Seattle — Ahead of the “Seattle for All Ages” debate, former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan highlighted her “Age-Friendly Seattle” agenda as part of her Affordable Seattle Agenda, which would make Seattle more affordable to all generations, including older adults.
As part of her “Age-Friendly Seattle” agenda, Durkan would:
- Enroll low income seniors in property tax exemption programs;
- Work with leaders in Olympia to give seniors additional property tax relief;
- Implement a rent voucher program to help vulnerable seniors with rising housing costs;
- Create a single stop online portal to make it simple and easy for older adults to enroll in all city benefit programs and consolidate and simplify the application process;
- Develop a transportation pilot program for free and reduced cost transportation for lower income and vulnerable seniors;
- Support our caregivers and increase access to important meal programs; and
- Increase transportation options including pedestrian safety programs and creating more sidewalks.
“Seattle is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and retire, but rising costs and affordability issues have made it difficult for many families and older adults to remain in the city. In every part of our city, I’ve heard the concerns of our older adults who want the next mayor to have the experience and vision to tackle the affordable crisis from every angle for this generation as well as the next generation. As mayor, I would work to lower housing costs for both renters and homeowners, deliver affordable transportation options, and support our caregivers,” said Jenny Durkan.
Jenny Durkan’s Affordable Seattle Agenda is a comprehensive plan to tackle Seattle’s affordability crisis from every angle. This includes protecting and creating more affordable housing, building true economic empowerment for all residents, solving homelessness, addressing rising costs, and creating safer, more affordable transportation options.
For Immediate Release, October 10, 2017