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Students on a Mission to Build Affordable Housing Say Alex Pedersen Is No Help at All

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(L-R) Matthew Mitnick, Mario Falit-Baiamonte, and Pierce Bock iso affordable housing. Bill Broadhead

A group of students from UW developed a plan that could add 600 units of rent-to-own affordable housing in Roosevelt, U-District, and even on the UW golf course. They need support from local officials to move the project along, but the students said their councilmember, Alex Pedersen, seemed to dismiss the plan outright, shocking no one.

When they started school, grad students Matthew Mitnick and Pierce Bock and undergrad Mario Falit-Baiamonte wrestled with the prospect of finding an affordable place to live in one of the country’s most cutthroat housing markets. A typical UW dorm costs

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