Save the date: come speak in favor of increased housing options and increased support for affordable housing.
From the Museum of History and Industry:
Al Smith documented decades of change in Seattle’s Central District. Today, over 1,000 people move to Seattle every week. How can we integrate newcomers without displacing longtime residents and businesses?
From community land trusts to development moratoriums and community controlled development—come learn about local organizations’ strategies for resisting displacement and keeping communities intact.
Moderated by: Inye Wokoma, Seattle-based filmmaker and visual artist
Hodan Hassan, Got Green
Jolene Haas, Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
K. Wyking Garrett, Africatown Community Land Trust
Marlon Dylan Herrera, CID Coalition
Tickets and more info: http://mohai.org/event/resisting-displacement/
From Bellwether Housing:
Join Bellwether Housing and local thought leaders Nick Hanauer, serial entrepreneur and founder of the policy incubator shop Civic Ventures, Shefali Ranganathan, Seattle Deputy Mayor, and Gabriel Grant, Principal at Spectrum Development Solutions, to explore how innovation and disruptive thinking might bring solutions to our housing crisis. The panel will be moderated by Jessyn Farrell, former State Representative and Senior Vice President with Civic Ventures. Bellwether Housing is sponsoring this event as part of Affordable Housing Week, organized by the Seattle-King County Housing Development Consortium.
From Councilmembers González, Mosqueda and O'Brien:
Please join Citywide Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda, Position 8, Lorena González, Position 9, and Councilmember Mike O'Brien of District 6, and Progressive Revenue Taskforce Members for the North Seattle Town Hall on the Progressive Tax on Business for Homelessness and Housing Affordability.
Following more than four months of deliberation, Council will be introducing legislation and a companion spending plan resolution outlining the details of a progressive tax on business, which would generate additional revenue necessary to further address homelessness and housing affordability in Seattle.
The North Seattle Town Hall will include a presentation on the progressive tax and spending plan proposals as well as an opportunity for community members to provide questions and feedback. For individuals not able to attend the town hall, the event can be viewed on the Seattle Channel the following day.
More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/632418537109719/
From the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance:
Hear from powerful women leaders who are tackling housing affordability and homelessness at the local, state, and federal level.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
State Representative Nicole Macri
State Senator Rebecca Saldaña
Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
Join us for a morning panel discussion to kick off Our Homes, Our Voices, a national week of action. Get inspired by the housing champions who are fighting – and winning – to create communities where everyone has access to a safe, healthy, affordable home. Find out what's next and how you can be a part of the movement for housing justice!
7:30am - Coffee and networking
8:00am - Program begins
More info and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1015842768584950/
Save the date: come speak in favor of increased housing options and increased support for affordable housing in districts 3 and 7 (Central Seattle, Pioneer Square to Magnolia).
Join us by RSVPing here!
Come join Communications/Media professionals from the Sightline Institute and the Sierra Club to learn about best practices for communicating pro-housing messages in a complex and evolving media landscape. What messages change hearts and minds around housing issues in the Puget Sound area? How can we advance narratives in the media that drive home the importance of adding housing options in our communities? How do we get reporters to cover our issues?
The second part of this event will be a public testimony training, so you can make your voice heard at upcoming affordable housing hearings.
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.
Our guest this month is Katie Wilson, a co-founder of the Transit Riders Union currently serving as its General Secretary. Since 2012 TRU has been a leading force in making public transit more affordable and accessible through programs such as ORCA LIFT, Seattle Youth ORCA, and King County’s Human Services Bus Ticket Program. Last year TRU helped to lead the campaign for a Seattle progressive income tax, which is currently making its way to the Washington State Supreme Court. Now TRU is working with the Housing For All Coalition to shift Seattle’s response to the homelessness and housing crisis.
Save the date: come speak in favor of increased housing options and increased support for affordable housing.
Imagine an ordinance that could help lower the cost of rent, relieve congestion, reduce our transportation emissions and air pollution, and improve bicycle parking. Changing city rules for off-street parking in new buildings will do all these things!
That's why it's important to speak up on Wednesday, February 21 at a Seattle Public Hearing.
Proposed legislation before the Seattle Cit Council's Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee, with a few additional amendments, will:
-Reduce how much parking a developer must construct in those parts of the city served by frequent transit.
-Allow for off-site rental of underused private parking, which will also reduce the amount of new parking construction
-Improve bike storage and bike parking options.
-Require landlords to unbundle the cost of parking from rent, so those who don't want to pay for a parking space won't have to.
-Sets stronger, uniform standards bicycle parking.
The hearing begins at 9:30am. We'll gather at the coffee shop inside City Hall at 8:30am to help anyone interested in giving comment to craft their remarks and better understand the ordinance.
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 Herbold, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, and Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
From The Urbanist and Transportation Choices Coalition:
Seattle has a new Mayor! To ensure that everyone has access to opportunity we'll need to tackle our transportation challenges from every angle. That's why Transportation Choices is bringing together urban leaders from around the Sound to share their brightest ideas for the new administration.
From addressing displacement to safe bike networks, our vast panel representing every sector will share lightning round presentations--inspired by the Pecha Kucha format to welcome Mayor Durkan to office.
This event is free and open to the public!
With time for moderated discussion and audience questions, this is your chance to hear (and respond to!) all these great ideas in one place.
Register via the ticket link to save your spot.
Details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1834698553239366/
Please join us Tuesday, November 28 for an informal happy hour to celebrate the one year anniversary of Seattle Tech 4 Housing.
We have a lot to celebrate at the end of our first year, including:
- Legislative Wins: we lobbied alongside many other groups to pass Mandatory Housing Affordability in Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
- Electoral Wins: we supported pro-housing candidate and now Councilmember-elect Teresa Mosqueda starting back in March, when we threw Seattle's first Democracy Voucher party.
- Outreach Wins: we've brought out hundreds of Seattleites, many brand new to housing policy, to events featuring organizations like Capitol Hill Housing, Bellwether Housing, Facing Homelessness and The Urbanist.
- Media Wins: in addition to mentions in The Seattle Times and GeekWire, we got our first national media coverage on NPR's Marketplace.
- Philanthropic Wins: our members helped organize tech industry philanthropy for SKCCH's Project Cool and we're currently organizing a cohort of tech volunteers to work with housing and homeless service providers.
This has only been possible thanks to our dedicated organizers. Please come out on November 28 and say a big thank you to Brian, Bronwyn, Chris, Jonah, Laura, Thomas and Zach.
From Seattle Tech Solidarity:
Our November meeting is a casual, drop-in chat at Optimism Brewing Company. Come meet others interested in helping tech workers keep their companies ethical and be more engaged in their communities. We'll also be talking about our current campaigns.
There will be beer and hard cider available to buy from the venue, and you're welcome to bring your own snacks or dinner. There'll also be a food truck outside. We'll provide donuts as always. 🍩
We'll be on the West end of the space, (the Broadway side). The space is fully accessibly and served by the First Hill Streetcar and multiple bus lines.
More details and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1551096398290779/
From Seattle for Everyone:
2017 has been a year of Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) achievements, with the passage of new tenant protections, changes to the design review program, and rezones to activate Mandatory Housing Affordability in the fastest-growing neighborhoods of Seattle, among other progress.
We are pleased to invite you to join us on November 14th, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for a #HALAyes Celebration!
This will be an evening of enjoyment with advocates, City leaders and department staff, and neighbors coming together to celebrate 2017 and rally for what's ahead in 2018. Light food and drink will be provided.
More information and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/125327258152911/
From Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González & Seattle City Council Candidate Teresa Mosqueda:
Join us for an Election Night Party! This is an ALL AGES facility, and there will be music, food and dancing! Come join us to celebrate all your work this year that lead to Election Night!
Hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González & Seattle City Council Candidate Teresa Mosqueda with special guest Seattle City Schoolboard Candidate Zachary DeWolf.
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/820255644821323/
Join Seattle Tech 4 Housing at Optimism Brewing! This will be a low key way to learn more about what we do, what we've been up to over the last couple months, and how you can get involved. Or, you know, just have a beer with us.
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/284281715423628/
We're talking local City of Seattle budget advocacy in this workshop! The Seattle City Council is currently meeting about the City's budget and deciding what to fund and what not to fund. The final vote will be in November, just before Thanksgiving. Urge the City Council to respond to our $93M budget recommendations and start taking our city's response to the crisis of homelessness to scale!
YOU can be a voice for real and positive investments to help, shelter, and house thousands of people. We hope you will join the Coalition for an engaging, fun, and inspiring Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop!
We build on the energy of hundreds of community members across King County who care deeply about affordable housing, safety, shelter, and justice for people who are homeless. When people speak up clearly and loudly to our state representatives, asking them to prioritize smart programs and supports, good policies, and fair and robust budgets, we see big results for our community.
Our workshops are fun! We'll discuss the funding proposals for shelter, housing, and supportive services currently being considered and review the steps that everyone can take to make sure housing and homelessness concerns are prioritized in our local government. Nancy Amidei, an incomparable pro-democracy cheerleader, local policy experts, and Coalition staff will present details about 3-4 important issues. We'll provide you with simple actions, sample messages, and the chance to practice your skills. You will leave informed and inspired with tools for engaging your classmates, fellow congregants, neighbors and others to speak up and make a difference.
Details and RSVP here: http://www.homelessinfo.org/what_you_can_do/homelessness_advocacy_101.php
From the SeaTech4Good meetup group:
WA nonprofits and techies - It's Speed Geek time! See 6 demos of nonprofit tech projects, 5 minutes each! #WordPress #Drupal#OpenData #Atlassian
* Nam-ho Park, Forum One: Website for Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
* Mark Root-Wiley, MRW Web Design: Website accessibility tools
* Tyler Swayne, Tribuo LLC: A newly launched website, Tribuo.
* Lucinda Stroud, 501 Commons: Employee onboarding checklist using Atlassian's Confluence software
* Jeanne Cost, Fuse IQ: Healthier Washington Initiative website with Drupal 8 content management system
* Tim Ganter, Studio Ten Four: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways web app leveraging open data
More info and RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/SeaTech4Good/events/243217139/
From the Teresa Mosqueda campaign:
Re-elect Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez and elect Teresa Mosqueda for Seattle City Council Pos. 8.
Come hear from affordable housing leaders on how we can address our housing crisis and create a healthy, sustainable future for all in Seattle.
Gold Level Sponsors: Representative Nicole Macri, Maria Barrientos, Bill Block, Alan Durning, Marty Kooistra, Paul Lambros, MA Leonard, Brian LLoyd, Patricia McInturff, Paul Purcell, Kylie Rolf, Bill Rumpf, Tony To, and Maiko Winkler-Chin.
SIlver level sponsors: Betsy Lieberman, James Madden, Rachael Myers, and Kelly Rider.
Suggested contributions: $100 or bring your Democracy Vouchers!
From The Urbanist:
The Urbanist will be joined by Seattle mayoral candidate Cary Moon at our October 11 meetup. We endorsed Moon in the hotly contested primary election and are excited to see her move to the general election in November.
Our monthly meetup is free and open to everyone. Come by to meet fellow housing and transportation advocates and hear from an inspirational speaker. We'll be at the Elephant & Castle Pub on Wednesday, October 11, 5:30-7:30 PM (please note this is different than our usual Tuesday). You can find us in the billiards room on the lower level, and our guest speaker starts at 6:30 PM.
We hope to see you there! You can optionally RSVP on Facebook to help us get a headcount.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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!
From IDXA and Open Seattle:
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.
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!
From The Urbanist, Transportation Choices Coalition and Futurewise:
Test your metropolitan mettle!
Challenge fellow urbanists to a trivia duel with questions on land use, transit, density and growth.
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.