Housing
Housing

Update! Below is an email form you can use if you only have a second, but we’re hearing that we really need some short personal emails now! 

Send it to council@seattle.gov, stress that they cannot allow amendments to water down the tax, and think of a paragraph or two to answer these questions:

  • Why do you care about the homelessness crisis?
  • Why do you think a progressive tax on the largest businesses is an important part of the solution?

If you’d like some fodder for thought, these articles provide excellent context.  Thank you!

 

Finally, if you don’t have the five or ten minutes for that, here’s the form letter! Scroll down for the form itself.

Dear Council Members,

I’m writing in strong support of the Employee Hours Tax on large businesses to raise $75 million per year for housing and homelessness services.

Council Members Herbold, Gonzalez, Sawant, O’Brien, and Mosqueda: I thank you for your leadership on this.

Council Members Johnson, Juarez, Bagshaw, and Harrell: please step up to this challenge.

Climate change and housing are intersectional issues that connect some of our deepest concerns. Because we know we can’t fight climate change without affordable urban housing and the improved transit that density allows, we urge you to come together on this.

Recently the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that for every 100 extremely low-income households in the Seattle area, there are only 28 affordable, available units. This profound imbalance pushes low-income people to the suburbs, thereby increasing carbon emissions as they rely on private vehicles, rather than walking, biking or public transportation. Investing in affordable housing options in the city will reduce pollution, improve transit options for everyone, and help to ensure that no one is unsheltered. It’s the right thing.

We appreciate the Council’s unanimous commitment, expressed in Resolution 31782, to finding new progressive revenue to address the homelessness emergency, and we support the recommendation of the Progressive Revenue Task Force for an Employee Hours Tax of at least $75 million per year, with an additional $75 million to follow from other progressive revenue sources still under review.

Although this is only a start toward building affordable housing and homelessness emergency response at the scale that’s needed, it’s a good start.

(If you write one, your personalized message will be added here.)

Thank you for your leadership. We can’t wait any longer.

Sincerely,