This election season is crowded with issues, but for HRB, one rises to the top: the lack of affordable housing. Before you vote on November 2, read the candidates’ views here.
A healthy housing ecosystem supports a balanced community with people of all ages, professions, and socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. It’s not something we can leave to the whims of a housing market that has been undermined by a lack of supply and inordinate demand. HRB urges the city to use the policy tools at its disposal, such as tax exemptions and zoning codes, to create ample and appropriate housing. And we urge you to elect the officials who have the determination, collaborative ethic, and open mind to tackle so complex an issue.
So that you can cast an informed vote, HRB reached out to the candidates with the following two questions:
- The council formed the Affordable Housing Task Force in 2017. What initiatives in the task force report would you champion? And how would you implement these initiatives? [You can read the report here.]
- HRB advocates for housing development on Bainbridge Island that is judicious and environmentally sustainable. How can Bainbridge best balance its environmental sustainability and affordable housing goals?
You can read their responses below.