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Affordable Housing Strategies for Seattle

1 Feb 2015 | posted in: Press | 0

Housing affordability is one of the toughest challenges that Seattle and other cities in the region are currently facing. It threatens everything that makes the Puget Sound region a great place to live — our diversity, our openness, our culture, our environment and our economic competitiveness.

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Seattle’s affordable housing explained

15 Dec 2014 | posted in: Press | 0
By Josh Cohen

Seattle is the fastest-growing city in America, with over 1,000 new residents joining us each month. These days, the city skyline is defined as much by construction cranes as it is by the Space Needle. The population boom has brought with it a surge in housing costs; Seattle is now the #1 city for rising median rent.

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Seattle City Council approves housing tax

23 Oct 2014 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0

The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and a broad coalition of partner organizations have been vocal with concerns about the legality of the council imposing this housing tax, and its ramifications on renters and buyers in Seattle. With an estimate imposing this housing tax will result in rent increase for 90 percent of Seattle renters, there is concern that Council is approaching this problem from the wrong angle.

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Seattle City Council pushes forward on developer fees

20 Oct 2014 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY BILL LUCIA

The Council voted 7-2 to in favor of a resolution stating its intent to implement a “linkage fee” program. Under such a program, the city would charge the fees on new commercial and multi-family residential construction in denser parts of the city. Developers argue that the cost of the fees would jack up rental and purchase prices for property, undermining the Council’s affordability goals. And in a letter sent to council members last week, a group of land use attorneys questioned whether the envisioned fees are even legal under state law.

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The linkage fee trap

19 Oct 2014 | posted in: Uncategorized | 0
BY DAN BERTOLET

Seattle is a compassionate city faced, like all growing cities, with an affordable housing challenge. Most Seattleites hope to see their city successfully tackle that challenge with effective programs that help those most in need. But unfortunately, translating such good intentions into action is all too often distorted by politics. And the latest case in point is City Council’s rush to enact a “linkage fee.”

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