Each campaign cycle, DSA examines ballot initiatives and candidates to better understand how they will address member priorities in the center city. We encourage you to visit this page for information and insights during elections.
Partnership for Zero to Address Homelessness Downtown
Launched in early 2022, the Partnership for Zero is an innovative public-private collaboration committed to dramatically reducing homelessness in targeted areas of King County. Made possible through a historic investment from our region’s philanthropic and business communities, the effort will focus first on downtown Seattle, where the concentration of people in need is highest and most acute.
The implementation of this targeted and sustainable approach follows DSA’s calls in 2021 for the King County Regional Homelessness Authority to create a downtown-focused plan to bring the more than 800 people experiencing homelessness downtown inside and get them on a stable path toward long-term or permanent housing.
Led by the KCRHA, the Partnership for Zero approach is based on an emergency-management framework that prioritizes system integration and the coordinated resource deployment necessary to intentionally and methodically engage the unsheltered population downtown and address their unique needs by pairing them with appropriate services and resources.
The partnership funding will allow for the hiring and management of a right-sized workforce of trained incident responders and peer navigators — individuals with lived experience themselves — that are able to do the difficult work of caring for people in need and providing longitudinal support throughout their entire journey toward stability and beyond.
Once the plan’s initial goals are realized, the KCRHA will sustain progress by maintaining the infrastructure to rapidly respond to new individuals experiencing homelessness downtown while also methodically moving on to other areas of the region in need.
Recent Campaign Successes
Below are a few of the initiatives DSA has directly endorsed and supported in recent years.
The Building for Learning levies, endorsed by DSA and approved by voters in February 2022, renewed funding for day-to-day operations, staff, programs and student opportunities as well as critical technology, health and safety improvements to school buildings.
Harborview Medical Center serves as the primary Level 1 Trauma Care Center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The Harborview Health for All proposition raised $1.7B to add patient rooms, expand the emergency services department, update infection control capacity, complete seismic upgrades and make other improvements.
The 2021 Seattle Transportation Benefits District raises $30-45M annually for six years through a 0.15% sales tax. Revenue will generate more than 150,000 bus service hours and provide transit relief for West Seattle commuters. The measure also funds essential capital projects, maintenance, and transit access programs for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and low income communities.
Schools First, endorsed by DSA and approved by Seattle voters in 2019, included two levy renewals that will raise nearly $2 billion for Seattle Public Schools. The capital levy will fund school remodels, repairs and maintenance; the operations levy funds day-to-day operations, including staffing. Support for future planning for a downtown school is included in the levy.
This levy helps ensure kids enter kindergarten prepared to succeed, achieve academically (thereby reducing Seattle’s achievement gap), and go on to graduate from high school prepared for college or a career.
In response to a damaging tax on jobs passed by the Seattle City Council in 2018, DSA launched the No Tax on Jobs campaign to repeal the tax on the November ballot. In just a few weeks, over 40,000 signatures were gathered (more than double what was required) causing the Council to ultimately repeal the tax and avoid a drawn-out public battle.
The King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy is crucial to protecting veterans, helping the most vulnerable and lifting many in our community out of homelessness.
Sound Transit 3 is a comprehensive regional investment in our future transportation network. This package includes major new light rail construction and Sounder train service as well as bus rapid transit and ST bus expansions.
The Yes! For Homes levy produces and preserves thousands of affordable apartments, assists low-income homeowners and provides funding for homelessness prevention.
The Schools First levy raises hundreds of millions of dollars to fund the day-to-day educational operations critical to our public school system.
Let’s Move Seattle funded an integrated transportation plan to address safety issues, street repairs and improved mobility for residents without vehicles.
Yes for Transit increased the reliability and frequency of critical bus routes across Seattle.
The Metropolitan Parks District created a new, sustainable funding source to repair, maintain and restore basic services at city parks, community centers and regional attractions throughout Seattle.