The for-profit housing market is failing the majority of Seattleites: 92% of new units built in the last 10 years have been Luxury units! We need a Seattle that benefits the many, not the few on Wall St.
To fight skyrocketing rents we need to build a movement, like we did to win $15 an hour minimum wage, to challenge the big developers and landlords. Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative initiated Affordable Seattle to organize our communities to fight for a Seattle affordable for all.
Since the beginning of June, the Affordable Seattle Campaign have gone to hundreds of doors across the city to build support for three demands for addressing the affordable housing crisis:
1. Make Landlords Pay for Economic Evictions
Stop the displacement of low-income households! When renters are forced to move due to major rent hikes, landlords should be required to pay moving costs.
2. Massively Expand Affordable Housing
Build tens of thousands of quality city-owned homes, paid for by taxing big business.
3. We Need Rent Control!
As a first step, require at least 25% of new private sector development to be affordable. Organize a movement for tenant collective bargaining rights to lower rents.
We have the power to win these demands!
With the help of Kshama Sawant’s council office, working people in Seattle have been able to win major housing victories in the past year by organizing themselves against the corporate landlords. From the cap on move in fees to the Carl Haglund bill, it’s obvious: when we come together in a mass movement, we win!
As a first step, we need people in city hall who are going to be responsible to our communities, and not to corporate landlords. Mayoral Candidate Nikkita Oliver and City Council District 2 Candidate Jon Grant are the only two candidates who endorse the three Affordable Seattle demands, and the only two to refuse to take any cash from corporate donors. Big money will have its way in this election unless working class people get out and vote
Contribute to the Campaign!
Affordable Seattle doesn’t rely on money from corporations or wealthy donors. Instead, we are built on the contributions of people like you who believe in the work we’re doing and want to be part of the movement. Click here to pledge $10, $50, or $100 to building a powerful grassroots force!
Please RSVP, share on Facebook and invite your friends, if you can make it to the campaign launch on July 29, or are otherwise interested in getting more closely involved. Let’s fight for a city that invests in housing for people, not for profit!
Organizer, Affordable Seattle