Housing has reached a crisis point here in Seattle and across our region. With rents and housing costs rising rapidly and neighbors being pushed out of the city every day, the time for inaction has passed.

Access to Housing

Housing instability is one of the defining issues facing Seattle residents right now. The rising cost of living, skyrocketing rents, and a median single family home price of $777,000 in Seattle make it nearly impossible for anyone but the extraordinarily wealthy to afford a home. But this isn’t just a city wide problem – the same factors that created our housing crisis are at work in other parts of the state, particularly in communities on the margins of bigger cities where traditionally low income families and seniors are being pushed out by rising property values, taxes, and rent costs. Part of the puzzle of the housing affordability crisis involves getting people into homes and helping them stay there. Working families deserve housing near job centers, and should not be priced out of our booming market or pushed outside of the borders of job dense areas.

Noel supported:

  • HB 2040 – Extending notice of tenancy termination from 20 days to 30 days. (PRIME SPONSOR)
  • HB 2578 – Source of income discrimination. (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 2583 – Ends state pre-emption on local regulations on  amount of rent that can be charged on residential lots. (CO-SPONSOR)

What’s next?

2019 is the year to modernize our senior property tax exemption to help seniors who are being pushed out of their homes by staggering tax hikes. Noel also plans to use her platform to improve the tax policy surrounding foreclosed homes.

Affordable Housing Investments

Investing in affordable housing is both the right thing to do and a great economic decision. Seattle is growing rapidly, as is the rest of Washington State, and we must ensure there is space for working people and their families.


Noel supported:

  • Increased funding for the Housing Trust Fund, which makes funds available for affordable housing projects.
  • HB 2444 – Aligning state tax code to ensure affordable housing developers can take advantage of federal low-income housing tax credits. (PASSED)
  • HB 2448 – Incentivizing the legal representatives of people with developmental disabilities (e.g. parents) to gift residential property to non-profit organizations providing residential supported living. (PASSED)

What’s next?

Next session, Noel is committed to growing the stat’es Housing Trust Fund, which is a proven successful program to build affordable housing. A big part of this plan must include bolstering the Homeowner Assistance Fund which helps people who have invested in their homes stay in those homes.

Homeless Services

Homelessness has increased rapidly in our region, seeing more and more people sleeping in their cars, in tents, and completely unsheltered on our streets. We must invest in health and treatment services, as well as permanent housing and prevention programs.

 


Noel supported:

  • HB 1570 – Permanent and expanded document recording fee as dedicated revenue stream for homelessness services (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED).
  • HB 2667 – Expanding eligibility for the housing support and essential needs (HEN) program to those receiving aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) assistance to ensure that folks don’t have to become homeless before receiving critical supports. (PASSED)

What’s next?

For more information on how we’re addressing other causes of homelessness, please visit the section on Healthcare Access.