Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Monday, July 26, 2021 at 4:10 p.m.
Mayor Nadine Woodward proclaimed a housing emergency in Spokane today and announced a lengthy set of actions to address the need for additional inventory and access.
Woodward proposed more than two dozen priority actions that can be taken administratively and in partnership with the City Council to immediately improve housing availability. The recommendation are easily achievable this year and a precursor to potential subsequent strategies, Woodward said. Actions related to staffing, code requirements, and community engagement are among the initial steps.
“We are at a crossroads in our community and with this proclamation I am taking immediate action to address the critical housing needs in our city,” Woodward said. “These initial steps will take advantage of some existing market momentum and help sustain it.”
Notable administrative actions include:
Woodward’s proposal also contemplates working with the legislative branch of government on budgetary and municipal code solutions, among them:
The announcement follows months of gathering ideas, input, and feedback from experts and stakeholders.
Woodward has also worked with the City Council to develop a joint list of priorities. Many of the priorities outlined in Woodward’s plan are expected to be considered by the City Council during its legislative meeting tonight.