STATEMENT: Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council for Approving Her Resolution Protesting Proposed U.S. Navy Air & Water Training Exercises That Could Endanger Southern Resident Orca Whales

SEATTLE (August 5, 2019) – Mayor Jenny Durkan today applauded City Council for its 9 – 0 vote to approve her resolution protesting proposed testing and training by the United States Navy that could endanger Southern resident orca whales and other marine mammals in the Puget Sound through the use… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Applauds City Council Committee Vote to Advance Bill to Use New State Resources to Invest $50 Million in Permanent Supportive Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness

Seattle Poised to Take Advantage of New State Law That Allows Cities to Retain More Sales Tax to Fund Affordable Housing Development and Operations; City of Seattle and Mayor Durkan Had Advocated for New State Law in Olympia This Legislative Session  Seattle (August 1, 2019) – Seattle Mayor Jenny A…. [Read more]

Housing Seattle Now

Earlier today, Mayor Durkan was joined by community members at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill to lay out her vision for addressing Seattle’s housing crisis and announce her plan for a surge of new investments in housing for low- and middle-income families: “Housing Seattle Now.” Watch the Speech Mayor… [Read more]

Transcript: Mayor Durkan Announces Two Initial Steps As Part of Her New “Housing Seattle Now” Plan

Seattle (July 24, 2019) –Today, at 12th Avenue Arts on Capitol Hill, Mayor Durkan laid out her vision for addressing Seattle’s housing crisis and announce her plan for a surge of new investments in housing for low- and middle-income families: “Housing Seattle Now.” Mayor Durkan also announced two initial new… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Renew, Improve Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program That Currently Provides Affordable Rent to Almost 4,500 Low- and Middle-Income Households in Apartment Buildings across Seattle

Improvement to Program Will Limit Rent Increases to No More Than 4.5 Percent Per Year So Apartments Can Remain Affordable; Program Expected to Support At Least Another 1,300 New Affordable Homes over the Next Three Years  Seattle  (July 24, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted legislation to City Council today to renew… [Read more]

Using New State Resources, Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Announce Legislation to Invest at Least $50 Million in Housing for People Experiencing Homelessness

Seattle Will Be First City in Washington State to Take Advantage of New State Law That Allows Cities to Retain More Sales Tax to Fund Affordable Housing Development and Operations; City of Seattle and Mayor Durkan Had Advocated for New State Law in Olympia This Legislative Session    Seattle (July 24, 2019)… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Disappointed in Council’s Irresponsible Vote to Create Budget Shortfall & Cut Funding for Vital Low-Income Programs

Mayor Durkan: “Because Council has refused to fund these vital programs or put forward a balanced plan, I will veto this bill.”  Council Legislation Changes Use of Short-Term Rental Tax and Sweetened Beverage Tax Revenue, Directly Eliminating Funding for Fresh Bucks, the Child Care Assistance Program for Low-Income Families and… [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Condemns City Council Plan That Would Cut $6.3 Million in Funding for Critical Services Like Food Banks and Child Care

Council Legislation Would Change Use of Short-Term Rental Tax and Sweetened Beverage Tax Revenue, Directly Eliminate Funding for Fresh Bucks, the Child Care Assistance Program for Low-Income Families and the Nurse Family Partnership, Which Provides Health Care to Low-Income Women Who Are Pregnant  Seattle (July 17, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A…. [Read more]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Commends City Council’s Confirmation of Bobby Humes, Her Nominee to Lead the Seattle Department of Human Resources

Seattle (July 15, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan commended the City Council’s 8-0 vote to confirm Bobby Humes, her nominee to serve as the permanent director of the Seattle Department of Human Resources (SDHR). Humes has served as the interim director of SDHR since February 2019. “Bobby is a dedicated… [Read more]

Mayor Durkan Condemns Trump Administration’s Threat to Escalate ICE Raids This Weekend

Seattle (July 11, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today responded to reports that beginning this weekend the Trump administration will escalate United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in communities across the United States. While Seattle is not on the initial list of cities where escalated raids are expected,… [Read more]