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Record No: Res 31773    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Full Council Agenda Ready
Current Controlling Legislative Body Sustainability and Transportation Committee
Final Action:
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION affirming The City of Seattle's commitment to racial equity and social justice and recognizing the Seattle Department of Transportation's Transportation Equity Program, created to provide safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options that support communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, LGTBQ people, women and girls, youth, and seniors to thrive in place in vibrant and healthy communities, and eliminate or mitigate racial disparities and the effects of displacement.
Sponsors: Mike O'Brien
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation (9/19/17), 3. Presentation (12/8/17)
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION affirming The City of Seattle's commitment to racial equity and social justice and recognizing the Seattle Department of Transportation's Transportation Equity Program, created to provide safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options that support communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, LGTBQ people, women and girls, youth, and seniors to thrive in place in vibrant and healthy communities, and eliminate or mitigate racial disparities and the effects of displacement.
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WHEREAS, in Seattle transportation is the second highest household cost for all households after housing, disproportionately affecting low-income households, and safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation is a key contributor to households accessing and retaining housing and employment; and
WHEREAS, in Seattle and across the United States, communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity tend to live, work, play, and learn in concentrated areas, including often formerly redlined neighborhoods, or have been displaced to areas where barriers to safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation and housing among other race-based socio-economic disparities persist; and
WHEREAS, according to "The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County-Level Estimates," a national study on upward mobility published in 2015 by Harvard researchers, Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, commute time emerged as the single strongest indicator of the odds of escaping poverty, underscoring that the further low-income families must travel to access socio-economic opportunities or a...

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