Advocates, we need the Senate to pass HB 1277 off the floor ASAP. Will you send an email today?
HB 1277 has passed out of Senate Ways & Means, and we need a big push to get the bill pulled to the floor for a final vote! HB 1277 is a critical piece of legislation to prevent an increase in homelessness. While significant one-time rental assistance is coming into Washington from the federal government, many low-income renters will need an ongoing safety net. In fact, more than 400,000 renters are currently caught up on rent but are exhausting their savings, selling assets and maxing out credit cards to meet basic needs. This foreshadows a second, delayed crisis, by which time federal funds will likely be used up. The state must think long-term to prevent tenants from facing eviction and homelessness. HB 1277 fills this gap by funding eviction and homelessness prevention to keep people in their homes. Critically, the bill also funds operations and maintenance of permanent supportive housing. Permanent Supportive Housing is the solution to long-term unsheltered homelessness and a permanent fund source for the operations is needed to match capital investments to bring this effective solution to scale.
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