We're listening. Here's what we've heard so far.


HALA around the City

We are listening to your feedback and changing our proposals where possible.

Below are summary documents that describe the comments we have heard in our community conversations, whether in person, online, via phone or survey. In addition to your comments, we have outlined what adjustments we propose in reponse to what we heard from you. This process is an active feedback loop.  We ask for your input on the elements that are still in the planning process and make changes, where possible, that reflect community feedback.

Summaries of Public Feedback

Community Focus Groups

Community Focus Group members will meet monthly throughout 2016. These meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend, listen to conversation, and chime in with public input at appropriate times on the agenda. On the Focus Groups page, you'll find a section for each meeting that summarizes the feedback we head during conversations about each topic. Please check the calendar often for other opportunities to engage and share your ideas and read the summary of feedback that Focus Groups have given on MHA principles.

In-person Meetups and Events

City staff attended numerous summer events ranging from small meetups with interest groups to large festivals open to the public and farmer's markets. The map above shows an overview of where we were over the past year. Many of the bigger events serve to educate the public on the basics of affordable housing and introduce them to the ideas that we are working on citywide. Smaller groups often contact us for more targeted discussions to focus on neighborhood or population-specific topics.

Consider.it (ongoing online conversation)

Consider.it is an ongoing, online conversation platform where we are asking for your feedback on policies being developed for HALA. Currently, we have proposals around the Preservation of Existing Affordable Housing and will soon be posting maps of Urban Village Expansion Areas. We recently closed comment on proposals regarding Fair Chance Housing Legislation and MHA Principles and we're sharing what we heard from you below. Those conversations can still be read online without logging into the website--just scroll to the bottom to see the archive.

MHA Principles

Comments and opinion trends we have seen on Consider it are lining up closely with what we hear out in the public and online. Read a summary of what we learned from Focus Groups about the MHA principles or read a summary of what the public said about MHA principles on Consider.it. Their comments, and those gathered from Consider.it and at-large have shaped the MHA zoning maps that are forthcoming in October.

Fair Chance Housing (FCH) legislation

Fair Chance Housing legislation is aimed at increasing access to Housing for People with a Criminal History. An estimated one in every three adults in the United States has a criminal record, and nearly half of all children in the U.S. have one parent with a criminal record. Due to a rise in the use of criminal background checks during the tenant screening process, people with arrest and conviction records face major barriers to housing. Fair Chance Housing legislation could lessen some of the barriers people face.  The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be crafiting legislation to send to Seattle City Council. Additionally, FCH recommendations or legislation that is created here may help shape a state-level effort based in Olympia. For questions about Fair Chance Housing, please contact, Brenda Anibarro, 206-684-4514 / Brenda.Anibarro@seattle.gov.

Telephone Town Halls

The Mayor called 70,000 households directly to talk with them about HALA. This was a direct dial program, based on zipcodes. Telephone Town Halls took place on the following dates. Use links below to listen to audio recordings of each event.

January 31, 2016 at 4pm (January 31st audio recording)
February 2, 2016 at 6pm (February 2nd audio recording)
February 4, 2016 (February 4th audio recording)

HALA Housing Stories

Attending events and talking to Seattlites about their housing situations has been a huge learning experience for the HALA team. After so many listening sessions, we decided to start capturing stories from the people who are effected by the changes in our City. Here are a few stories from you neighbors on our Youtube channel. Feel free to share your story with us. We will add it to our playlist.

 HALA Housing Stories YouTube Playlist