We need your support for affordable housing!

The Seattle Housing Levy is on the August primary ballot in the City of Seattle. Seattle’s Housing Levy dedicates substantial funding to housing for low income families while also providing assistance to community members experiencing homelessness seeking permanent supportive housing.

The Housing Levy has a 35-year track record of success. It has helped to produce and preserve over 12,500 affordable rental homes for hospital workers, pre-school teachers, people working in retail and restaurants, and seniors and other people on fixed incomes, as well as supportive housing for people who are homeless. This new levy will produce or preserve at least 2,150 units of affordable housing, and these homes are maintained affordable for at least 50 years after production – ensuring our neighborhoods are affordable to all people who make our communities strong.

Since 2002, Seattle’s Housing Levy has also provided emergency rental assistance to 6,500 families, with additional services to help these families regain stability and avoid homelessness. It’s critical that we prevent homelessness before it starts, and this new levy will provide emergency rental assistance for thousands more households.

Expanding the levy is the right thing to do. That means hundreds of additional affordable homes for low-income seniors, people with disabilities, lower-wage workers and families with children. The Church Council of Greater Seattle enthusiastically endorses this important affordable housing measure, and we encourage you to vote YES when you mail in your ballot by August 2nd.

Your ballot should have arrived in the mail by now, and needs to be postmarked or placed in a ballot drop box by Tuesday, August 2nd. Have questions about receiving your ballot, returning the ballot, or what is on your ballot? Visit the King County Elections website.

take actionIf you’d like to help with the final phase of the campaign, you can join the campaign as a volunteer or make a financial contribution. If you are interested in phone banking or doorbelling, contact Lucas Simons with your preferred date from this calendar. Share this fact sheet or one-pager with your friends and family. Participate in Housing Levy Day on July 20th. Keep an eye on the campaign’s social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. Using #YesForHomes, there will be posts about the levy, families that have been served in the past, and how continuing this investment is good for our city. From posting your own pieces, to sharing what the campaign posts, the goal is to emphasize that passing the housing levy is important and that turning in ballots is essential.

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