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State lawmakers must make bold investments this year to solve the affordable housing and homelessness crisis


Everyone should have a safe, stable place to call home. Stable and safe housing helps kids learn. It helps families stay together and younger adults stay in their home community. It helps ensure a healthy workforce and households that have money left to spend in their local economy. It helps communities stay resilient.
But Washington faces a growing affordable housing and homelessness crisis that impacts every community in our state. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Gap Report, our state is short almost 198,000 homes affordable for households considered very low income (earning less than half the area median income.)
Data from the Department of Commerce projects that Washington needs more than one million additional homes by 2044 and more than half must be affordable to people earning below 50% of the area median income. This includes more than 116,000 units of permanent supportive housing.

Solving homelessness and the affordable housing crisis will take investments that match the scale of the challenge. The final budgets must include the bold investments we need. 


  • Follow the Governor’s lead and infuse our state with $4 billion for affordable homes. And jump start this bold investment with at least a $400 million investment in the Housing Trust Fund in this year’s capital budget.
  • Prevent an immediate loss of homelessness funding by filling the up to $160 million gap in document recording fee revenue that funds homelessness services across the state.
  • Invest $40 million to increase contracts for housing and homelessness service providers to address the workforce crisis.
  • Fund HB 1260 (Alvarado) to stop requiring low-income disabled people to pay back Aged, Blind and Disabled benefits after they qualify for federal benefits ($40 million budget impact).
  • Prevent evictions by investing in the Right to Counsel program ($4.4 million) for tenants in eviction court and early intervention civil legal aid for tenants at risk of eviction, but not yet eligible for Right to Counsel ($5 million).
  • Increase the Governor’s permanent investment in the Housing and Essential Needs rental assistance program by an additional $11.5 million to a total ongoing increase of $26.5 million to prevent cuts from the current (Fiscal Year 21-23) funding level. 

Solutions to our state’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis are within reach and voters want to see progress. December polling showed that homelessness continues to be voters' top concern and that there is strong support for increased funding to address homelessness and affordable housing. 

This is the time to make the investments we need to move toward a day when everyone in Washington has a safe, healthy, affordable home. 

45th LD Democrats, Redmond

A Way Home Washington, Statewide

Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, Statewide

Association of Manufactured Home Owners - AMHO, Statewide

Be:Seattle, Seattle

Beacon Development Group, Statewide

Benton County Human Services, Benton and Franklin Counties

BIPOC ED Coalition, Statewide

Bounding Rabbit Productions, providing local, state & national technical assistance

Build A Bus Home, Thurston County

Building Changes, Statewide

Campion Advocacy Fund, Statewide

Carl Maxey Center, Statewide

Catholic Charities serving Central Washington, Central WA

Catholic Community Services, Western Washington

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, SW Washington / Clark County 

Cocoon House, Snohomish County

Columbia City Church of Hope, Seattle

Colville Indian Housing Authority, Okanogan and Ferry Counties 

Community Action Center, Whitman County

Community Action of Skagit County, Skagit, Snohomish, Island & San Juan Counties

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Cowlitz, Clark & Skamania Counties

Compass Housing Alliance, King County

Council for the Homeless, Clark County

Eastside For All, East King County

El Centro de la Raza, King County

Essentials First, Statewide

Evergreen Treatment Services, King and Pierce Counties

Fair Housing Center of Washington, Western Washington 

Faith Action Network, Statewide

Family Support Center of South Sound, Thurston County, Mason, Lewis County

Food Lifeline, Statewide

FOTi Families of the Incarcerated, Statewide

FPATH, Pierce County

Futurewise, Statewide

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, Snohomish County

Hispanic Disability Support SWWA (Pasitos Gigantes), Clark

Homes And Hope Community Land Trust, Snohomish County

Housing Consortium of Everett & Snohomish County, Snohomish County

Housing Development Consortium of Seattle, King County

Housing Hope, Snohomish County

Housing Solutions Network, East Jefferson County

HRP&GP/Human Rights Protection & Global Peace, Washington 

Imagine Housing, East King County

Indivisible Plus Washington, Statewide

Indivisible Vashon, Vashon-Maury Islands

Indivisible Washington's 8th District, Congressional District 8

Interfaith Family Shelter, Snohomish County

InterIm CDA, Seattle

Jewish Family Service, Puget Sound area

King County Regional Homelessness Authority, King County

Lake Forest Park Citizens’ Commission, Lake Forest Park

LISC Puget Sound, Puget Sound

Madrona Community Development spc, Northwest WA

MAPS-MCRC, Statewide

Mary's Place, King County

MCRC, Statewide

NAMI WA, Statewide

National Homelessness Law Center, Statewide, National

NAYA-Action Fund, Southwest Washington

Neighborhood House, King County

New Connections, Statewide

Northwest Cooperative Development Center, Statewide

Northwest Youth Services, Statewide

Odyssey World International Education Services, Statewide

Okanogan County Community Action Council, Okanogan County

Olympia Indivisible, Thurston County

OPAL Community Land Trust, San Juan County

Opportunity Council, Island, San Juan, Whatcom counties

Outsiders Inn, Vancouver Clark County 

Parallax Perspectives, Olympia

Parkwood Neighborhood Alliance, Statewide

Partners for Rural Washington, Statewide

Paul Schissler Associates, Inc., Northwest WA

Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, Regional primarily Spokane County

Plymouth Housing, King County

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, Statewide

Queen Anne Helpline, Greater Seattle area

Rebuilding Together South Sound, Pierce County

Riveters Collective, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan County

Rural Resources Community Action, Eastern Washington

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Seattle/King County

Second Step Housing, Clark County

Share the Wealth, worldwide

Snohomish County Public Defender Association, Snohomish County

Society of St Vincent de Paul of Snohomish County, Statewide, Snohomish County

Solid Ground, Seattle/King County 

South Sound Psychotherapy PLLC, Thurston and Mason Counties

SouthEast Effective Development, Seattle

Southwest Washington Equity Coalition, SW Washington

Spectrum Center Spokane, Spokane, and the Eastern Washington/North Idaho region

Spokane Ecosocialist, Spokane

Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium, Spokane County

Statewide Poverty Action Network, Statewide

SW WA BIPOC Legislative Workgroup, Southwest Washington

SWACH, SW Washington

Tacoma Urban League, Pierce County/Tacoma

Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium, Pierce County

Tenant Law Center, King County

Tenants Union of WA, Statewide

The Carl Maxey Center, Spokane

The Mockingbird Society, Statewide

Third Place Design Co-operative, Statewide

Thrive2Survive, Statewide

Transit Riders Union, Seattle, Tukwila, King County

United Way of King County, Statewide

Urban Indians Northwest, Western WA Salish Sea

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, King County

Valley Cities, Seattle, Kent, Renton, Auburn, Federal Way

Vancouver Housing Authority, Clark County

Vashon Household, Vashon Island

WA People's Privacy, Statewide

Wallingford Indivisible, North Seattle

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Statewide

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Statewide

Washington Poor People's Campaign, Statewide

Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Statewide

Washington State Community Action Partnership, Statewide

Welcome Home Skagit, Skagit County 

What is a little girl supposed to do, Statewide

Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, Whatcom County

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, Whatcom County

XChange, Clark and Skamania Counties

Xs attic llc, Statewide, Vancouver

YouthCare, King County

YWCA Clark County, Clark County


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