DO IT TODAY!
Since early last fall Nickelsville has joined with other groups, big and small, to pass a progressive tax on Seattle’s largest corporations ($75 Million Yearly) to start building enough truly affordable housing in Seattle to really put a huge dent in homelessness.
This tax is call the EHT – Employee Hours Tax. It charges the corporation based on how many employees it has, and in several years the proposed Ordinance changes that into a tax based on payroll – how much the same corporation pays in salary.This is explained in much greater detail at the Housing for All websitewww.HousingForAllSeattle.org That is the coalition we belong to, which is fighting for this tax. (And stopping the sweeps.)
Last Wednesday the last-minute disinformation campaign began with the heckling of the Council people sponsoring the EHT in Ballard by 40 to 50 white male homeowners who are frustrated (we are too!) Amazon also piled on, threatening to sublease a yet to be constructed skyscraper they had leased in its entirety AND halting planning and engineering for a hole in the ground they had made on a block in Belltown.
PLEASE, please contact our elected leaders (see list below.). Ask them to stay the course and impose this tax on the 300 or fewer biggest corporations in Seattle. This is truly a watershed moment for Seattle, and a genuine opportunity to end homelessness here. Losing this chance may prolong for another generation the increasing inequality which is hurting so many, to the benefit of a few.
Mayor Jenny Durkan
Lisa Herbold: District 1 // West Seattle, South Park
Bruce Harrell: President // District 2 // South Seattle, Georgetown
Kshama Sawant: District 3 // Central Seattle
Rob Johnson: District 4 // Northeast Seattle
Debora Juarez: District 5 // North Seattle
Mike O’Brien: District 6 // Northwest Seattle
Sally Bagshaw: District 7 // Pioneer Square to Magnolia
Teresa Mosqueda: Position 8 // Citywide
Lorena Gonzalez: Position 9 // Citywide
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don’t let it waste: why leasing empty a win win solution for all; the government, the landowner, the homeless and everyone.
don’t let it waste:
why leasing empty abandoned land could be a win-win
Abandoned land, how do you mean?
A land property that had once been inhabited or is at least owned can become unclaimed or abandoned. There are some reasons that can cause this change in status. It can result from foreclosure, bankruptcy, or most commonly, change in neighbourhood demographics that necessitates the translocation of land owners or businesses. This is increasing on a daily basis and is an eye-sore.
Abandoned land is open to all forms of unlawful activities and is actually linked to increased rates of crime in various regions. Apart from crime, abandoned lands don’t speak good of a neighbourhood as it suggests a larger negative economic forces at work in the community and points to disinvestment as well as non-viability of region for a productive venture. It speaks of economic redundancy.
I’m always bothered whenever I pass such abandoned empty lands and I often wonder if the land-owner does care. Leaving a precious thing turn ugly and waste with time, steadily turning into a wasteland. I also wonder how it looks for every other person that look at it. It got me thinking and I came up with an idea.
If you rent or lease this land portion, it can be gainfully taken care of. This can provide shelter for the homeless and at the same time keep the land clean and useful. The period of the temporal lease can be used to help lives, provide shelter, care for humanity and at the same time make good use of the land. It’s a win-win.
Clean Homeless can gainfully engage and utilize such spaces. In addition to using it as a resting area or temporal shelter, they’ll be used as a Donation Drop Off. Growing sections can be set up where they can practice agriculture and food production.
Recycling facilities will be installed to enable them recycle plastic. The locals will patronise them for their services. This will make them more viable citizens and thereby keep them gainfully involved in improving the community.
This will go a long way to overhaul the face of the community. It will make the land not to waste and will keep the land-owner’s mind at ease. Clean Homeless will clean the area, gainfully engage it and make the otherwise wasteland, contribute to the nation’s economy. It’s a win-win solution for all; the government, the landowner, the homeless and everyone.