LELO's Family Wage Jobs Organizing Committee invites community members
***COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY FORUM & March with the SEATTLE HOUSING
Saturday, April 23 || 1:00pm - 4:00pm || Rainier Community Center
SHA Community Accountability Forum
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
March for Family Wage Jobs (from Rainier Community Center to Rainier
Public Housing Redevelopment Site)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S.
(Cross streets Rainier Ave. S. and Alaska)
Bus Routes: 7, 9, 39, 42 & 48
*A Free Community Event
*Language Translations Available in Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, East
African and Cambodian
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Bob Markholt - Multiple Trades Program SVI
Casa-Latina Day Labor Center
Center for Career Alternatives
Comite Pro Amnistia General y Justicia Social
Communities Against Rape and Abuse
County Councilmember Larry Gossett
East African Community Development Council
Electrical Workers Minority Caucus IBEW 46
Emerald City Outreach
Filipino Workers Action Center
Representative Bob Hasegawa
International District Housing Alliance
Jobs with Justice
Minority Executive Directors Coalition
Mothers for Police Accountability
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos
SEIU Local 6
Somali Community Services of Seattle
Vietnamese American Economic Development Association
Attend the forum to speak and share your concerns about family wage jobs
employment or if you’ve been trying to get a job at one of SHA’s
construction sites! Express low-income workers, people of color and
workers solidarity at the march! RSVP to 206.860.1400 x5 or
Endorse our FWJ campaign! If you are involved with an organization,
your support by endorsing our campaign! Endorsement entails that LELO
include your name/logo in publicity materials and your organization will
send a representative(s) to the event. Endorsement form is attached.
Through community organizing, the mission of LELO’s Family Wage Jobs
Organizing Project (FWJ) is to increase the employment and develop the
leadership of people of color, recent immigrants and low income women in
building and construction trades by removing institutional and systemic
barriers faced by these constituents groups when trying to enter both
state-approved apprenticeship programs and journey-level jobs.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested into low-income
communities, particularly along MLK Way, through the Seattle Housing
Authority’s (SHA) HUD HOPE VI project redevelopments of New Holly,
Vista and Highpoint. With federal HUD HOPE VI taxpayer dollars, SHA has
torn down existing public housing in order to redevelop mixed-income
Under the 1968 HUD Fair Housing Act, Section 3 requires agencies that
receive public dollars to promote community and economic development
hire low-income residents, youth, and homeless persons that neighbor the
redevelopment sites to the greatest extent feasible.
Given the high unemployment rates and lower income levels of people of
color, immigrants and women residing in South Seattle, and particularly
within SHA’s public housing, the opportunities for employment via the
construction and non-construction jobs made available by these projects
Attend the forum to share and address the needs and concerns that the
community holds SHA and their contractors accountable to:
- Maximize job and training opportunities for the local community.
- Diligent Section 3 enforcement by SHA and their contractors.
- Effective Section 3 tracking and monitoring system to know the level
Section 3 hiring out of the total workforce.
- Share data needed to evaluate Section 3 hiring performance.
- Hiring trained state certified apprentices.
PURPOSE OF THE FORUM & MARCH
- Receive an update from the Community Oversight Committee (comprised of
LELO, Jobs with Justice, Tenants Union, Seattle Vocational Institute,
and other community groups) on writing strong Section 3 contractor bid
language that maximizes local low-income hiring and training.
- Listen to the concerns of low-income residents, workers and leaders
regarding the need for jobs and training at SHA’s HOPE VI redevelopment
sites of New Holly, Rainier Vista and Highpoint.
- Hear about SHA’s plans for redevelopment and hiring and training.
- Demand the accountability and full implementation of SHA’s 100% new
promise to the community.
- Half (50%) of ALL CONSTRUCTION HOURS on the HOPE VI Redevelopment of
Rainier Vista & New Holly to be worked by unemployed and low-income
in our community!
- One apprenticeship training opportunity—earn while you learn—for every
jobs rebuilding Rainier Vista, New Holly and Highpoint!
- All of these apprenticeship opportunities to go to low-income youth
other workers—in particular people of color and women—from our
- All of the non-construction jobs (receptionist, office assistant,
expediter, etc.) on these projects to go to low-income workers in our
- A racially and ethnically diverse “Community Oversight Committee”
monitor this community-hiring plan!
- Funding set aside for childcare, clothing, tools, ESL classes or other
services that will help members of our community succeed in these jobs!
“SHA’s publicly funded construction was just too good an opportunity for
people in South Seattle who need work, training and the chance to get
first job. SHA’s millions of dollars of public money could have been
twice to rebuild housing for people who really need it, but also give
an opportunity to get a skill. The issue is hiring minorities in the
– Paula Lukaszek, LELO FWJ Steering Committee member and Union Member
“The new housing at New Holly, Rainier Vista & High Point is being built
the backs of poor families who were displaced when their homes were torn
down. These families won’t be able to afford to move back when the
construction is finished. We’re leading this organizing campaign to
sure that our communities get something back. Livable wage jobs &
opportunities would be a start.”
- Frederick Simmons, LELO Board Member and unemployed electrician
LELO FWJ Organizer
206.860.1400 x5 | 206.860.1414 fax
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