Resolution Supporting King County Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s Amendment to Invest an Additional $184 Million into Affordable Housing for King County Residents

      800 800 34th Democrats

      (For consideration at the September 12, 2018 membership meeting)

      34th LD Democrats Resolution 2018-2

      WHEREAS housing instability and homelessness continue to grow in our immediate communities and across Washington State as a whole; and

      WHEREAS rents in King County are out of reach and King County workers must earn at least $29.40/hour for a modest one-bedroom and at least $36.12/hour for a modest two-bedroom1; and

      WHEREAS King County and Seattle both declared a Homelessness State of Emergency in 2015 which is still in effect2; and

      WHEREAS lack of affordable homes is the root cause of homelessness and the primary reason that homelessness has increased in our region3; and

      WHEREAS communities of color and LGTBQ youth both experience homelessness and housing instability at much greater numbers4,5; and

      WHEREAS 12,112 King County residents were experiencing homelessness in the January 2018 Point-in-Time Count, and thousands more households in our region frequently face the impossible dilemma between paying the rent or paying for medicine, child care or groceries6; and

      WHEREAS tackling homelessness and housing instability requires regional investments in affordable housing; and

      WHEREAS four in ten adults, if faced with an unexpected expense of $400, would either not be able to cover it or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money, putting many of them literally one paycheck away from homelessness7; and

      WHEREAS a recent report prepared with King County data for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce by McKinsey & Company found that

      1) The homelessness crisis response system has improved, but cannot meet inflow demand owing to a shortage of affordable housing options

      2) There is currently a gap of between 10,000 and 14,000 housing options in Seattle and King County

      3) While funding has grown at 2.4% per year, it has not kept up with the growth in aggregate homelessness

      4) To house all households entered in HMIS (the homeless management information system) would take $360 -$410 million per year, or double today’s funding8; and

      WHEREAS Safeco Field will already receive $175 million from parking and admission taxes to go towards maintenance, plus $1.5 million additional per year, plus $25 million per KC Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s amendment and their lease term can continue to require that the Mariners contribute a percentage of their profit towards stadium maintenance, which all together meet the stated needs9;

      THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 34th Legislative District Democrats support the amendment announced by King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles on July 31, 2018 which represents a fair compromise and allocates an additional $184 million for affordable housing for people earning between 30% and 80% of the area median income and providing Safeco stadium with $25 million additional dollars for stadium maintenance; and

      THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 34th Legislative District Democrats requests King County Councilmember McDermott and the King County Executive to support King County Councilmember Kohl-Welles’s amendment; and

      THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the 34th Legislative District Democrats request that our Executive Board end a copy of this resolution to King County Councilmember McDermott and to the King County Executive.

      Submitted to the 34th Legislative District Democrats meeting of August 8, 2018 by Martha Koester, PCO Aqua Precinct.


      1National Low Income Housing Coalition 2018 Out of Reach report:


      3Washington State Department of Commerce, Why is Homelessness Growing?

      4Center for Social Inclusion’s initiative Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities Phase One

      Study Findings March 2018:

      5Voices of Youth Count, Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America:

      6Washington State Department of Commerce 2018 Point in Time County Summary:

      7Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2017,Published May 2018:

      8McKinsey and Company, various sources including article McKinsey Quarterly May 2018 Booming cities, unintended consequences:

      9King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove Facebook post King County can Take Action Now dated June 15th, 2018: