The Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-displacement Strategies Report was transmitted to the King County Council on September 30, 2021 and is now available to the public!

King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Department of Local Services (DLS) partnered with community members for over a year to develop the Anti-displacement Strategies Report for the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline areas.

The report examined 14 strategies and recommends the following 10 strategies:

  • Community Preference
  • Property Tax Exemption
  • Priority Hire
  • Inclusionary Housing
  • Tenant Relocation Assistance
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Affordable Rental Housing Development
  • Community Land Trusts
  • Manufactured Home Community Preservation
  • Redevelopment Assistance

The report provides analysis on each strategy including a definition, impact on displacement, connection to Skyway-West Hill and North Highline, community input, feasibility, and recommendations.
 

Link to the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (12 pages)

Link to the FULL REPORT (150 pages)

King County staff conducted a robust community engagement  process which resulted in substantive contributions to the report's recommendations and the inclusion of strategies generated by community members. Over 200 community members participated in the community engagement activities which ranges from interactive workshops to surveys and interviews. Nearly all the community meetings were co-designed and co-facilitated by a team of community leaders rooted in communities most impacted by displacement. Huge thank you to the following Community Facilitators for their leadership on the community engagement process and for contributing guidance on the strategy analysis and recommendations:

  • Cherryl Jackson-Williams, Renton School District
  • Hamdi Abdulle, African Community Housing and Development
  • Jeannie Williams, West Hill Community Association
  • Kimberly Sopher-Dunn, New Birth Center for Community Inclusion
  • Regina Elmi, Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond (formerly known as Somali Parent Education Board)
  • Tram Chung, White Center Community Development Association
  • Yen Baynes, White Center Community Development Association

More detailed information about the report and the community engagement process, including links to slides and recordings of all the community meetings, can be found on this Public Input site!

Now that the report is live, please tell us what you think and share your thoughts on what ongoing engagement with the community should look like!

 

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    What do you think about the report's recommendations?

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    How often would you like King County to report out on the progress of this work?

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    How confident do you feel that the report's recommendations will be implemented and have a positive impact on preventing displacement and increasing affordable housing?

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    What would make you feel more confident that the recommendations will be implemented and have a positive impact on preventing displacement and increasing affordable housing?

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    What other feedback or comments you would like to share about the report or what you hope for implementation and ongoing engagement with the community?

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    October 6, 2021 - Community Briefing on Final Recommendations and Next Steps

    On October 6, 2021 King County’s Departments of Community and Human Services and Local Services co-hosted a community briefing to share the final recommendations in the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-displacement Strategies Report and discuss next steps in implementation.

    You can review the presentation slides and a partial recording of the meeting online.

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    September 30, 2021 -- Report is transmitted to Council!

    The Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-displacement Strategies Report was transmitted to the King County Council on September 30, 2021 and is now available to the public!

    You can review the Executive Summary and the Full Report online.

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    April 10, 2021 1:00-3:30pm - Community Report Back on Draft Recommendations

    King County staff presented a summary of the community input and the draft Anti-Displacement recommendations which were developed over the last six months through a participatory community engagement process. This was the final community meeting about the draft recommendations before the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Strategies Report will be finalized.

    You can review the slides and the recording of the session online.

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    March 20, 2021 1:00-3:30pm - Inclusionary Zoning Discussion

    King County's Department of Community and Human Services and Department of Local Services co-hosted a virtual Inclusionary Zoning Policy Presentation and Discussion for residents of Skyway-West Hill and North Highline, as a follow up to the recently completed Anti-Displacement workshop series. Residents reviewed possible options for an Inclusionary Zoning policy in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline and provided input and feedback. 

    Slides and a recording of the meeting are available online.

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    January 30, 2021 - Anti-Displacement Recommendations Discussion

    At the virtual Anti-Displacement Recommendations Discussion, 35 community members came together to share their priorities and recommendations for preventing displacement and increasing affordable housing in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline! The ideas shared with the County will help inform the development of recommendations for the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Strategies Report.

    The slides from this session, which include discussion notes, are available online!

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    October- December 2020: Anti-Displacement Workshop Series

    In October 2020, we launched the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement Workshop series. This 3-part series explored strategies in the Skyway-West Hill and North Highline Anti-Displacement report and invited community members to dialogue and share thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns. Over 40 community members participated in the live workshops.

    If you missed the workshops, you can check out the recordings of each session on youtube!

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    August 2020: Anti-Displacement & Subarea Planning Phase II Projects Kick-Off!

    Read a summary of community questions and feedback from our August 18 Kick-Off call here.

    Learn about and provide direction on the North Highline and Skyway-West Hill Subarea Plans, Community Needs Lists, and Anti-Displacement Strategies Report. 

    Questions?

    Yasmeen Perez, Equitable Development Program Manager
    Department of Community and Human Services
    [email protected]
    206-263-8636