Video: Questions, concerns about homeless-housing project abound at first Delridge Community Forum

October 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | In Delridge, DESC Delridge project, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 31 Comments

(Photo courtesy Holli Margell)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Three and a half months after first word of a proposed apartment project meant to house 75 homeless people living with mental illness and possibly substance abuse, questions and concerns still abound in Delridge.

That was the bottom line of last night’s first Delridge Community Forum, launching a new volunteer-organized series of mediated conversations on major topics of local interest. The DCF organizing group spun off from the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, after a June community meeting about the Downtown Emergency Service Center‘s proposal left a lot of dissatisfaction, particularly the fact it was in a tiny venue that led to a lot of turnaway.

For last night’s forum, which brought an estimated 150 people to the theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, organizers went to extensive lengths to try to ensure the event would not lean too heavily toward either the pro or con direction, and that it would not dissolve into an angry brouhaha. The only real flash of the latter potential happened when the meeting was already running overtime – and resulted in a quick adjournment.

Ahead – the key points of information and concern, including video of the presentations that preceded the Q/A:

For the June meeting (WSB coverage here) explaining the proposal, DESC executive director Bill Hobson provided a briefing. This time, while Hobson was in attendance along with other DESC leaders, its director of housing Daniel Malone took the microphone to explain the agency and its plan – but without going into site-specific points involving the site, building design, etc.

So we’ll recap that first: DESC has purchased lots on the east side of the 5400 block of Delridge Way SW (map), currently holding small residential buildings (hard to see from the street because of evergreens):

Their building would include 75 studio apartments, and some ground-floor commercial space, as discussed when Delridge community advocates toured DESC facilities in other parts of the city last month (WSB coverage here). The “massing” above is the only sketch that’s been made public. The project will have to go through Design Review, which is one place for public involvement in the process.

Now, here’s our unedited video of the presentations – starting with Malone, and then with two city reps to talk about specifics, Rick Hooper from the Office of Housing, which among other things approves financing for projects like this, and Diane Sugimura, director of the Department of Planning and Development, which reviews and approves development:

One key point if you missed it in the video: Hooper said there would be a decision about DESC’s funding request in about a month. Per our previous conversations with DESC, that’s not the only funding source they’re dealing with, however.

After the speakers, attendees were asked to talk about the project at their respective tables, and then bring up any major questions/concerns.

The first person to do so stressed that while “we support the mission” of housing homeless people, they were concerned about existing neighborhood challenges – no grocery store in walking distance, few amenities for the new residents, “drug activity,” and summarized, “We’re really worried that these people may not be supported to be really successful in this spot,” asking, “how do we support the neighborhood that’s already here?” as well as new residents living with challenges including mental illness and substance abuse.

DESC’s Malone answered first, saying that none of the agency’s existing buildings have “walkable grocery stores” – at previous discussions of the project, it’s been mentioned that residents are offered bus trips to stores, and that some meals are prepared on site – and said DESC takes steps to ensure residents’ “wellbeing.”

The drug-activity issue was then addressed by Seattle Police Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen, who called the 5400 block of Delridge “a very fragile area” that has “seen a transition to positive in the past few years … (with) a lot of people getting involved in their neighborhood.” However, he said, police don’t get enough 911 calls when there’s trouble in the area, particularly involving “open-market drug dealing.”

That was countered later by an attendee who stood up and said that they’ve gotten such lackluster response from 911 calls in the past, “after the 20th call, why would we bother?” (Capt. Paulsen says they are continuing to work with 911 operators when police receive those types of complaints.)

The most vocal opponent of the project to speak at the forum asked flatly, “How do we stop this from actually being built here?” Applause followed. “We are a fragile area … let’s not make it worse.”

Hooper from the city’s housing office fielded the question. He suggested the question from his standpoint could have been rephrased as “How do we send a message not to fund the project because the neighborhood doesn’t want it?” and said his answer to that was basically, you can’t: “That would violate several laws. … Our consideration is not whether neighbors would vote against it … essentially, we have fair-housing laws we have to operate within.”

That reply was in turn characterized by the attendee as sounding like “nothing (opponents) can do …. Tell me something we CAN do, and we’ll start from there.” If it is the proverbial “done deal,” it was suggested, improvements would be needed such as a stoplight or crosswalk at SW Findlay, where residents might “make a mad dash for (a nearby convenience store).”

Another audience question: “Why did you choose a site on Delridge, served by one bus line, no grocery store, no health services, we don’t even have a bank … Why was this site selected?”

DESC’s Malone noted that they are about to break ground on a site at 105th and Aurora and that DESC is “in a constant search for sites to build more housing for the people we served.” They look for lots that are “flat and developable .. we want them to be in places that are decent places to live.”

Another question: How will the city support the neighborhood’s economic-development efforts, if this project is built?

Steve Johnson of the city’s Office of Economic Development said he didn’t envision much economic impact, as there is a “dramatic difference” between a full-fledged apartment building and a shelter where people are sent back out onto the street each morning.

He also addressed the frequently voiced question/complaint about Delridge being devoid of a grocery store. According to Johnson, the area just doesn’t make business sense for supermarket companies because “Delridge is the least-dense strip of land on the whole West Seattle peninsula.” He implied the only way it could ever happen was with some kind of unrealistic subsidy: “I would give Councilmember (Nick) Licata a heart attack if I told him how much money I would need to convince a grocery store to come in with these (existing conditions) … (You can’t) push the market where it’s not going to go. I understand that’s not what you want to hear, but there’s not a lot we can do to convince businesses to come here.” That said, he added, “We will do anything we can to help any individual business owner grow and take root and survive.”

DESC was then asked about crime rates in the neighborhoods surrounding their buildings. Hobson said the Rainier Valley location is the only one that’s been studied for that, and “after 18 months, there’s no appreciable difference, up or down.” Regarding the “recovery” of those it houses, he repeated DESC’s contention that “housing stability” is vital for improving the lives and circumstances of those who live in its buildings, and that after the first year, 95 percent of their clients “are connected with case managers,” though that doesn’t necessarily mean they abstain from drugs and alcohol.

A high level of concern was voiced by the next questioner, who prefaced her words with, “We support your mission, but our community is going to be immediately impacted by this change.” She listed who’s already in the area – “two day cares, parks, bus stops,” Boren school, which is likely to reopen as a temporary elementary next fall, and Delridge Library. “You all are talking like this is going to happen. We want to know, why should it happen, and how could it stop?”

Another attendee interjected, “I live here, and I want to say, I don’t think it’s bad for our neighborhood. Give us reasons” why it would be bad.

Responding to that, the woman said, “What are these people doing during the day? … What are your residents doing to work, to earn, to have the privilege of a roof over their head?”

From there, the discussion briefly veered into a back and forth between the opponent and the supporter, who retorted, “We don’t live in a police state. … Do you want to talk about what is going on inside YOUR home?”

And right about then, the moderator and organizers stepped in to point out the meeting was already about 20 minutes behind schedule, and that they needed to adjourn into any smaller discussions people might want to have. They also invited anyone left with unanswered questions to contact forum organizers, via delridgeforum.blogspot.com, where they also promised to publish answers in the days ahead. (You also can find them on Facebook at facebook.com/delridgeforum.) Whether their next forum will be on this topic or another one, has yet to be decided.

Meanwhile, DESC has an information page about the project on its website (find it here) – and we noticed that a new “information sheet” has been posted as well, a one-sheet about the Delridge proposal (find it here). Even under an “optimistic timeline,” that one-sheet projects, the building would not be open before fall 2013.

31 Comments

  1. This is really unfair to Delridge. The community has worked so hard at rising itself up. This seems like such a kick in the gut. Opposition has nothing to do with not being supportive of our fellow citizens, it has to do with being realistic about the placement. If we are that opposed to housing facilities like this we wouldn’t pay taxes. We pay taxes for a civilized society, part of that is the understanding that social justice is evenly spread. Put this into Magnolia, Queen Anne, or some other upper middleclass area. We all must carry the burden. Delridge residents need to make this issue heard by Council members and state officials. Nothing is set in stone. You become loud enough people will react.

    Comment by Neighbor — 2:58 pm October 12, 2011 #

  2. This is a tough one for both sides of the issue. I guess one really good side is that many folks atteneded the meeting!

    As to the question about someone asking “Why did you choose a site on Delridge, served by one bus line, no grocery store, no health services, we don’t even have a bank … Why was this site selected?”

    I don’t know for certain, but think 99% of it, has to do with land costs in the area. If it were a more expensive neighbrohood in WS, the city couldn’t afford it.

    Thanks to the WSB for the great coverage about the meeting.

    Comment by KO — 3:04 pm October 12, 2011 #

  3. Wonderful. So while we can’t stop we can at least make it extremely difficult for them to get the zoning and design approvals by continually voicing our concerns and issues. Add expense to the building and process, if we can’t stop them might as well have them use as much $$$ as possible to get the project done.

    Comment by JD — 3:54 pm October 12, 2011 #

  4. KO…the city is not providing the funding.
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    There is a supportive housing unit less than 1/2 mile from where this forum was held last night. How many problems has it caused the neighbors in Delridge. Also, it should be noted that there is a mental health facility in Delridge as well. Have you heard about any problems that this has caused our neighbors in Delridge? I also wonder how many neihgbors in Delridge truly believe that we don’t have homeless neighbors already amongst us?

    Comment by Pete — 4:01 pm October 12, 2011 #

  5. Though a valiant effort by neighbors to organize this event, it was really disappointing, and frankly sad, to see how DCF organizers’ fears of appearing biased on the subject (and fears of publicly expressed dissent) resulted in extreme suffocation of the community voices in the room.
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    The warning from the facilitator that she had the “authority to shut the meeting down if she felt it became at all uncivil” was a definite silencing mechanism and did not serve to support free speech.
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    This continued as the meeting finally got underway (after 45 min. of preamble) to the DESC taking more than 50% additional time than they were allotted to present their plans for the neighborhood of Delridge.
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    Next, neighbors endured talking heads who were invited as “experts” — all city employees who must tow the party line and praise this program because it has been blessed by the city council and mayor. There was little room for neighbors to be heard, much less get a word in edgewise.
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    By 8:25pm (5 min. before the meeting was scheduled to conclude) when only one neighbor had been called on to ask a question, it became clear, this was not “A Conversation with DESC”.
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    Of the 20 or so tables, only 4 were called on to ask questions. When they did, they were pressed repeatedly to “keep your question to 1 minute” (and then sit down with no back and forth allowed). DESC and city employees had no time limits placed or enforced on them. No wonder neighbors starting interjecting questions at 8:40pm after the meeting was set to end. They had not had a chance to speak!
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    Bottom line: DESC is focused on their own agenda. They are not concerned with how their project will impact our neighborhood. If neighbors want to organize to alter this project (to make it smaller, to put criteria on who can be housed there, to require DESC to keep the entire first floor as a commercial space–not just a small portion of it) they should feel encouraged, not shut down. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. The story is not over yet.
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    Someone will need to be BOLD and come forth from the community to spearhead.
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    Come to the NDNC meetings, join the Google Group at http://www.NDNC.org, post on this blog, post on the West Seattle Herald (http://www.westseattleherald.com/2011/10/12/news/forum-proposed-homeless-housing-project-delridge-), and act *quickly* because while these “conversations” were being organized, the DESC has been getting their funding moving along.
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    Don’t believe them that it’s a “done deal”. That’s what they tell you so you won’t try to fight them. They’ve done it in other neighborhoods. It’s a tactic that works. DESC has not shown good faith in our community, so don’t believe the lines they spew. They are tactics. They have experience in how to shut down communities to bulldoze their own agenda through. But it doesn’t have to go that way.
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    Funders should hear from our community and how this project will negatively impact the neighborhood. Calling all letter writers! It’s time to act.
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    WSB- Thanks for your coverage. Are you certain DESC has purchased the property yet? My understanding was that they only started the process but have not secured funding to close on the property. Can you check that fact for us? Thanks!

    Comment by I heart Delridge — 4:04 pm October 12, 2011 #

  6. The city HAS been asked to provide at least some of the funding for this project. I just replayed our video to be sure I hadn’t misheard – and Rick Hooper said very clearly that DESC has applied for city housing $ and that a decision would be made in about a month. I also had previously reported that their funding sources include city money. They are not the sole source of funding, but if approved, they would put up at least part of the cost. I am looking for public records on past projects and for example, there was $2 million of city money in the 1810 Eastlake funding, out of $11 million, and $4 million of city money for the Aurora project that DESC is about to build. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:18 pm October 12, 2011 #

  7. My apologies, I was obviously mistaken. I guess what I meant to say, land costs defintely are a dtermining factor on where things are built. Sorry about my error.

    Comment by KO — 4:21 pm October 12, 2011 #

  8. TR…do you know if this money comes from the Housing Levy or out of the city General Fund? Or does it flow through a state or federal program?

    Comment by Pete — 4:46 pm October 12, 2011 #

  9. This is literally 200 yards from my house and I don’t really know what to think. I don’t want to buy into the fearmongering, but it seems to me that with 8 of these properties already in existence there would be a bit more information about impacts on crime and property values surrounding these places.

    Comment by Ronnie — 5:21 pm October 12, 2011 #

  10. it’s nice to already be in the hole with real estate prices, now my land value will decrease, and I’ll be forced to stay in this neighborhood come good or come bad.

    Let’s make the area appreciable before we decide to depreciate it.

    Living across the street from most of the major delridge drug activity, I can honestly say I have seen a major decrease in police presence, how can you not know the house is dealing drugs? I guess I have to setup a camera and record it.

    I honestly hope this doesn’t become a scar in delridge, I like supporting those who need it, but, if possible, at least put them on a program towards civilization.

    Comment by k2 — 5:29 pm October 12, 2011 #

  11. @Pete would that be the facility on Avalon Way?

    Comment by mookie — 5:35 pm October 12, 2011 #

  12. JD’s comment perfectly encapsulates everything that is wrong with this city and its endless process. What a stupid, thoughtless NIMBY reaction.

    Comment by jno — 5:45 pm October 12, 2011 #

  13. Pete, the city info indicates Housing Levy funding but I have to drill down a couple more layers to see if that’s where they make ALL their grants from. If nothing obvious is online I’ll check with the Office of Housing …

    Comment by WSB — 7:27 pm October 12, 2011 #

  14. KO, it is Pete who is in error; no need for your to apologize to anyone. As WSB stated, the multi-million dollar DESC projects are paid for primarily through tax payer funds at many levels (local, federal, state and a small portion from private donors).
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    And to Pete’s points, Avalon Place (the nearby facility he mentions) is NOT a DESC facility. Avalon Place differs tremendously from the DESC project proposed for Delridge:
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    1. Avalon Place is not a DESC project, it’s a Transitional Resources project. An entirely different organization with some similarities but many differences.
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    2. Avalon Place provides an opportunity for tenants to learn a trade through their courtyard gardening program. They sell the vegetables to restaurants and provide vocational skills to tenants. DESC mentioned no such training and requires NOTHING of their tenants as far as programming, contribution in the community, job training, rehabilitation for addiction.
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    3. Avalon Place is a much smaller facility (16 units compared to 75–quite a difference!). DESC will be among the LARGEST of DESC’s projects to date and Delridge is the SMALLEST and LEAST DENSE community they have forced themselves on. (Yes, forced. I have personally talked with people in other communities and they said their experience with DESC was much like ours has been “You are getting this whether you like it or not!”–direct quote from Exec. Director of DESC at initial community meeting this summer.)
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    4. Avalon Place is both walkable and an easy and direct door-to-door bus route to a major grocery store–something DESC themselves have stated repeatedly is a needed for a successful project. Delridge has one bus route and it is not door to door to any local grocery stores. No, you cannot take the bus to the QFC in Westwood Village. Try it. It is a long, steep walk down Barton, then into the QFC parking lot. Walking back up the hill to the bus stop on Delridge with groceries would prove difficult for a fit and healthy person, much less someone with physical limitations or impaired mental faculties. The 120 bus does not take Delridgians E-W so no direct access to the many grocers in West Seattle either.
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    5. Avalon Place is not in the middle of an underdeveloped and chronically neglected neighborhood. It’s near some thriving commerce in both directions, as are most other DESC projects, despite what has been stated by DESC “experts” on Tues. night. Example: DESC’s Rainier House (often touted by DESC as the closest of their projects to the Delridge hopeful) is one block from thriving and walkable Columbia City, food sources, amenities, resources, entertainment…These comparisons really are ridiculous! Delridge is named a “food desert” for a reason!
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    6. Avalon Place does not displace the possibility of commerce in its surrounding community. The DESC project in Delridge would take up 3 properties that were intended for future development of much needed BASIC amenities for the current North Delridge population. The block where DESC wants to put their project is the same block that has been part of a long-term neighborhood vision: The Brandon Node.
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    There are extremely limited commercially zoned properties in North Delridge. In another neighborhood, 3 parcels might seem miniscule; in Delridge removing those 3 parcels will eat up the limited commercially zoned properties we have to bring basic amenities to this community.
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    People like Pete who perpetuate these comparisons are comparing apples and oranges and would serve this community better by paying attention to relevant details instead of using large brush strokes. http://westseattleblog.com/2011/06/transitional-resources-new-avalon-place-to-open-in-2-weeks.

    Comment by I heart Delridge — 8:12 pm October 12, 2011 #

  15. Pete Part I-Rick ____? from some city housing office told everyone at the meeting that he he has the power and will make the call in a month or so as to whether he will provide a portion of the funding for this project. Who cares if the tax payer dollars he shepherds comes from the city, feds, state, county or what have you. It is all friggin’ tax payer dollars.
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    Pete Part II-Did you actually listen to the people in the room at the forum who were at the tables with you? Or take a moment to feel the sentiment in the room? Or did you sit with the power brokers and politicians so you could maintain your comfort level? I live near this DESC project and don’t like it being shoved at me and my neighbors. Regardless of what you believe or want to believe, it was obvious that the majority of the neighbors in the rooom thought and felt as I did. Try listening instead of talking like you know what is best for everyone because you don’t. Just curious, do you live near this project, as in a few block radius?
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    Pete Part III-Regarding the Avalon Way and Yancy Street facility, have you spoken with people who live near it to find out what effect it has had on their homes, yards and quality of life? Someone who does live nearby posted here on the WSB a litanty of spill-over from the transitional project into their neighborhood. Things like wandering through their yards, pissing, yelling, etc. And it is less than half the size of what the DESC wants to erect in a known historical spot for crime-n-crap and directly across the street from a library, a day care, three kwik-stop stores and nearby greenbelts and parks galore. None of which is the case with the Avalon Way homeless housing place.

    Comment by cedartwo — 8:29 pm October 12, 2011 #

  16. I-heart-Delridge, when (if) this place is built, I will be able to see it from my living room window. Whoever you are, I’m happy to have you as a neighbor. No need for me to say anything here, as you have said it all perfectly, and anything I add will just distract from it.

    Comment by Ronnie — 10:16 pm October 12, 2011 #

  17. I am grateful for all the effort the DCF put into getting this event going.
    - No one was turned away at the door.
    - we sat face to face with city officials and DESC staff as well as neighbors.
    - there was a united thread in the questions voiced in the time allotted.

    All of those things are a reason to celebrate the power of volunteers. I do think it could have been better moderated and organized, but let us not forget this was put together in less than 3 months by NEIGHBORS!

    Everyone can write a letter, everyone deserves to be heard. I want to see more neighbors at community meetings:)

    Comment by Holli — 10:20 pm October 12, 2011 #

  18. I attended last night’s meeting regarding this proposed housing unit for the “extreme homeless/addiction individuals.” This meeting was a joke. There was not enough time to ask questions of the DESC as well as the other members of the panel. It was a snow job by the DESC and was not respectful of those who live in the area by not addressing the questions asked and for the very limited time for questions. All you heard from the DESC is how great the housing unit will be for the community and how the tenants will add a sense of community to the area. The DESC provided a handout, which stated, “DESC has indicated that it will prohibit sex offenders in the Delridge Facility if the neighborhood requests it.” Are you kidding me! We as a community have to request not to have sexual predators/pedophiles live in subsidized housing on our tax dollars in our community! I asked Daniel Malone of the DESC how many individuals of the community would be needed to request not to house sexual predators/offenders. He stated to have the North Delridge Neighborhood Council send an e-mail requesting that sexual predators/offenders not be housed at their facility. This demonstrates how the DESC has no respect for the community to house these offenders near a school, two day care units, and children. Furthermore, Daniel Malone used code words such as “personal crises, “poor decision making,” and “rules enforcement” to describe issues with tenants of their properties. So what exactly is a “personal crises?” What qualifies as “poor decision making?” This is a waste of our tax dollars for a project that will only detract from a neighborhood that actually is coming a round from the hardwork of people who actually give a damn. The money for this housing can be better spent on the hiring of more police officers, for our schools, or infrastructure. DESC grow a set of balls and have another meeting where our questions can be asked and addressed in an apporpriate amount of time. Again, what a snow job by the DESC.

    Comment by jack — 10:38 pm October 12, 2011 #

  19. To Delridge neighbors-
    Please keep in mind that the Boren school will be filled with up to 1000 kids, starting Sept. 2012. It’s already spoken of as a “done deal” by the Seattle School District, and an early Nov. vote by the School Board will confirm this. It is spoken of as a temporary location, but no other solutions have been presented until possibly 2015 or 2016 if a bond election is approved (Feb 2013) for new construction. Those kids will be there longer than just one year…

    Comment by tk — 9:53 am October 13, 2011 #

  20. @ i heart Delridge – Thank you for summarizing the major issues that were not addressed. You are spot on. It is a real loss that the room felt stifled, and suppressed. The Q and A session was virtually one-way and literally handed over to city and DESC staff. Gee, who would have guessed that they would steal the show. Four out of twenty-plus tables got to ask questions and the responses were many times incomplete and needed to be challenged.

    Comment by Been There — 10:05 am October 13, 2011 #

  21. @ holli – I appreciate the effort put forth by neighbors who pulled this meeting together, however it is was through ignorance or naiveté that they didn’t realize that it is always the case that given an opportunity an organization such as the DESC — which has its own agenda that is regrettably supported carte blanche by elected officials and therefore city staff — will end up overpowering citizens when given an opening. Maybe this was the deal the forum planners had to make with the DESC to get them to show up. Perhaps they could tell us?
    The facilitator dropped the ball and allowed the DESC to run long in their initial presentation and entered the meeting with what seemed to be her own agenda. She was not un-biased. The DESC was provided a wide opening at this meeting and it ended up not being a dialogue, but a sales job, one where you are told you are buying the product whether you like it or not, you just get to choose the color.

    Comment by Been There — 10:27 am October 13, 2011 #

  22. As invited, I did talk to Rick Hooper (Director, Office of Housing) about the issue over the allotment of 75 extreme low income housing units in the area.
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    For those who don’t know, the city is not allowed to force all extreme low income housing into one neighborhood. Obviously, the city doesn’t want to create slums.
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    The city has said that this figure is based on the % of housing projects in the area that are at extreme low income levels (I think it was around $20k/yr). My concern is that the city is only analyzing official housing projects and not taking in consideration the general population.
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    I asked Rick, and he confirmed my fear. The number is based on assisted housing incomes only. Delridge slum lords or room-only rentals are not taken into account. I sincerely believe that if the general population was included, the city would not be able to allow this location. Unfortunately, the Department of Housing has already provided a letter approving 75 units. I just don’t know what to do, here.

    Comment by AEL — 1:33 pm October 13, 2011 #

  23. We need to stop this… 1,000 kids next door to molesters, drug addicts, and “rehabbed criminals”! Does city zoning really allow this? or since they’re pseudo-government they can push through whatever they want!!!

    Comment by NB — 2:18 pm October 13, 2011 #

  24. @BeenThere:
    Assumptions breed false information, and stifle effective action. My comment was directed at the slew of previous critical comments/assumptions that the DCF organizers were in cahoots with DESC. I may be naive to believe them when they say they merely want to provide information.

    You are correct, and I agree that DESC dominated, and wasted time trying to sell the idea. We as a community didn’t get enough time to be heard. I hope that those who feel passionate about the issue find a way to channel it loudly.

    Personally, I have enough information to write my own letters and send emails now. I just hope everyone else does so too.

    Comment by Holli — 6:12 pm October 13, 2011 #

  25. NB, Why don’t we all keep to the facts. Look at the easilty accessible sex offenders registry (http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54473) and see how may “molesters” live among us right now. I was at the meeting and it appears that many of our neighbors have little interest in the facts, but instead are more interested in perpetuating a hysteria based on half-truths and vague assumptions. The type of program DESC has been shown to generally work well in numerous case studies and peer reviewed published literature. The one study targeted on a specific DESC faciltiy and crime indicates no increase in crime rate.

    I for one, am proud to live in a diverse neighborhood and have compassion for those less fortunate than me. Based on all of the evidence available, it appears these facilities are relatively safe and effective. Let’s all take a step back and let rational thought prevail on this issue. There are valid concerns that have a right to be heard and addressed by DESC and the City, but lets leave the NIMBYism and nasty rhetoric at the door. It doesn’t help and only aids to tear apart the neighborhood that we all purport to care about.

    Comment by Rational Rex — 6:23 pm October 13, 2011 #

  26. Does anyone know who to contact from the city where the DESC will be requesting housing funds? Thanks.

    Comment by jack — 7:48 pm October 13, 2011 #

  27. Jack – I just researched the process, which is spelled out in this document:
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    http://www.seattle.gov/housing/levy/docs/Levy_A+F_Plan_2012-2013.pdf
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    Page 22 has the main details. And reiterates that the director of the Office of Housing – currently Rick Hooper, who spoke at the meeting on Tuesday night – has the final say.
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    TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:40 am October 14, 2011 #

  28. Jack –

    rick.hooper@seattle.gov

    Phone: 206-684-0338

    Rick Hooper – Director
    City of Seattle Office Of Housing
    PO Box 94725
    Seattle, WA 98124-4725

    Comment by Been There — 9:57 am October 14, 2011 #

  29. Tracy,

    I just took a look at the pdf you linked above, but I see it doesn’t take effect until Jan 1, 2012. Will this project be under the 2010-2011 Plan, or the new one? Do you happen to know the major differences between the two plans?

    Thank you…

    Comment by Delridge resident — 12:48 pm October 15, 2011 #

  30. I left a message yesterday regarding this project. I have not received a call yet. I wanted to know if the zoning requirements will not allow sex offenders due to the proximity to the day cares and school? Does anyone know will there be another meeting regarding this project?

    Thanks,

    Jack

    Comment by jack — 6:42 pm October 19, 2011 #

  31. Jack-

    Keep hounding Rick Hooper at Office Of Housing to get your question(s) answered, a response from him in writing would be best.

    In regards to another meeting, contact the Delridge Community Forum, a group of neighbors that put the meeting together at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center by writing to them here: delridgeforum@gmail.com

    Hopefully they can fill you in on what their plan is for another meeting for neighbors. If you find out anything, please post it here in this thread on the WSB and here: http://groups.google.com/group/northdelridge?hl=en

    Comment by Been There — 8:27 am October 21, 2011 #

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