Many people have contacted us about the Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) new Stepping Forward proposal, which involves changing the rent structure for SHA properties and voucher programs for tenants who are not elderly or disabled: rents would no longer be tied to the household’s income. There is important context for this proposal, and SHA has been a key partner in prioritizing people who are homeless for available subsidized housing. Many good questions and concerns are being raised, including by members of the Coalition, and by Seattle’s Mayor.
Join us for an important opportunity to learn about and discuss this proposal at our September 18 General Membership meeting. We expect the conversation to continue at our October meetings, too. We will welcome staff from SHA who will present the proposal in detail, and answer questions. We anticipate a robust and respectful discussion.
Please prepare for this conversation by reading the Seattle Housing Authority’s proposal, their Frequently Asked Questions about Stepping Forward guide, and the Tenant’s Union’s factsheet. And please talk with your colleagues and the people you serve about SHA’s past, present, and future role in our community’s response to homelessness and the affordable housing crisis.
Additionally, SHA invites your comments, concerns, and feedback on this proposal via email@example.com or at a public meeting (schedule below).
|Date & Time||Location|
|Sept. 16, 6 p.m.||Meadowbrook Comm. Cntr., 10517 – 35th Ave NE|
|Sept. 17, 6 p.m.||Yesler Community Cntr., 917 E Yesler Way|
|Sept. 22, 6 p.m.||Rainier Community Cntr., 4600 38th Ave S|
|Sept. 23, 6 p.m.||NewHolly Gathering Hall, 7054 – 32nd Ave S|
|Sept. 29, 6 p.m.||High Point Comm. Cntr., 6920 34th Ave SW|
And remember, there’s no better place to gather accurate and timely information and take part in deep discussion than at our General Membership Meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Thursday the 18th! Same place and time: 9-11 a.m. at the E. Cherry YWCA (2820 E. Cherry St, Seattle, 98144).