Why We Do It
It should be possible for working people to afford housing and still have enough money for the basics like groceries, gas, and childcare. But in Washington State, it’s becoming harder and harder for people to afford what they need to make their lives work.
- About 87,000 people face homelessness each year in Washington State.
- 250,000 Washington households must make desperate choices between necessities like food and healthcare, and rent.
- Families with children make up 47% of Washington’s homeless population.
- Washington’s $7.1 billion agriculture industry needs 39,000 additional units of farmworker housing, forcing thousands of workers to live in substandard, unaffordable conditions and threatening the stability of our agricultural economy.