Town Hall graphic and event pages

Join the 43rd District Democrats for a discussion with Compassion Seattle and House our Neighbors about homelessness and the proposed Seattle charter amendment (Measure 29). All Seattle residents are invited to attend. The 43rd District Democrats’ Policy Committee will host this discussion.

Personal efforts during the 2021 legislative session

I encourage folks to join in supporting and/or sharing and tracking these legislative efforts as well! In my work capacity at Sierra Club, I push for, and align with: a Clean Fuels Standard (HB 1091) Healthy Homes & Clean Buildings (HB 1084 / SB 5093) the Healthy Environment for All, or HEAL, Act (SB 5141)Continue reading “Personal efforts during the 2021 legislative session”

Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services

Approximately 45 homeless advocates silently stood outside Seattle City Hall on a cold Wednesday evening, holding signs that read “without shelter, people die.” Women in Black, a group created by Seattle Housing and Resource Effort(SHARE)/WHEEL, honor homeless people who have died on the streets. As soon as they find out, a vigil is held aboutContinue reading “Houseless advocates hold vigil outside city hall, deliver letter against budget cuts to services”

Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

Voters this week approved Prop. 1, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. It gives funding to services providing assistance to veterans, military service members, their families, seniors and their caregivers, and vulnerable King County populations. At last tally, more than 67% of King County voters said “yes” to the boost. Capital facilities, regional health,… viaContinue reading “Voters overwhelmingly approve $350M King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy”

O’Brien and Harris-Talley: Tax Seattle businesses for homelessness

In a press conference Thursday morning, Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien and Kirsten Harris-Talley announced the core of a new proposed budget for the city: making the top 10 percent grossing businesses pay a tax of less than five cents per hour per full-time employee.

Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity

Near the Link light rail’s Othello Station, a passerby can easily spot a new red and grey apartment building called Othello Plaza, seemingly compatible with the other developments directly surrounding it. However, Othello Plaza is considered affordable, received over 2,000 applications and only accepted approximately 100. Othello Plaza is now full, containing 53 two-bedrooms andContinue reading “Mercy Housing’s New Transit-Oriented Complex Already At Capacity”

Othello Village Residents Concerned With Seattle’s Shift Away From Transitional Housing

Walk in to the South End’s Othello Village, and you’ll find tiny homes with charming scarecrows perched in little gardens, children, and an open building with a cardboard plaque labeled “security office.” … However, Hannah contended the Othello encampment has far more families than any other place he’s lived, which might explain the stringent rules. Othello’sContinue reading “Othello Village Residents Concerned With Seattle’s Shift Away From Transitional Housing”

Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate

His wardrobe is humdrum, his speech informal, and reason for running ad hoc. His name is Eric Smiley. You may have met him at a bus stop or in the tunnel stations, because that’s how he’s trying to compete with the large sums of campaign money backing other councilmember candidates. But he also just wants toContinue reading “Seattle’s Unlikeliest City Council Candidate”

Breaking down stigmas on homelessness one conversation at a time

I was already going to be late for my morning class at the University of Washington, so I figured I might as well grab a coffee on my way, thinking ten more minutes of tardiness wasn’t going to do much more damage. Walking into my 20 person class unprepared, however, I realized I was wrong.Continue reading “Breaking down stigmas on homelessness one conversation at a time”

College of Education hosts annual free film screening

Created and run by Thomas Halverson, the director of the UW’s master’s in education policy (MEP) program, the Education and Society film screenings attempt to put academia into a real world context. “It’s just something I’ve taken on as a way to help students better understand how these challenges impact members of the community,” HalversonContinue reading “College of Education hosts annual free film screening”