Seattle Housing Gap Call-in Day: Feb. 21
Thanks for participating in the Call-in Day! We are focusing on calling the five Councilmembers who were not at Tuesday's event:
It’s best if you can personalize your message. Why is this issue important to you? Have you or someone close to you experienced homelessness? Do you spend more than 30% of your income on rent? Are you unable to live where you want to live because of housing costs? But, it’s also just fine to read a script like the ones below.
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT 1:
Hi, my name is _________. I'm calling to urge you to close the housing gap with new progressive revenue.
Last night I attended the special meeting at City Hall about Seattle's Housing Gap. It really brought home just how severe the affordable housing shortage is, especially for low-income households. I hope you'll watch the video of the event.
The City needs to build affordable housing on a much, much larger scale than is currently planned – there's just no way around that. I support legislation to raise at least $150 million per year in new progressive revenue, including a tax on large businesses. It's not enough to build all the housing that's needed, but it's a good start. I urge Councilmember _________ to lead on this issue and help move our city forward.
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT 2:
Hi, my name is ________. I'm calling to ask you to address the homelessness crisis by building low-income housing on a massive scale.
I want to be proud of my city, but that's hard when thousands of my neighbors are sleeping outside in the middle of winter. We live in this incredibly wealthy city in an incredibly wealthy country, it's shameful that we can't guarantee everyone the basic right of housing or even shelter.
I want Seattle to be a model for the rest of the country. But right now are so far behind on creating subsidized housing, Seattle is even lagging behind most other big cities – and it's going to take a lot of resources to catch up.
People are tired of half-measures. Your constituents want to see real progress. That's why I support legislation raising at least $150 million per year in new progressive revenue, and I urge Councilmember ___________ to take a lead on getting it passed.
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT 3:
I’m calling to voice my support for closing the housing gap with new progressive revenue. We’re won’t be able to end homelessness in Seattle until we create tens of thousands of new homes that are affordable to low-income people.
I stand with the Housing For All Coalition in urging you to pass a strong progressive revenue package, including a tax on large businesses, so that our city can start creating housing, shelter and services at the scale of the crisis.
I hope you will support “going big” with this legislation and vote yes. Thanks for your time.