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First JumpStart Affordable Housing Investments

Some photos from our JumpStart affordable housing announcement! View more pictures on Instagram.

Last week I stood with affordable housing providers and advocates at Plaza Roberto Maestas to announce the first slate of affordable housing projects made possible by JumpStart progressive revenue!

Two years ago this month, Council passed JumpStart, dedicating 2/3 of the funds to affordable housing investments, thanks to a broad coalition of support from businesses, labor unions, community-based organizations, affordable housing advocates, environmental groups, immigrant rights activists, and more. Two years later, with the first year of JumpStart affordable funding and in partnership with our community affordable housing providers, we have been able to invest in 17 projects and counting.

It was a joy to join affordable housing partners, the Office of Housing, Representative Nicole Macri, and more to announce those 17 projects – and the 1,769 homes they’ll create – to highlight the impact they will have in our community for generations to come!

By creating a sustainable, ongoing revenue source, JumpStart will enable us to continue building out the affordable housing pipeline our community so desperately needs. These projects are more than just units—they're investments into health, stability, opportunity and community. This is a win for progressive revenue, and it’s a win for our community!

Watch the full press conference and hear from our amazing speakers who are creating community through housing using JumpStart dollars.You can also check out some of the media coverage below:

Improving Climate Resilience

Councilmember Mosqueda and Representative Davina Duerr spoke about the urgency of incorporating climate change as part of comprehensive planning.

Last week, full council passed the climate planning resolution I co-sponsored with Councilmember Strauss, stating the City’s intent to address climate change, improve resilience, and advance environmental justice as part of the major Comprehensive Plan update that City is kicking off now, with community engagement this year, policy development next year, and legislation in 2024.  

This resolution follows up on HB 1099, sponsored by Representative Davina Duerr and championed by Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, many other legislators, and advocates across the state, which would have required jurisdictions across the state to incorporate climate change as part of their comprehensive planning, to ensure cities and counties are planning for climate-resilient communities while reducing our contributions to the climate crisis. Despite a valiant effort and wide support, unfortunately, the bill died at the last minute this year, leaving a gap in our statewide climate response just as cities and counties are kicking off their comprehensive planning processes.

As we all know and can literally feel today as temperatures hit dangerous levels in Seattle and across the globe, climate change is already having adverse impacts on our communities—with extreme heat, wildfires, and floods impacting communities across our region, with disproportionate impacts on BIPOC and lower-income communities. These climate impacts exacerbate existing inequities that are driving our housing and displacement crises, with BIPOC communities experiencing disproportionate impacts—and we need an intersectional lens to create communities that are resilient to climate change. The resolution outlines areas we intend the City to address in the Comp Plan update, including greenhouse gas emissions reductions, climate resiliency, and adaptation, and environmental justice.

The comprehensive plan is our strongest climate plan—and the single most important thing we can do locally to reduce our contributions to climate change is to create more affordable housing of all kinds near transit. That is why zoning reform is a key part of our climate response to enable more people to live near where they work and reduce the reliance on car travel. And we must create 15-minute communities where our daily needs are a walk, bike, or bus ride away—things like childcare, grocery stores, schools, and parks. At the same time, we need to shore up the resilience of our communities to climate change – for example, by enhancing tree canopy, particularly where there is currently low canopy coverage, to increase air quality and reduce the urban heat island effect as extreme heat events become more severe and frequent. And we must do this with an equity lens to address the disproportionate impacts of our intersecting housing, climate, and displacement crises, by prioritizing our work and investments in communities most impacted  – and by providing opportunities for communities that have been displaced to return to the city in healthy environments, and addressing the needs of those at risk of displacement. 

This resolution is intended to show leadership locally on all of these issues as we continue to push for action in the legislature to create a statewide requirement so that all cities and counties across the state are doing their part.  With this resolution, Seattle is joining a growing list of jurisdictions, including King County, Pierce County, Whatcom County, Bothel, Kirkland, and Redmond in our proactive commitment to addressing climate change in our comprehensive plans.

Thank you to climate advocates for pushing for this legislation as we continue to fight for a statewide and national response to climate change, to Rep. Duerr and our champions in the legislature, and to CM Strauss for your partnership

Future Light Rail Tour at the Seattle Center

I had a chance to tour the area near the future Seattle Center Sound Transit light rail stop last week, with folks from the Seattle Center and organizations including Seattle Rep, SIFF, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Vera Project, KEXP, and a representative from Climate Pledge Arena.

Light rail expansion brings an incredible opportunity to connect our communities across the region and for transit-oriented development to support and build more housing, childcare, small business opportunities, and services at all future stations. Station siting decisions made by Sound Transit must also consider existing community-serving programs and cultural institutions to make sure we’re mitigating impacts to these important places as we invest in our future transit system.

Thank you to the organizations who hosted this tour!

Support for SEIU 925 Librarians

Last Tuesday, members of SEIU 925 and allies stood together to support the close to 200 libraries and professional staff who have been fighting for their union since 2019. I stand in solidarity with those workers who are demanding fair wages, benefits and a voice on the job. Since 2019, the need for workers to have collective power has increased with workers across our region and country fighting for their union. Here’s to an efficient and fair resolution to their contract so that the libraries and professional staff who support our top 10 research institution can afford to live in, have families in, and thrive in, our communities.

Reminder to Vote

The August primaries are well underway, and you have one week to vote! Fill out your ballot by the August 2nd deadline. You can vote by mail, at a drop box, or at a voting center. Lost your ballot? Learn how to replace it here.

Heat Advisory Information

Temperatures are rising in Seattle this week, and a heat advisory is in effect July 26-29. You can check out this page for information on cooling centers where you can get out of the heat, and heat safety so you can prepare:
In solidarity,
Teresa Mosqueda
Budget Chair/Finance & Housing Chair
Seattle City Councilmember
Position 8, Citywide/At-Large
Office: 206.684.8808
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