Housing Action Subcommittee

Meeting Times

The Housing Action Subcommittee meets the third Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. The meeting location and relevant access information can be found in the applicable meeting agenda below.

Mission Statement/Purpose: The Housing Action Subcommittee (HAS) is a group of appointed volunteer community members who care about the greater Spokane community and want to see it thrive. City Council created the HAS in early 2021 in order to focus on housing issues.

The Housing Action Subcommittee will:

  • Investigate and make periodic reports to City Council on the progress of the City’s efforts toward meeting Comprehensive Plan goals of providing opportunities for a variety of housing needs that is safe and affordable for all income levels, improving the overall quality of Spokane’s housing and monitoring progress towards achieve housing goals.
  • Recommend any necessary changes to the Spokane Municipal Code and other necessary policy actions to advance the City’s Comprehensive Plan housing goals
  • Receive and examine applications for housing project funding as described in Chapter 08.07C, SMC and from other locally derived sources of funding for housing in Spokane, oversee such projects after the City Council awards funding, and make reports on the outcomes of such funding decisions on at least an annual basis.
  • Organize into workgroups as needed
  • Collaborate and consult with any technical advisory groups established by City Administration in developing the framework and guidance for the implementation of the fund program contemplated in Charter 08.07C, SMC
  • Other specific tasks as assigned or referred to subcommittee by City Council

Equity in Housing

As the City Council considers housing recommendations, it is important to understand and consider the historic context that has contributed to the patterns of inequity present today. Housing options, and especially homeownership, are not equally accessible to everyone in the community. Practices such as 'red lining,' restrictive covenants on property, and exclusionary zoning have had long-lasting impacts on neighborhoods, like wealth inequality, less access to opportunity, and lower health outcomes. These inequalities are reproduced across generations, leading to continued patterns of inequality today.

1929 Red Lining Map

As part of the focus on equity in the Housing Action Plan, we will work to understand and address the history of racial and income inequality. This includes:

  • Reviewing local zoning practices
  • Understanding barriers to accessing housing and homeownership
  • Working with impacted voices to understand experiences
  • Identify communities at risk of displacement
  • Consider strategies to address equitable outcomes

Learn more about housing discrimination in Spokane:

In 2019, the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance created a video outlining the history of housing discrimination in Spokane, funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. View the video and learn more: Systemic Residential Race Discrimination in Spokane - A 6 Minute History.

The federal-sponsored Homeowners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) created maps in cities across the country in the 1930s to evaluate lending risk. Neighborhoods considered high risk were “hazardous” or "redlined," meaning they were denied loans and capital investment. This often corresponded to the presence of low-income households, African Americans and immigrants. Learn more at the University of Richmond's Mapping Inequality project.

Groups

Workgroup: Increase housing supply, options and affordability
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday 8:30 am - 10 am
Participants:

  • Gene Brake, Chair
  • Kristine WIlliams
  • Cliff Winger
  • Marc Ward
  • Greg Francis
  • Terri Anderson
  • Michelle Pappas
  • Carmen Pacheco Jones
  • Ben Stuckart
  • Michelle Girardot
  • Jennyfer Mesa

Workgroup: Preserve housing affordablity and quality
Meeting Time: 4th Thursday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Participants:

  • Terri Anderson, Chair
  • Rebecca Harris
  • Michelle Pappas
  • Kathryn Alexander
  • Jason Ruffing
  • Gene Brake
  • Ben Stuckart
  • Luc Jasmin
  • Carmen Pacheco Jones
  • Doug Engle
  • Jennyfer Mesa

Workgroup: Enhance equitable access to housing and homeownership
Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Participants:

  • Quiton Baker, Chair
  • Rebecca Harris
  • Marc Ward
  • Terri Anderson
  • Ana Trusty
  • Ryann Louie
  • Michelle Pappas
  • Ben Stuckart
  • Gene Brake
  • Darin Watkins
  • Michelle Girardot

Workgroup: Leverage and grow partnerships to support housing iniatives
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Participants:

  • Marc Ward, Chair
  • Quinton Baker
  • Kristine WIlliams
  • Terri Anderson
  • Amber Lenhart
  • Michelle Pappas
  • Jennyfer Mesa
  • Ben Stuckart

Workgroup: Equity Framework
Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Participants:

  • Alex Gibilisco, Chair
  • Terri Anderson
  • Ryann Louie
  • Amber Lenhart
  • Michelle Pappas
  • Carmen Pacheco Jones
  • Michelle Girardot
  • Jennyfer Mesa

Agendas


Contact Information

Policy Director
Brian McClatchey
509.625.6210
bmcclatchey@spokanecity.org

Related Links

Adopted and Draft Plans

Investment Incentives

Infill and Missing Middle Housing

Housing Quality

Fair Housing