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Statement on State Senate Budget Proposal

“Washington state is experiencing a crisis of homelessness, and the state Senate yesterday introduced an operating budget that will exacerbate this crisis rather than solve it. This is not the kind of budget you’d expect to see when each night more than 20,000 people are struggling with homelessness in our state, and many others are living just one pay check away from not being able to pay their rent or mortgage.

“We are alarmed at the lengths the Senate is willing to go to raise as little revenue as possible. This budget guts and totally eliminates programs designed to save lives and prevent homelessness.

“At a time when there is an increased likelihood of massive funding cuts at the federal level, we as a state cannot afford to rip larger holes in our safety-net. We urge the Senate to take another look at this budget, and we urge the House to propose a budget more in-line with the values of Washington state. Everyone in Washington should have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home – but that will never be a reality unless the state invests in homelessness prevention and affordable homes.”

McCleary Sanctions should advance, not restrict, educational opportunity

Child advocates to state Supreme Court: Low-income students and students of color face barriers

The state Supreme Court must not order action that would endanger children’s constitutional rights to educational opportunity.

So says an Amici Curiae brief filed by four organizations working together to advocate for kids in the context of the McCleary decision. The organizations are Columbia Legal Services, the Equity in Education Coalition, the Children’s Alliance and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

No Affordable Housing Available in WA for Minimum Wage Workers

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent in Washington, renters need to earn $23.13 per hour. This is Washington’s 2016 Housing Wage, revealed in a national report released today. The report, Out of Reach 2016, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

Every year, Out of Reach reports on the Housing Wage for all states, counties, and metropolitan areas in the country. The report highlights the gap between what renters earn and what it costs to afford rent at fair market value.

Legislature Misses Opportunity to Address Statewide Homelessness Crisis

While we are pleased to see some very important investments in affordable housing and homelessness programs, especially for homeless youth, overall the budget compromise is disappointing. Washington is facing a housing affordability crisis and homelessness has reached emergency levels in many communities across the state. This budget fails to adequately invest in the solutions we need to address this crisis. Both the House and Senate had budget options on the table that would have made a real difference in addressing homelessness and public will has never been higher – people recognize that we need to do more. The legislature missed an opportunity.

Washington State Legislature Shows Bipartisan Support for Tenant Protections

With an unprecedented level of bipartisan support, SB 6413 passed the Legislature yesterday and is headed to the Governor's desk to be signed in to law. This bill combines several long debated issues to make progress on tenant protections. The bill rolled together components of the Fair Tenant Screening Act and the Truth in Evictions Reporting Act. One major problem that this bill solves is that of all eviction proceedings being reported as equal. When a tenant prevails in court or has been wrongly named, the court now has the authority to stop those proceedings from showing up as an eviction in tenant screening reports. The Housing Alliance worked with landlord representatives to reach agreement on this bill.

Bring Washington Home Act Provides Significant Funds For Affordable Homes

The Housing Alliance applauds Senator Nelson for her strong leadership in addressing the state’s homelessness emergency. SB 6647, also known at The Bring Washington Home Act, will provide much needed funds for shelter, build and preserve affordable homes, and is a bold step toward ending homelessness in our state.

Washington State Should Join Seattle and King County in Response to Homelessness Emergency

The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance applauds King County and the City of Seattle for recognizing the urgent need to address homelessness in our communities. The Housing Alliance agrees that the state plays a significant role in ensuring that all communities have the tools and resources they need to prevent and end homelessness, and calls on Governor Inslee and members of the legislature to take action.

Tacoma mayor to address record-breaking crowd at this week’s 25th Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness

Over 820 participants, an unprecedented number in the conference’s 25 years, are registered to attend the 2015 Conference on Ending Homelessness from May 13-14, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Each year, the statewide advocacy coalition Washington Low Income Housing Alliance organizes this conference that alternates between eastern and western Washington. Conference hosts are also honored to have Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland start the conference off with the opening keynote address.

As more Washington cities declare housing crises, advocates from all over gather in Olympia for legislative solutions.

The Housing Alliance has organized a full day, including legislator meetings, advocacy workshops, and a rally on the north steps of the Capitol Building. The Advocacy Day rally will feature a bipartisan slate of speakers who share our housing and homelessness concerns: Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-Kirkland), Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-University Place), Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett), and Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla).

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