Why are Seattle officials proud of a law making it harder for the people most at risk of homelessness to find a place to live? [“Court upholds Seattle’s first-come, first-served law for renters”]
As a longtime mom-and-pop landlord, I never select a tenant until the end of the second day of advertising. It would save time to pick the first of many qualified applicants, but I try to give everyone a chance, like people who are blind or mobility-impaired. Some lack prompt transportation. Others work two “McJobs” and have no control over their schedules.
Some applicants are in crisis, like the woman whose children brought her with eyes red from crying and a bruised face. I would be barred from considering her because she wasn’t the first qualified applicant.
Having retired from a public-sector career creating and preserving affordable housing, I don’t see how mandating a huge advantage for people of greater means is good public policy. It’s shameful.
The city’s naive claim of good intentions won’t mitigate the unwarranted hardships ahead.
Barney Burke, Port Townsend