Candidates Sought for Housing Levy Oversight Committee

Mayor Murray is seeking three candidates for the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee is responsible for monitoring implementation of the 2009 Seattle Housing Levy and reporting to the Mayor and City Council on the progress of Levy programs. The Oversight Committee makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council regarding policies that govern the use of Levy funds, but does not participate in fund allocation.

In 2009, Seattle voters passed a seven-year, $145 million Housing Levy. Seattle Housing Levyprograms create and preserve affordable rental housing for families, individuals and youth who are homeless; seniors and people with disabilities; and low-wage working families and individuals. Levy programs also assist first-time homebuyers and provide emergency rent assistance to prevent homelessness. Since 1981, Seattle voters have approved one bond and four levies to create and preserve affordable housing. There are now over 11,000 City-funded apartments for lower-income Seattle residents, and over 800 home buyers purchased their first home with affordable City-funded loans.

The Housing Levy Oversight Committee is made up of eleven community representatives, a City employee appointed by the Mayor, and a City employee appointed by the City Council. The Mayor appoints five community representatives, who are then confirmed by the Council. No more than five Oversight Committee members can be affiliated with an organization that receives or competes for Levy funding. Oversight Committee meetings are held quarterly. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. Commissioners serve three-year terms.

To be considered, please send a resume and letter of interest to Kelly Gonzalez at the Seattle Office of Housing: kelly.gonzalez@seattle.gov. The application period opens Monday, October 20, 2014 and remains open until Monday, November 10, 2014.

For more information on the Seattle Housing Levy, visit www.seattle.gov/housing/levy.