The lead priorities for our 2017 State Legislative Agenda are below. Each year, we adopt the legislative agenda of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, which is approved by their Public Policy Committee (PPC). The PPC is comprised of individuals from Housing Alliance member organizations from across the state who have a depth of housing and policy experience, representing the spectrum of affordable housing and homelessness stakeholders, including people who've experienced homelessness or housing instability.
The causes of housing instability and homelessness include the following:
- An inadequate supply of homes affordable to low-income households
- Income that is insufficient to afford a home in the private rental market
- Inadequate services for those who need support
- Unfair barriers to accessing and keeping affordable homes
We support efforts to increase wages so that all working people can afford a safe and healthy home.
We support cleaning up our tax code so we can free up resources to solve homelessness and prevent families from having to make impossible choices between paying for a home, and paying for food, medicine, and other necessities.
We also take positions on other issues that impact affordable housing and homelessness as they arise throughout the session.
2017 Affordable Housing and Homelessnes Priorities at-a-glance
Create 5,700 affordable homes. Invest $200 million in the Housing Trust Fund.
Streamline and increase the funding for homelessness services and housing.
• Eliminate the sunset on the document recording fees that fund this crucial resource;
• Increase the fees to give local communities additional resources to respond to growing homelessness;
• Provide local communities greater flexibility to utilize these funds by eliminating the 45% mandated use of funds for one purpose
• Improve accountability by measuring what matters and streamlining auditing and reporting requirements.
Prohibit discrimination based on a renter’s source of income. No one should be denied a home just because they use a housing voucher, social security, or other form of subsidy or income support.
Expand housing for people with disabilities experiencing long term homelessness. Ensure full Operating Budget authority for our state’s Medicaid Transformation to fund services in permanent supportive housing.
Protect and fully fund services that prevent homelessness including:
• Housing and Essential Needs Program;
• Aged, Blind and Disabled Program;
• Medical Care Services;
• SSI Facilitation Services.
For a more in depth look at these policies visit the Housing Alliance's State Advocacy page.