Housing Development Consortium names City of Shoreline as Municipal Champion at 7th Annual Luncheon

Sunday, May 3, 2015

City Manager, Planners, Planning Commission
accept the award for Shoreline
In the photo, from left, Dan Eernissee, Economic Development Program Manager; Debbie Tarry, City Manager; Keith Scully, Chair Planning Commission; Donna Moss, Planning Commissioner, Rachael Markle, Planning and Community Development Director, Miranda Redinger, Senior Planner.

On Friday, the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County awarded the City of Shoreline the Municipal Champion Award for its leadership in supporting affordable housing opportunities in Shoreline and across the region.

The award recognizes the City’s efforts to create an equitable community through tools like incentive zoning and impact fee exemptions for affordable housing, partnerships with local affordable housing developments and nonprofits, and through efforts to raise awareness of affordable housing needs and solutions. 

HDC presented the award at the organization’s 7th Annual Luncheon, in celebration of its membership’s collective efforts toward increased, sustainable, and healthier affordable housing options.

The event was attended by 700 members, partners, and elected officials, who enjoyed remarks from keynote speaker Eugene Robinson - Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist - who lifted up the work done by HDC to ensure that all people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes within communities of opportunity. 

Presenting the award was HDC Executive Director, Marty Kooistra, who called the City of Shoreline, “A strong partner for the affordable housing community,” stating that the City is, “Attuned to the needs of its most vulnerable residents.” 

Shoreline City Manager, Debbie Tarry, said, 
 “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts at creating more affordable housing opportunities in Shoreline. Shoreline is committed to creating a community that is open and available to people of all economic backgrounds. As such, we are working hard to create more housing choices, which includes affordable housing, to meet the needs of our diverse, vibrant, and growing community.”

The Shoreline City Council will be presented with the award at an upcoming meeting.

Shoreline is planning to welcome light rail in the next ten years with stations at 145th Street and 185th Street. Nearly 20% of Shoreline’s households are paying more than half of their income on housing costs.

Housing Development Consortium Seattle-King County (HDC) is a nonprofit membership organization which represents more than 100 private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public partners who are working to develop and preserve affordable housing in King County. Through education, advocacy and leadership, HDC supports and inspires its members as they work collaboratively to meet the housing needs of limited-income residents throughout King County. 


Anonymous,  May 3, 2015 at 1:26 PM  

This alone should tell citizens who the City of Shoreline represents, and who it is working for. These are the founders of Their Shoreline, the city that will replace Our Shoreline.

Anonymous,  May 3, 2015 at 4:27 PM  

An award to celebrate the fact that 20%of our citizens pay over 50% of their income to keep a roof over their heads?! Backslapping and celebration all around! Let us review some steps that brought us to this cliff. Spending money like it grows on trees (the ones they want to kill.......now there is a metaphor) . The loss of tax revenue from the displaced and not replaced businesses that had the unfortunate location on or near the massive Aurora "upgrade". The levy lid lift sold to us as the "golden solution". The poorly conceived yet very expensive (yielding nothing) attempt to buy SPU so tax revenue could be generated. Off of who you ask? The citizens of Shoreline! Increase the cost of our water.....now that is "local control"!

Next up: the award and photo options with our revered city council. Will anyone consider the optics of this one......no.....the full court pre-election press is on! Hoping we have short memories or at very least working so hard to get by we will not be paying attention!

No worries Shoreline, soon the entire middle class will be forced out then you will no longer need to deal with that unfortunate statistic......it is a long game, but you have 20 years invested so far!

John Behrens,  May 3, 2015 at 4:54 PM  

The idea of relying on international venture capitalists to solve the affordable housing crisis is delusional at best. Their goal is to make money. Governments should have as their goal the protection of their citizens.
Rather than giving tax breaks to developers that empty the city treasury of potential sources of income, these developers should pay impact fees to the city to provide resources to the government to provide for its lower income residents.

Anonymous,  May 4, 2015 at 1:12 AM  

What a joke! Separate yourself from the herd and lobbyists, if you want to be elected, sir!

Anonymous,  May 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM  

Congratulations on your Faux-ward!

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