I support the HOMES tax for housing and homelessness
The Housing For All Coalition is calling for a massively stepped-up response to the homelessness and housing crises. In response, City Councilmembers Mike O’Brien, Kirsten Harris-Talley, and Kshama Sawant have proposed a tax on Seattle’s largest businesses to raise over $20 million per year in new revenue to tackle these twin crises. The plan is called H.O.M.E.S. – housing, outreach, and mass-entry shelter. (Details of proposal below.)
Although this is still not nearly enough to create all the housing and shelter that’s needed, it is a solid start. And it’s past time. Nearly two years into an officially-declared Homelessness State of Emergency, the City has yet to act like we’re in an emergency. It’s time for all hands on deck, and that means everyone, including large businesses that are benefiting from Seattle’s booming economy while so many of us are left behind.
Now business groups are mobilizing to oppose the H.O.M.E.S. plan. We can’t let them succeed – far too much is at stake. We need to stand strong and win all nine councilmembers over to supporting this important measure. Please take a moment to send an email to the city council, and share with your friends. Help us to generate a flood of emails to councilmembers showing them that Seattle residents want them to respond to the homelessness crisis with the energy and seriousness it deserves!