Homeless, Affordable housing, and TAX Levy


“ Beatrice Holvert, a lifelong Seattle resident who recently received rental assistance after her work hours were cut, spoke at Murray’s news conference. She said the existing levy kept her and the granddaughter she’s raising from being homeless.

“I just want this levy to pass because I know there are other people out there in need,” Holvert said.”  – Seattle times, Mayor proposes doubling size of Seattle Housing Levy, February 3, 2016


Seattle is a city where beautiful natural scenery coexists, unlike Seoul where I lived. However, Seattle has a same problem that Seoul also has- there are many homeless in Seattle and there is an affordable housing problem. Where humans exist, the problem of housing always exists.

I think that homelessness and affordable housing problems are important to human dignity. In Korea, from ancient days, we emphasize that clothes, foods, and housing are important to protect human dignity.

I think that housing related to homelessness is the biggest issue among the three problems, because we need a lot of money, and space to solve this problem is very important problem, so we need to have constant discussion.

Who is responsible? Who cares about this problem?

Many think that the reason for homelessness is due to an individual person’s dishonesty, but I believe that homeless and affordable housing issues are complex social phenomenon. If someone doesn’t get a job, then he/she will become homeless. Is this a person’s fault, or is this a government or society fault?

It’s hard to understand whose fault this is. These problems come from the by-products of capitalism, but this problem is our community’s problem. So, we should approach the community’s perspective.

one of the ways to solve the problem, I agree with is a solution proposed by the Seattle’s mayor which is to double the size of Seattle Housing Levy. The levy would use $11.5 million to provide rental assistance and other services to 4,500 families at risk of becoming homeless, and it would use $12.5 million to help 200 low-income households remain in their homes and 180 become first-time homebuyers.

As I mentioned before, homeless and affordable housing issues are our community problem. So, we should share the pain. The good way to share pain is increasing taxes. – without money, we can’t solve the homelessness and affordable housing problem.

From Seongwoong Kwon


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