Seattle Councilmember Morales on the defeat of affordable housing legislation: ‘Our actions speak louder than our words.’

The Seattle City Council voted against Councilmember Tammy J. Morales’ (District 2, Yesler Terrace to Rainier Beach) Connected Communities legislation to make it easier to create more affordable housing. The vote was seven against and two in favor. Councilmember Morales issued the following statement after the vote: 

“Seattle is in a housing crisis, and as policymakers, our actions speak louder than our words. We need to create more affordable housing now, and my proposal would have done just that. To wait until the Comprehensive Plan update is transmitted to Council at the end of this year is not taking our housing crisis seriously. The Comprehensive Plan sets a policy guideline – the way we implement it is to pass legislation. My Connected Communities legislation would have produced more affordable housing, commercial affordability, and anti-displacement measures right now. I’m incredibly disappointed in its failure to pass today.”