Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lockhaven Tenants Union Meets with Seattle City Council Members

LTU met for nearly two hours on Monday night with Seattle City Council Members Mike O’Brien and Nick Licata and aide to Kshama Sawant, Josh Koritz, at the Lockhaven apartments, in the home of a tenant who is going to be displaced by new owners GRE Lockhaven.  

All three Councilmembers expressed their support for LTU’s efforts. There was a wide-ranging discussion on the issues of affordable housing in Seattle, predatory actions by greedy developers, and displacement relocation assistance for all who need it. The Councilmembers agreed to support the LTU in our efforts to secure a second meeting with Goodman Real Estate.

The LTU has sent a proposal to Goodman Real Estate and its staff, including Kerry Lynch and Anissa Olberg,  requesting a second meeting with Goodman Real Estate, Sharon Lee of the Low Income Housing Institute, and the LTU to negotiate for affordability, relocation assistance, transparency, and clarity in the protections for protected tenants. We have requested a response by the end of the day this Friday, February 7. 

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