No one should die because of homelessness or uncontrollable circumstances. Please support Seattle tent encampments now!
Seattle Met/Publicola article on the broad coalition support for HALA recommendations:
Please sign the petition for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Council to support the tent encampment in Ballard:
Kindness should trump ignorance every time:
KIRO-TV 7 Report on heated Ballard tent encampment meeting 08/12/15: http://www.kirotv.com/videos/online/video-city-of-seattle-open-to-other-tent-city/vDYdGc/
Seattle tent encampment myths debunked by InvisiblePeople TV:
RT America video on the new phenomenon of homeless shaming by NYPD. Please watch!
KIRO-TV 7 report on Kent leaders considering tenant protections:
Much light had been made in recent weeks with the release of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing and Affordable Living Agenda (HALA). Most contentious is up-zoning single family neighborhoods to accommodate mother-in-law, backyard cottages, and others to be built on existing land. Soon after, Mayor Murray retracted his statement. A host of current city council candidates have promised changes to housing within their first year of office.
This leaves conflicting questions about affordable housing’s future for Seattle. Other solutions proposed have included mandatory inclusionary zoning, increased Housing Levy, and rent control. The topic of rent control reached fever pitch at a Seattle Town Hall debate on July 20th. However, these are steps forward in a potentially ever changing quagmire for the Northwest.
Here are three local articles as food for thought on the housing crisis/debate:
Geov Parrish – “Seattleland!” (geov.org)
Good KIRO-TV 7 report on links between rent increases and homelessness:
Powerful banner from UK protests over housing cuts. From The Guardian: http://gu.com/p/4abnz/sbl