Affordability and Livability
In order to ensure that Seattle remains an inclusive and accommodating city, we must make sure that Seattle is affordable for all. No single tool will get us to "affordability." Achieving financial empowerment for Seattle's working families requires bold action on many fronts. The Mayor's Affordability Agenda action items have included expanding the Utility Discount Program, raising the minimum wage, making public transit more affordable, making pre-kindergarten accessible, and increasing transit options.
On May 4, 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Housing Authority Director Andrew Lofton announced proposed changes to the Utility Discount Program (UDP) to auto-enroll more than 10,000 low-income Seattle Housing Authority households. Once auto-enrollment is complete, the UDP will provide more than $10 million in utility assistance each year to SHA tenants. This will cut in half their Seattle electric, water, garbage/recycling, sewage and drainage bills. The average household benefit will be $1,030 per year.
This summer, the free summer meal program for youth began on June 29th. Thousands of Seattle children ages 1 - 18 will enjoy free breakfasts and lunches from June 29 through August 26, 2016. The meals will be served at approximately 100 sites across the city-including designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County.