Seattle must be a place where everyone can afford rent, save up to buy a home, and retire on a fixed income.
The recent report on record-setting median house prices is ominous news for Seattle and the rest of the region, which has seen an unprecedented level of growth for years now. Seattle is ranked first in the nation for growth, first in price increases for the past seven months, and all while experiencing historically low levels of available homes for sale.
Our city has been one of the nation’s most attractive destinations for both employers and job-seekers, but more and more families are getting priced out of the city every day, which makes our traffic woes worse, reduces the income we can put toward groceries and other items, and cuts into the quality time we get to spend with our families.
I’ve spent my entire political career finding solutions to bring relief to our city - from pushing Sound Transit to build more affordable housing near light rail stations, to working with the City Council to bring affordable housing to high-growth areas. So many of the challenges we face are intertwined, and as your mayor, I will be committed to addressing affordability, density, and homelessness in a holistic way.
- Increasing the city’s housing stock and housing options across the economic spectrum by supporting the major tenets of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).
- Supporting incentives to increase private-sector housing and to push affordability.
- Providing better housing stability and economic mobility with an inventory of all surplus public property in the city - whether it’s WSDOT, Sound Transit, Seattle Public Utilities - and banking it as the cornerstone for a major new investment in public housing.
- Building a strategic plan for the city that allows us to hold ourselves accountable, and then creating programs within every single neighborhood. By setting a target of $1 billion in affordable housing and allocating affordability targets across the entire city, we can then use that in flexible ways, like creating neighborhood-based plans that use an array of affordability tools, rental vouchers so that people who are living in current housing can stay there, more accessory dwelling units, or more traditional density projects.