designing a Thriving City for Everyone

See Eventbrite page for tickets and more info.

Seattle is growing and changing faster than at any time in recent memory, largely due to the boom in the tech economy. In response to concerns about affordability and livability, the City of Seattle is currently in the middle of a multi-year effort to enact a variety of changes to land use, urban design and affordable housing policy. This is a critical time in Seattle's history for the public to get engaged and help shape a city that is sustainable, vibrant and affordable.

The Thriving Communities Network has joined forces with Seattle Tech 4 Housing to host this urban design and livability workshop. At the event, we will examine a few neighborhoods that are slated for policy changes, and we will create a feasible vision for how the neighborhoods can be made more affordable, inclusive and sustainable.

Speakers will include:

- Representatives from nonprofit housing provider Capitol Hill Housing on how affordable housing is built and operated.

- Architect David Neiman on how zoning, building codes and other city policies shape the resulting built environment.

- Development professionals on the processes and economics behind building housing.

- Representatives from the City of Seattle on how policy changes are enacted and how residents can influence policy.

Event Goals:

- To create a proposal for the City of Seattle for consideration when planning for neighborhood change.

- Grow workshop participants' network and expand everyone's understanding and perspective of how to achieve affordable housing and create car-free options.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For scholarship tickets, email thrivingcommunitiesnetwork@gmail.com.

We'd also like to offer a huge thank you to Friends of the Waterfront Seattle for generously providing space in their beautiful storefront for the event!

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Apr
11
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup: Room to Breathe: Seattle's Parks Amid Rapid Growth

From The Urbanist:

Join us for our monthly social! Free and open to the public. At 6:30pm we'll continue our speaker series.

Our guest speaker this month is Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

Aguiree previously served as the director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. In this role, Aguirre focused on outcomes-based programs and an emphasis on providing equal access to all. Aguirre is bringing his commitment to equal access and data driven programming to Seattle Parks and Recreation. He will be leading Seattle’s department through the national accreditation process, along with several strategic planning processes for the future of Seattle’s parks and recreation facilities within a thriving and rapidly growing city. 


We hope to see you there!

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/902107316592043/.

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Mar
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Democracy Voucher Party for Teresa Mosqueda

Please join Seattle Tech 4 Housing for a democracy voucher party for Seattle City Council candidate Teresa Mosqueda at Optimism Brewing on March 29th. We will be joined by the candidate herself for a great conversation on housing, transit, and the future of our city.

There will be beer, food truck food, and a (very limited amount of!) home baked cookies.

Please RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/191009538061463/

Here's why we're asking you to support Teresa:

  • she was a leader on drafting and passing statewide minimum wage and paid sick leave.

  • she's a renter who has spoken strongly about the need for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with a wider variety of housing choices.

  • she's already endorsed by a long list of progressive leaders, including US Rep. Pramila Jayapal, WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Luitenant Governor Cyrus Habib, Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, House Speaker Frank Chopp, King County Executive Dow Constantine, former King County Executive Ron Sims, Estela Ortega of El Centro de la Raza, Seattle City Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Lorena González, and many labor groups.

Hear more from Teresa here: http://queenannenews.com/Content/News/Breaking-News/Article/Mosqueda-announces-run-for-City-Council/26/539/39107

This very early stage of the race is when our support matters most. A strong turnout now will help create a lasting relationship with Teresa. Plus, if you wait too long, your Democracy Vouchers may no longer be valid—there's a fixed pool of money, and when its used up all of the unused vouchers become worthless. Don't wait!

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Mar
14
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup

From The Urbanist:

Join us for our monthly social! Free and open to the public. At 6:30pm we'll continue our speaker series.

LOCATION CHANGE: Please note this is a new location, the Elephant & Castle pub in Downtown.

Our guest speaker this month is Erika Harris, senior planner at the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).

PSRC is the regional planning agency for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Ms. Harris has 17 years of experience in environmental, urban, and regional planning. She was the PSRC’s project manager for the 2015 Industrial Lands Analysis for the Central Puget Sound Region. She holds masters’ degrees in urban planning and public policy and governance from the University of Washington and a bachelors’ degree in economics from Pacific Lutheran University.

We hope to see you there!

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Mar
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Public Hearing on Downtown/South Lake Union Rezone

Let's keep the momentum going for Seattle's critical Mandatory Housing Affordability program!

RSVP to attend the public hearing on the Downtown/South Lake Union rezone: https://goo.gl/forms/jykXBOK5LftvGsUq2

On February 21st, the U District rezone was unanimously passed by the Seattle City Council. The next rezone up for consideration is Downtown/South Lake Union.

MHA will require developers to contribute to the city’s stock of affordable housing by either including rent-restricted homes in their projects or paying into a fund the City's Office of Housing will use to build them across the city. Combined with rezones in all of Seattle's urban centers and villages, MHA will harness Seattle's rapid growth to create over 6,300 new affordable homes over the next ten years.

The Downtown and South Lake Union neighborhoods are expected to produce over 1/3 of the overall goal of 6,300 homes created through the MHA program.

Show your support for a more affordable Seattle by attending and speaking at the public hearing on the Downtown/South Lake Union rezone!

Read more here:

http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/HALA/SLU_DOWNTOWN/Director's%20Report%20-%20MHA%20Implementation%20in%20DT%20SLU.pdf

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Feb
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

City Council Vote on U District Rezone

The U District rezone has been making its way through the City Council Planning, Land Use & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee over the last few months. On February 7th, the PLUZ Committee voted unanimously to move the proposal forward for consideration by full City Council.

The full City Council includes several councilmembers that haven't yet heard the power of our voices when we come together in support of affordability and housing options for all. Let's stand together once more in support of the U District rezone and make sure the rezone is passed without delay!

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/vWbFv6LufPdSQ2BS2

As the first zoning change in Seattle that would activate the groundbreaking new Mandatory Housing Affordability program, passage of the U District rezone will be a historic moment for our city—and that's worth celebrating! So stayed tuned for details on a post-vote celebration! #HALAyes

Background:

MHA is the centerpiece of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda and will require developers to contribute to the city’s stock of affordable housing by either including rent-restricted homes in their projects or paying into a fund the City will use to build them across the city. Combined with rezones in all of Seattle's urban centers and villages, MHA will harness Seattle's rapid growth to create over 6,000 new affordable housing units.

Since 2011, the City of Seattle has been working with the community to develop plans to coordinate zoning changes that will create affordable housing with investments in things like social services, parks, sidewalks, and bike lanes to make U District a better place to live. The U District plan focuses on increasing housing and employment opportunities to make the most of the U District Link light rail station that's coming in 2021.

Read more here:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/universitydistrict/whatwhy/default.htm

 

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Feb
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Urbanist Monthly Meetup

From The Urbanist:

Join us for our monthly social at Belltown Pub! Free and open to the public. At 6:30pm we'll continue our speaker series. 

We hope to see you there!

Our guest speaker this month is John Burbank, Executive Director of the nonprofit Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI). John is working to restore the constitutionality of a statewide income tax.

Before founding EOI, John was project manager of the Sand Point Community Housing Association, political director of the Washington State Labor Council, staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate, and director for the Community Labor Coalition in Rhode Island. He has a faculty appointment with the Department of Health Services at University of Washington as a Clinical Instructor in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice. He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a B.A. from Evergreen State College.
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Feb
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Housing Justice Movie Night: Quinceañera

This event is organized by the Capitol Hill Renters Initiative and Entre Hermanos in support of backyard cottages as an affordable housing option. We are proud to work with a growing list of co-sponsors including CASA LatinaFuturewiseSierra Club Washington State ChapterThree Dollar Bill Cinema.

Join us for a screening of the 2006 award-winning drama Quinceañera followed by a discussion on affordability, gentrification, tenants rights, and diverse housing options. Representatives from each organization will be in attendance to discuss what they are working on and how you can plug in!

"Buy" your free ticket here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/2834116 

The storyline of Quinceañera centers around a young Latina teenager, growing up in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood, who finds herself pregnant and kicked out of her home before her 15th birthday, forcing her to move in with her great grand uncle. She is joined by her cousin who has been kicked out of his house for coming out as gay. Under the roof of a small backyard cottage, they each face their own challenges and find support in one another. Through these personal stories Quinceañera tackles issues of affordability, gentrification, and tenants’ rights, all major challenges for Seattle today.

This event was created in response to the recent decision by the Seattle hearing examiner to indefinitely delay an ordinance that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages (legally called Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADUs) like the home the main characters share in the movie. The hearing examiner decision came after a legal challenge by the Queen Anne Community Council, a neighborhood group that hired attorneys in order to delay these low cost housing options from coming to their neighborhood.

After the film, join us for a discussion on how we can take action on backyard cottages and other housing justice campaigns! Together we can show that everyone benefits when we promote diverse housing options.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $3 to help cover costs. However, this is a free event and everyone is welcome. 

Links for more information/media coverage on the hearing examiner decision, the QACC, and the DADU ordinance:

http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/12/13/24744292/why-you-should-give-a-shit-that-a-neighborhood-group-just-won-a-fight-against-backyard-cottages

https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2016/12/14/ruling-puts-more-density-in-single-family-neighborhoods-on-hold

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-must-halt-plan-for-more-backyard-cottages-and-mother-in-law-apartments/

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Feb
2
7:30am 7:30am

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

The annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia is Thursday, February 2. We're super excited to have the grassroots tech community representing itself on these issues in Olympia for the first time ever.

The day itself consists of workshops, rallies, meetings with your lawmakers, lunch, and more. It's a chance to learn about the issues and voice your support for abundant and affordable housing directly to lawmakers and leaders. As an organization, it's a chance to make ourselves known and start building relationships with elected officials and other housing organizations.

We'll rent a car or van, depending on how many people we have, and we'll carpool down together. Expect to meet up at 7:30am and be on the road by7:45am in order by arrive and finish checking in by 9:30am. The program runs till 3:30pm, so expect to be back in Seattle around 5:30pm.

Email us at contact@seattletech4housing.org if you'd like to join.

More information is available from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the main event organizer: http://www.wliha.org/housing-and-homelessness-advocacy-day.

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