Housing Developments: $106.7 million

Your advocacy worked: the State legislature passed a capital budget, $106.7 million for the Housing Trust Fund

WOO HOO! Late last Thursday night, the state Legislature finally came to an agreement and passed a capital budget with $106.7 million in the Housing Trust Fund! Thanks to the many affordable housing advocates who pushed for this passage; your advocacy was instrumental! 

As our friends at Washington Low Income Housing Alliance note, the work isn’t done. The State and the Finance Commisison must work together to ensure that developments that missed the LIHTC deadline while awaiting a budget have a chance to get the support they need. Stay tuned!

Other Developments…

  • MHA Webinars 1/25 & 1/29: They sold out once, so we’ve upped the capacity! Get ready for public hearings in your neighborhood by brushing up on your Mandatory Housing Affordability knowledge. There are two dates to choose from;register for either here.

  • Count Us In this Friday! King County’s annual point-in-time count takes place this Friday morning from 1-6 am. Volunteers are still needed for East and South county. Register here. 

  • A new shelter for families experiencing homelessness opens in Federal Way. Information about accessing or volunteering at the shelter, open through March, is included in the artcle.

  • More protections for Washington State renters could be on the way thanks to a new bill from Rep. Macri. 

  • RPF for emergency Shelter & Services outside Seattle: King County is making $1 million available over three years for new or expanded emergency shelter services outside of Seattle. Apply by 1/30. Details here under RFP# 1012-18-VLN.

  • Tell the Regional Affordable Housing Task Force your experiences making King County your home in person on January 30th or online. Details here.

  • Advocacy Workshops from our friends at SKCCH! Our friends at the Seattle/King County Coaltion on Homelessness have a series of Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshops coming up. They’re free to attend, and a lot of fun! 

  • “I may not have received what I was fighting for, but  I can help somebody else not lose- that’s good enough for me.” This long-form piece from the Seattle Times explores the housing stories of locals who felt the recession but were left out of Seattle’s subsequent boom.