Washington Low Income Housing Alliance:
Transforming Advocacy and Organizing into Legislative Victories
In addition to supporting significant appropriations for affordable housing and homeless programs, the Housing Alliance has supported many important policy bills over the years. Below is a partial list of the housing and homeless policy bills supported by the Housing Alliance that have been passed by the state legislature.
Regulation of Manufactured Housing
Mobile Home Landlords
Mobile Home Relocation Bill
Authorizing local governments to exceed statutory property tax limitations for the purpose of financing affordable housing.
Authorizing conversion of surplus public property to use for affordable housing.
Creating the Washington Housing Policy Act and the Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Authorizing public housing authorities to do background checks on employees that work with vulnerable populations.
Allowing Tribes access to the Housing Trust Fund and allowing repayments to be used for administration costs up to 4%.
Allowing repayments in the Emergency Mortgage and Rental Assistance program for timber impacted communities to be kept locally and reused.
Directing the Housing Finance Commission and the State Investment Board to provide mortgage financing for single-family homeownership.
Exempting the sales tax on new construction materials for youth shelters.
Reactivating the mobile home relocation program and allowing $1.3 million in the fund, and interest, to be used for relocation costs.
Providing tax incentives for multiple-unit housing in urban centers (Tacoma Bill).
Providing an exemption from sales and use taxes for farmworker housing.
Increasing the debt limit of the Housing Finance Commission to $2 billion.
Giving the Housing Finance Commission authority to impose covenants running with the land.
Creating a task force to study financing for senior housing and housing for persons with disabilities.
The sales and use tax exemption is extended to agricultural employee housing provided by housing authorities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Requiring a landlord to provide a written receipt for any payment made by a tenant.
Designated public housing projects are added as drug-free zones where the penalties for drug-free related crimes are doubled.
The multifamily housing tax exemption is expanded to allow cities with a population of at least 100,000 to be eligible.
Eliminating the sunset on the property tax exemption for leased shelters for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.
Making permanent the sales tax exemption on the construction of youth shelters.
Increasing the amount of relocation grant assistance to owners of double-wide homes and amending the mobile home installer certification act.
Giving a property tax exemption to property owned or leased by a nonprofit organization for persons with developmental disabilities.
Exempting certain low-income housing from property taxes.
Amending the Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act to require managers to notify tenants of their intention to enter the mobile home and to place security deposits into an interest-bearing account to benefit the tenant.
Establishing a collaborative effort to address the housing needs of homeless children and their families.
Increasing the Housing Finance Commission’s statutory debt limit to $3 billion.
Requiring state agencies to adopt joint rules for farm-worker housing and operating standards for temporary worker housing.
Amending the multifamily tax exemption is lowered from 100,000 to 50,000 population jurisdictions.
Authorizing a vote on a sales and use tax increase in Tacoma with revenues to be used for zoos, parks, and housing for the mentally ill.
Enhancing notification procedures for Section 8 housing and authorizing DCTED to adopt eligibility criteria for affordable housing.
The nonprofit property tax exemption for low-income rental units is expanded to include spaces in mobile home parks.
Providing emergency earthquake and low-income energy assistance.
Housing’s share of annual Bond Cap is increased from 30% to 32%.
Modifying manufactured home provisions regarding what is or is not an alteration.
Creating a $10 document recording fee surcharge.
The multifamily tax exemption requirement is reduced from 50,000 to 30,000 for participating jurisdictions.
Amending the Mobile Home Relocation Act to cover demolition and replacement expenses in cases where the home cannot be successfully moved.
An additional real estate excise tax is authorized for counties for the development of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income persons and those with special needs.
Amending the Mobile Home Landlord-Tenant Act relating to fire and safety standards, and providing that eviction is covered by the Act.
Adding a representative of for-profit rental housing owners to the Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Providing conditions for housing to be designated as “drug and alcohol free.”
Protecting the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking in the rental of housing.
Expanding implied condominium warranties to the extent of defective materials, sound engineering and construction, workmanship, and compliance with all laws.
Authorizing nonprofit corporations to participate in self-insurance risk pools.
Increasing the administrative cap on the Housing Trust Fund from 4% to 5%.
Providing a dispute mechanism for manufactured/mobile home landlord and tenant disputes.
Establishing a homeless housing program and providing a $10 document recording surcharge.
Requiring sustainable building guidelines for affordable housing funded in the Capital Budget-Housing Trust Fund.
Providing relocation assistance to tenants of dwellings that fail to meet the state’s health and safety standards under the Residential Landlord Tenant Act.
Creating a homeless housing task force in each county to develop a 10-year plan addressing short and long term housing solutions for the homeless.
Authorizing the dissolution of joint housing authorities and creating the Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Growth Management Act planning jurisdictions may enact or expand affordable housing incentive programs providing for the development of low-income housing.
The Manufactured/Mobile Home Disputes Resolution Program is established in the office of the Attorney General.
The Affordable Housing for All Surcharge of $10 is established on recorded documents for the benefit of housing and homeless programs.
Expanding the multifamily tax exemption to rental properties owned or used by nonprofits and directing assessors to consider restrictions on ownership income or rights.
Lowering the multifamily property tax exemption population to cities of 15,000, changing the term to 12 years for properties with set-asides for low- or moderate-income households and eight years for market-rate properties, and requiring annual reporting.
Creating the Independent Youth Housing Program for youth aged 18 to 23 who have exited the state dependency system.
Preserving manufactured/mobile home communities.
Prohibiting discrimination against affordable housing developments by cities and counties.
Creating the affordable housing and community facilities Rapid Response Loan Program.
Providing assistance to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
Appropriating an additional $6 million for the Washington Families Fund.
Modifying affordable housing incentive programs in GMA planning jurisdictions.
Creating relocation rights for tenants in transient lodging.
Increasing the Homeless and Housing document recording surcharge from $10 to $30.
Increasing the debt limit of the Housing Finance Commission to $6 billion.
Creating a meet and confer requirement and extending the time before foreclosure can proceed by 30 days on deeds of trust.
Refocusing the Department of Commerce, including transferring programs.
Creating the Washington Works housing program.
Creating the Disability Lifeline Program.
Providing support for eligible foster youth up to age 21.
The Foreclosure Fairness Act, protecting homeowners from foreclosures, requiring mediation, and extending the time before foreclosure can begin.
Restricting access to juvenile records.
Allowing for informed telephonic consent for access to housing or homeless services.
Creating the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program.
Amending the B & O tax deduction for property management companies for personnel performing on-site functions.
Using King County lodging taxes for the arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing.
Creating an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing.
The $30 surcharge for local homeless housing is temporarily increased to $40 and extended.
Making significant modifications to the Manufactured/Mobile Home Landlord Tenant Act.
Allowing foster youth aged 18 to 21 who are enrolled in a postsecondary program to qualify for extended foster care services.
Making technical amendments to the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
Emphasizing cost-effectiveness in the Housing Trust Fund.
Providing free criminal record checks to nonprofit organizations that provide emergency shelter or transitional housing for children or vulnerable adults.
Amending the multifamily property tax exemption in unincorporated urban centers and requiring the rental or sale of at least 20% of the units to low- and moderate-income households.
The Fair Tenant Screening Act, providing screening protections for tenants, notice of adverse actions, and creating a stakeholder work group to report to the legislature in 2012.
Tenant screening companies can no longer report that an applicant for housing is a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Allows shelters three days before contacting a homeless youth’s parents or guardians.
Expands the definition of a disability for program eligibility.
The capital budget allocated $70 million for affordable housing.
Extends foster care services to youth aging out of the foster care system.
Despite a few budget cuts to HEN/ABD program, the program will be able to run at current capacity.
Washington Families Fund received $2 million allocation.
Ensures the continued preservation of existing housing assets in the event of reduced or eliminated appropriations to the fund, while still providing statutory limits on administrative costs.