Mayor Murray announces goal of 20,000 affordable housing units

Mayor Ed Murray today directed the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee to meet his new goal for both income-restricted affordable and market-rate units to be created over the coming decade.

Mayor Murray asked the committee to develop specific proposals that will allow the building and preservation of 50,000 housing units over in the next 10 years within the city limits. 20,000 of these must be income-restricted affordable units for individuals and families making 80 percent of the area median income (AMI) and below. 30,000 units would be market rate.

“Seattle is facing a serious lack of affordable housing options that displace families and people in this city,” said Murray. “Next week, Seattle’s minimum wage workers are getting a raise as a part of our broader affordability agenda. We need to make sure that those who work in Seattle can afford to live here.”

The increase in income-restricted affordable units is nearly a tripling of the current rate of units being built for those at 80 percent of AMI or less. Currently, income-restricted affordable housing is being built at a rate of around 700 units per year.

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Community invited to Ballard Boys and Girls Club open house

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club is springing into the summer season with an open house on Thursday, April 2, from 6:30-8:30PM.

New and current families, business owners and neighbors are invited to mix and mingle at the Boys & Girls Club and enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

Yes! It is an entire family happy hour, so childcare will be provided.

As partners in our mission to guide youth toward their full potential, the strong community partnerships play a critical role. We're inviting our partners to learn more about our upcoming youth and athletic programs, summer camps, meet the new board and staff members and discuss opportunities to get involved. We have a variety of opportunities for our partners to get involved and can match you with an opportunity that fits your skills, interests and availability.

Summer registration will also be going on, but space is limited!

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Mayor, City Light announce “Operation LED” program to distribute up to 370,000 energy efficient light bulbs

Every residential customer of Seattle City Light can now get a free, energy efficient LED light bulb through the utility’s Operation LED campaign.

Mayor Ed Murray kickstarted the campaign in the Chinatown International District today, handing out bulbs at Uwajimaya and Legacy House.

“Seattle is a leader in conservation, showing the rest of the world how it’s done when it comes to being green and what it means to be an LED city,” Murray said. “These bulbs will help our customers lower their electricity bills and reduce the pressure on City Light to buy additional power on the open market.”

Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to switch its streetlights to LEDs. Safeco Field is the first Major League Baseball stadium to use LEDs for all its on-field lighting. And numerous other city icons use the energy efficient lights, including The Great Wheel, The Paramount Theatre, Starbucks and the floodlights for the roof arches at Centurylink Field.

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