The 2018 state legislative session starts today! In this post:
- Register for Housing Alliance updates - biweekly calls on legislative action
- Hearings scheduled for important housing bills. You can comment!
- Sign up for housing advocacy day, action alerts; read 2018 housing priorities
REGISTER FOR UPDATESJoin the Housing Alliance for biweekly updates on the 2018 state legislative session. We welcome all affordable housing and homelessness advocates to join. These calls will take place every other Friday at 10 am on each of the following dates:
- Friday, January 12, 10-11 am
- Friday, January 26, 10-11 am
- Friday, February 9, 10-11 am
- Friday, February 23, 10-11 am
- Friday, March 9, 10-11 am
There are three ways you can access these calls:
- Connect using a web-connected computer, with either free computer-based audio or by dialing in from a separate phone for audio.
- Connect using the GoToWebinar app for IOS or Android on your smart phone. This is free if you use a WiFi connection and will count against your data allowance if you're on a cellular connection.
- Connect using any phone (land line, basic cell phone or smart phone) with the long-distance number provided when you register.
Important housing hearings:SB 5407 (Sen. Frockt) Preservation of housing options - Outlaws discrimination based on tenants use of rental or income supports. HEARING: January 11, 8 am in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance
- To comment on this bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5407
Capital Budget - Legislators failed to pass the capital budget last session, delaying critical investments in our affordable housing supply through the Housing Trust Fund.
ESHB 1075 (House version of the capitol budget). The capitol budget is up for a vote Wednesday in the House Committee on the Capital Budget. If it passes, the bill will be considered for a floor vote by all House members.The bill would make $106.7 million available for affordable housing projects under the Housing Trust Fund.
- $2.2 million is set aside for competitive housing projects that benefit people with developmental disabilities.
- $24.4 million is set aside for housing projects that provide supportive housing and case-management services for people with chronic mental illness. (There is a high percentage of dual diagnosis of both developmental disabilities and mental illness)
- To read a summary of the House proposed capital budget: http://leap.leg.wa.gov/leap/Budget/Detail/2018/hcSummaryDocs_0104.pdf
- To comment on this bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1075
- To comment on this bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//6090
FYI: A Hirst compromise is still in the works, but progress has been made over the last month. "Hirst" refers to a court decision that affects access to well water in rural areas. Last year, the Senate refused to vote on the capitol budget over failure to reach agreement on rural water rights.
HB 2040 (Rep. Frame) Increasing notice of termination - This extends written notice of rental termination from 20 days to 30 days, and if the tenant has occupied the residence for 2 or more years, to 60 days.
- To comment on this bill: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//2040
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- Save the date - The Housing and Homelessness Housing Day is February 1. Register here.
- Housing Action Alerts - You can sign up for alerts from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance here.
The Arc of King County is member of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and sits on its public policy committee.