Coalition for Housing Solutions proposes policy actions to increase housing affordability

By: Markham McIntyre Posted: 03/16/2015

The Chamber is one of 24 businesses and organizations participating in the Coalition

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The Seattle Metro Chamber joined the 23 other businesses and organizations that make up the Coalition for Housing Solutions to send a letter to City of Seattle leaders offering a host of potential actions that would help increase housing affordability in Seattle. 

This letter represents the culmination of a series of workshops and economic research done by the Coalition, and the full list of suggestions is in the letter's appendix. 

The letter was sent to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council, as well the City of Seattle's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee convened by the Mayor and Council. The 28-member HALA Advisory Committee has been meeting since November to identify potential policy solutions so that there are more housing options that people across a range of incomes can afford.

It is the start of a more in-depth dialogue that Coalition members want to have with the Mayor, HALA, and Council about developing a comprehensive housing strategy for the City with clear, measurable goals for creating affordable units.

In the letter, the Coalition also explains why the City of Seattle’s proposed square footage tax on new development throughout the city would be counterproductive to the overall goal of more affordable housing. Last year, the Seattle City Council approved a resolution (non-binding policy statement) declaring its intent to implement this tax. 

For more information about the work that the Chamber is doing with the Coalition for Housing Solutions, please contact Markham McIntyre, the Chamber's senior director of government relations.