Advocates, your voice is needed right now to make sure that HB 1220/Peterson and HB 1277/Ormsby pass out of the Ways & Means committee and then on the Senate floor!
HB 1220 would prevent local jurisdictions from enacting discriminatory zoning laws that prevent the citing of shelters, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing -- the very solutions to ending unsheltered homelessness that are needed more than ever. It would also require local jurisdictions to account for affordable housing AND anti-displacement policies. It's a great bill, and it needs your help to stay alive!
HB 1277 is another necessary piece of legislation that will help keep renters stably housed. 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 place as the economy slowly recovers. In fact, more than 400,000 renters are currently caught up on rent but are exhausting their savings and selling assets, foreshadowing a second, delayed rental crisis, by which time federal funds will likely be used up. The state must think long-term to prevent tenants from falling behind and risking eviction. HB 1277 fills this vital gap by creating an ongoing eviction prevention program to keep people in their homes.
HB 1220 and HB 1277 must pass out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in order to move forward. Will you email your Senator today and explain why these bills are so important? Thank you!