Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to use $11 million in proceeds from the expected sale of a city-owned property to pay for rental assistance and short-term housing options for the homeless.

The move is one of the first steps taken by her administration toward delivering on a key campaign proposal — developing 1,000 tiny houses for people in homelessness and ramping up rental-assistance programs.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Durkan said the sale of the South Lake Union property — a police communications shop at Minor Avenue and Virginia Street — is expected to net around $11 million.

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