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Element Notes -- August 8

In this news roundup, the primary results are starting to roll in and Seattle continues to struggle with increasing homelessness and displacement

August 07, 2017

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation. Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally. We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving. Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

Primary Election

King County 2017 Primary Results

Results won’t be final until the 15th, but initial results show Jenny Durkan leading for the mayoral race, trailed by Cary Moon and then Nikkita Oliver. Numbers were disappointing for Access for All Proposition 1 (supported by Seattle Foundation ), but there is still a small chance it may pass .

Basic Needs

Zillow Data: Seattle Has 3rd Largest Homeless Population in U.S., as Rising Rents Take a Toll

A 5 percent rent increase would force another 258 people to become homelessness, making Seattle the third most vulnerable to rent increases and with the third largest current problem, after New York and LA

CID Community Speaks Out Against Displacement, Upzone

The Council approved an upzone in the CID (International District), allowing developers to build higher in exchange for providing affordable housing. However, community members in the area expressed significant concerns with the proposal, from the small percentage (7%) set aside for housing to what the proposal considers affordable (30-80% of Area Median Income – average income for the CID is on the very low end of this range).


Washington Has More Homeless Students Than Most States, and Their Numbers Keep Growing
“In a three-year span, the number of homeless students in our state grew by 30 percent”

Advocacy Groups Decry Justice Move on College Admissions
As the Justice Department announces its intent investigate affirmative action at college and university admissions programs, many groups are concerned that gains made in educational access are at risk.

Seattle-Area Education Officials Question Adequacy, Equity of State’s New School-Funding Plan
School district officials are still working through how the state legislature’s sweeping overhaul of the public education budget, meant to address the McCleary ruling, will affect their schools.


The Pacific Northwest’s Fiery Week Warns of Hotter Times to Come
The recent wildfires and heat waves in Seattle reflect significant changes in our weather due to increasing effects of climate change.

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report
A new report finds that the average temperature in the United States has risen quickly and dramatically since 1980, directly contradicting Trump’s stance that the link between human behavior and climate change is uncertain.

Health and Wellness

Could the State Create a Public-Option Health Care Plan?
In light of the current federal healthcare debate, State Commissioner of Insurance Mike Kreidler is exploring the creation of a public-option health plan.

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