Tenants’ Town Hall Set For Aug. 29 At Northeast Community Center

Danielle Cossey, City Council Office

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 10:21 a.m.

Join Spokane City Council Member Kate Burke at the Tenants’ Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook. The town hall is intended to give a voice to all of the renters in our community, connect them to resources, and discuss policy issues moving forward.

“The housing crisis and low vacancy rate in Spokane have made renters extremely vulnerable to mistreatment. We need to start talking about how to bring balance to the tenant and owner relationship,” says Council Member Burke. “So many people have written or called into my office sharing their stories on the real housing issues happening here in Spokane. I want to provide policies that are going to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

The event is sponsored by the Tenants Union of Washington – Spokane as well as Greater Spokane Progress and will include 13 different resources geared towards assisting tenants. The format will include a resource fair period from 5:30-6 p.m., then speakers, and a time to ask questions of policy experts, local organizations, and advocacy groups.

Spokane currently faces a historically low vacancy rate of around 1%, which means renters have very little power in the current housing market. The town hall is meant to create a space renters in Spokane to share their stories and gain resources.