Virtual Coffee Chat with Rep. Ryu and Special Guests on July 16, 2020

Date: Thursday 7/16

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Please join Representative Cindy Ryu and Representative Lauren Davis, with Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith for an informative and interactive Virtual Coffee Chat!

Bring your questions for these three as we discuss modern pressing issues such as Housing, Behavioral Health, and Social Justice work in our communities.

Guests may attend on Zoom (register below) or view on Facebook Live.

Thank you!

Rep. Cindy Ryu

Paid for by:  Friends For Cindy Ryu
PO Box 33548
Seattle, WA  98133-0548

Support for WA Low Income Housing Alliance #RentReliefNow

I support Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s advocacy for Federal funding of emergency rental assistance. #RentReliefNow.

Excerpt below from a message from Rachael Myers, Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.


On May 15, the U.S. House passed the HEROES Act by a vote of 208-199. Thanks to the powerful and effective work of advocates across the country and the support of congressional housing champions, the bill includes $100 billion in emergency rental assistance; $11.5 billion in additional funding to prevent and respond to coronavirus outbreaks among people experiencing homelessness; and a national, uniform moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. These priorities were included because 140+ Representatives and 30+ Senators sponsored the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act lead by our own Rep. Denny Heck, and co-sponsored by Washington Representatives Jayapal, DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, Schrier, and Smith, and Sen. Murray. This is an important step forward, but there’s still so much to do. Congress must take every step to prevent housing instability and homelessness as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Take action today to urge Congress to ensure housing stability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic!

Take Action! 

Even if you’ve already taken action, please contact your members of Congress today to thank those who have co-sponsored theRent Relief Act and ask those who haven’t to show their support. You can also tweet thanks using #RentReliefNow. (Here’s a link to Twitter handles of sponsors.) If you represent an organization or a state or local elected official, please also consider joining this national sign on letter urging House and Senate leaders to address housing needs in the next relief package.

In community,

~rachael


Rep. Cindy Ryu

Paid for by:  Friends For Cindy Ryu
PO Box 33548
Seattle, WA  98133-0548

Building More Housing Units HB 2364

HB 2364 and its companion SB 6371 increases the Housing Finance Commission’s debt limit from $6B to $8B.  It does not cost the state any money, yet increases access to development of new affordable housing units and preservation of existing units through private activity bonds. HB 1570 increases the document recording surcharge to $62, ensuring continued funding source for the state, counties and cities in their uphill fight against homelessness.  HB 1085 gives local government the option to eliminate minimum floor-space requirements as needed for Tiny Homes.

Housing Affordability Crisis

I chair the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee.  With the new Democratic majority in the Senate, we were able to pass several bills that will chip away at the housing affordability and homelessness crisis.  Surplus Public Property for Public Benefit (HB 2382): The high cost of  land is a major factor in shortage of housing units.  Even with funding,  buildable parcels are hard to find. HB 2382 which I introduced, is an innovative tool:  It requires certain agencies to identify surplus property that is suitable for affordable housing, and it allows agencies and local government to discount or donate surplus land for affordable housing public benefits.