Editor’s Note 11/22/17: Sick of depressing news? Worried about awkward Thanksgiving conversations? Here’s something you can do to change the subject this holiday. 

Your assignment: First, those of us with a roof over our heads ought to give extra thanks for that blessing of shelter and security. Next, snap some photos and ask your dinner companions to share their Seattle housing stories—and please share your own story with us too! (And if you’re not in Seattle—tell us where you live and why. Portland folks can share their Portland housing stories here.)

We’re sharing stories and photos like yours to focus Seattle’s affordability conversations on what matters most: the people who live here.

  • That’s you and your loved ones! Did you grow up here—or near? Did you come for a job, romance, school, or adventure? Why city life? Why Seattle? Are you living with roommates—or your mom or your grandma? Are you renting a studio, commuting in to town, looking to downsize, or worried about finding your next apartment?

    Here are three simple steps:

    1. Click here to share your housing story.
    2. Tell us how you wound up in (or near) Seattle and a bit about your home and community.
    3. Snap a photo. (Nothing fancy—phone selfies are totally fine!) *Send your photo to [email protected] or we will follow up with you via email once your form is complete.

    Stories like yours help illustrate why a thriving city is stronger—and more livable and lovable—when we encourage more homes of all shapes and sizes to give all kinds of people plenty of affordable options and keep prices from shooting out of reach. Put another way: When we don’t have enough homes to go around, we’ll keep losing the very people who make the city tick!

    Click here to share your housing story

    See all our Seattle Neighbors stories here. And find—and share—Seattle Neighbors stories on Facebook and Twitter.