Demand affordable housing now – pack City Hall May 3rd!

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Sign Ethiopian Community in Seattle’s petition demanding Council fund their affordable housing project!

While developers rake in huge profits, outrageous rents are driving ordinary people, especially immigrant families, seniors, and communities of color, further out of Seattle and away from existing services, schools, and community support. With the average Seattle apartment renting for $2,100/month, a person must spend $25,000 a year just on housing. We need a massive investment in affordable housing to address this crisis!

The Ethiopian community in southeast Seattle, which has been acutely impacted by this displacement, has developed a plan for an affordable housing complex and community center. The Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) and Southeast Economic Development have proposed this project at the site of the current ECS full-service center in Rainier Beach. The 3-story, 112-unit combined affordable housing complex and community center would allow families to live, work, and attend school in their community, and elders to live close to the social services they need to live with dignity. Their proposed project includes legal clinics, employment counseling, childcare, and translation services – not only for residents of the complex, but fpr the whole Rainier Beach neighborhood.

On Wednesday, May 3rd, I, along with Ethiopian community members and housing activists, will propose a city budget amendment to help fund this vital community development project.

Here are two ways you can support this proposal and stand with the Ethiopian community:

1) Sign ECS’s petition to demand that the City Council fund their affordable housing project!

2) Join organizers in City Council Chambers for the Finance Committee Hearing on the City’s Supplemental Budget: Wednesday, May 3, at 8:00 AM.

Show up for affordable housing in our communities!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:00 AM (hearing starts at 9:00)
Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue, Seattle 98104