Seattle housing crisis: Pay attention #refugee “welcoming” cities
Is yours one of 180 citiesto which the US State Department is sending refugees? If it is, you are either experiencing this problem already or will be soon—not enough low income housing to go around.
The city of Seattle had proposed a plan to gradually increase rents (they are probably going broke supporting all these immigrants), but the plan has been shelved for now because of the push-back from tenants.
Seattle is the third most desirable city for Somali refugees behind number one Minneapolis and number two Columbus, Ohio.
Look who the protesters are! Surprise (not)! Photo: http://www.kplu.org/post/protesters-disrupt-seattle-housing-authority-hearing-chants-rent-hikes-no
From the Seattle Times(hat tip: ‘Pungentpeppers’). Emphasis is mine:
In response to widespread opposition, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of its tenants.
There will be no rent policy change until 2016, and the SHA might scrap the plan…
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