The agenda for our regular meeting on March 8 (7:00 pm) is attached. We will have updates on several topics including:
- State Legislation on Sunsetting the Houghton Community Council -HB 1769
- La Quinta Hotel Homeless Housing Proposal
- CHNA 2022 Mailer and Event Planning
- Potential Changes to Our CHNA Bylaws (see attachment)
- Various City Code and Plan amendments
1. State Legislation on Sunsetting the Houghton Community Council
HB 1769 (web link above) has passed the State House and is now on the floor of the State Senate. The bill could be voted on any day.. The Legislative session is scheduled to end March 10.
The bill, as currently written, would effectively sunset the existence of the Houghton Community Council immediately. This would ignore the overwhelming (76%) vote of Houghton residents on November 2, 2021 to extend the HCC until December 31, 2025. You can contact any of the Senators to share your thoughts to express your position on the bill. Senators (wa.gov)
2. La Quinta Hotel for Housing
I want to make sure that you are aware that the Houghton Community Council Meeting on Monday February 28 includes discussion of the proposed purchase of the La Quinta Hotel for use as a permanent supportive housing facility.
The Chair of the Houghton Community Council has asked for representatives from King County and the City of Kirkland to attend the Houghton Community Council meeting occurring Monday, February 28, 2022, at 7 p.m. via Zoom and provide information on the potential purchase of La Quinta Hotel by King County for permanent supportive housing.
To view the agenda, including Zoom webinar information, please visit the City's website.
You can read more about the program at - King County's Health Through Housing Initiative in Kirkland – City of Kirkland (kirklandwa.gov)
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting next week. As always, please let us know if you have ideas for topics for future meetings or would like to be part of our Board.
Larry Toedtli, President
Central Houghton Neighborhood Association
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