Kobe Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Looking south across the International District to Beacon Hill. • Photo by Joe Mabel
Kobe Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Looking south across the International District to Beacon Hill. • Photo by Joe Mabel

A coalition of community leaders and housing advocates from across the city, calling themselves “The Community Housing Caucus,” will be making an announcement on solutions to Seattle’s housing crisis. The press event happens on Monday, March 16 from 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall to announce recommendations for housing affordability.

The Community Housing Caucus said in a statement:

“Community advocates have come together to formulate solutions to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis, a problem that needs immediate attention. The Community Housing Caucus, convened by House Speaker Frank Chopp, will present a range of community centered solutions. We need action now, because everyone deserves a home.

“These new policy and program recommendations call for a major investment in City funds to alleviate the housing shortage, preservation of existing affordable housing, tenant protections, zoning changes and ending homelessness.

“While some of the solutions need funding, others would require changes in current policies and codes. The Community Housing Caucus recommendations include the identification of major new revenue sources.”

Speakers will include: Sharon Lee, Ishbel Dickens, Sarajane Siegfriedt, and Austin Wright-Pettibone. Rev. David Bloom will moderate.

The event is sponsored by Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant.

The Community Housing Caucus’ goal is to ensure Seattle is a place for people of all incomes to live and work.

Members of CHC include: Ishbel Dickens, Sarajane Siegfriedt, Lisa Herbold, David Bloom, Sharon Lee, Bill Kirlin-Hackett, Jonathan Grant, John V. Fox, Alice Woldt, Gary Clark, Neil Powers, Alex Becker, Darel Grothaus, Hailey Badger, Kira Zylstra, and Ted Virdone,

For more information about this event, contact David Bloom at (206) 941-8068 or Sharon Lee at (206) 443-9935.

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