As a renter who makes less than 50% of the median income in Seattle, I understand the challenges of finding affordable housing. Seattle needs more housing for low- and middle-income people. I will fight for more affordable housing across the board by passing equitable zoning reform, building publicly owned housing, and expanding tenant protections.
- End exclusionary single family zoning by allowing low-density multifamily homes, at least up to fourplexes, citywide
- Increase the number of ADA-accessible units by building more fourplexes
- Build upon MHA to expand urban villages and add more apartments along transit-corridors
- Fund a study to determine the “where, how, and how much” for building publicly owned housing
- Increase the supply of permanently affordable housing
- Desegregate neighborhoods with mixed income public housing
- Improve sustainability through green building practices
- Pay for this by taxing big business through a corporate pay inequity tax and developer impact fees alongside money from regional bonding/levies.
Expanded Tenant Protections
- Increase legal support for Seattle Renters
- Establish rent control or ‘rent stabilization’ policies to prevent large annual increases in rent and reduce displacement risk
- Study “Tenant Opportunity to Purchase” or “Right of First Refusal” laws that give tenants the ability to purchase a building and form a co-operative prior to sale to a developer.
Increased Support for Accessory Dwelling Units
- I fully support ADU legislation to increase the number of units on a lot across the city – helping seniors age in place and increasing affordable housing stock.
- Establish a fund to support people at risk of displacement to build an accessory unit on their properties
- Improve the available online resources to help regular people become ADU landlords