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Mayor Durkan Announces Two Initial Steps As Part of Her New “Housing Seattle Now” Plan

Seattle (July 24, 2019) –Today, at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill, Mayor Durkan laid out her vision for addressing Seattle’s housing crisis and announce her plan for a surge of new investments in housing for low- and middle-income families: “Housing Seattle Now.”

Mayor Durkan also announced two initial new steps for “Housing Seattle Now” that will address Seattle’s housing crisis:

  1. Using new state resources, Mayor Durkan and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda announced legislation to invest at least $50 million in housing for people experiencing homelessness; and,
  2. Mayor Durkan announced she is transmitting legislation to renew and improve the Multi-Family Tax Exemption program that currently provides affordable rent to 4,500 low- and middle-income households in private apartment buildings in neighborhoods across Seattle.

As part of Mayor Durkan’s Housing Seattle Now initiative, the Office of Housing in partnership with the Mayor’s Office Innovation & Performance Team has launched a new, innovative housing dashboard which allows viewers to see the affordable housing projects coming online through 2022. To view the dashboard, click here.

The Mayor’s remarks from this morning’s event as delivered are below and you can view the speech here