The Urbanist: (Op-Ed) Boost Seattle’s Growth Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis

Every evening, thousands of families in Seattle and the metro area wonder where they’ll live next year. Will they be able to renew their lease? Will they be able to afford a mortgage? Will they be able to find a home that meets their needs? The One Seattle Comprehensive Plan is important, because it will affect generations of families like this for decades to come. We must get the One Seattle plan right to create housing solutions, so more of our neighbors don’t have to worry about where they’ll be able to live and, instead, they can start living. 

As a permanently affordable housing provider, Habitat for Humanity has worked with community members in Seattle, King, and Kittitas Counties for 38 years. We’ve heard and seen families and individuals buckling under pressure from rising housing prices and very few options.  

The path forward is clear: a revised and ambitious Comprehensive Plan that should reform zoning rules and housing policies to allow more homes of all shapes and sizes; and incentivize affordable housing and homeownership. More importantly, we need to build upon our recent historic, nearly $1 billion investment in affordable housing, the Seattle Housing Levy. Systemic problems call for systemic solutions.  

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Crosscut: Political heavy hitters criticize Mayor Harrell’s housing plan

More than 50 organizations and businesses representing a broad and influential swath of Seattle politics have called on Mayor Bruce Harrell to significantly increase housing density citywide or risk exacerbating Seattle’s affordable-housing crisis.

The letter concerning the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update was spearheaded by the Complete Communities Coalition, which includes the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity’s Seattle-area chapter, the Housing Development Consortium, NAIOP and House Our Neighbors, among others. The latter three groups represent affordable-housing developers, commercial real estate interests and social housing, respectively.

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KING5: ‘Women Build’ May 4 Seattle event: ‘Every child, person and family deserves a safe and stable home’

Our Resource Development Volunteer of the Year award recipient, Linda Hoffner, appeared on KING5 Weekend Morning to promote our annual Women Build event. Linda has been such a wonderful contributor to Women Build over the years. We are so thankful for her support and everyone else who makes this such a great event each year.

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The Columbian – Washington House passes transit-oriented housing bill

House Bill 2160, promoting transit-oriented housing developments, passed with a floor vote of 56 to 40 during a Feb. 13 floor debate. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Julia Reed, D-Seattle, moved on to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill requires cities in fully planning counties to conform to certain requirements and limitations for housing near transit systems.

Our own Chief Advocacy Officer, Ryan Donohue, testified during the public hearing.

“We’re here in strong support of HB 2160, because we need more homes in more places, especially along our transit corridors,” he said. “Housing near transit centers is key to many housing options and to better housing options, especially for low-income families.”

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