Veto Response

We call on the Seattle City Council to reaffirm its July 20 unanimous vote to spend $86 million this year on COVID relief, including rental assistance and safe shelter space, expanded grocery vouchers, support for immigrant and refugee communities, and direct assistance to small businesses and childcare providers. We ask you to override Mayor Durkan’s veto and renew the city’s commitment to the JumpStart plan, which was developed in close consultation with hundreds of Seattle businesses, community-based organizations, non-profit service providers, and residents.

Community organizations across the city are calling on the City Council to act urgently to put Seattle’s COVID relief plan back on the right track. Read their open letters to Mayor Durkan and the Council:

Labor Organizations
AFSCME Council 2; Ironworkers 86; IUPAT District 5; Laborers 242; MLK Labor;
Pacific Northwest Regional Carpenters; Protec17; PSARA; SEIU 6; SEIU 925; SEIU 1199NW;
SEIU 775; Teamsters 174; UFCW 21; Unite Here Local 8; Working Washington

Read the letter
Housing & Homelessness Organizations
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness;
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle King County; Enterprise Community Partners; DESC;
Church Council of Greater Seattle; Plymouth Housing; YouthCare; El Centro de la Raza; Arc of King County;
Low Income Housing Institute; Public Defender Association; Poverty Action; Solid Ground

Read the letter
Immigrant & Refugee Rights Organizations
El Centro de la Raza; Casa Latina; OneAmerica; Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

Read the letter