Tag: Affordable Housing


Take Advantage of Revenue for Affordable Housing

In 2019 the Legislature approved (HB 1406) a local revenue sharing program for local governments by providing up to a 0.0146% local sales and use tax credited against the state sales tax for housing investments, available in increments of 0.0073%, depending on the imposition of other local taxes and whether cities within your county also take advantage. The tax credit is

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A Quick Rundown of Human Services & Public Safety Budgets

In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the State invested a significant amount of money in the behavioral health system. Whether that funding is sufficient is yet to be seen because of the many, complex factors involved, including finalizing integration, and issues related to the state hospitals, capacity, staffing, and Trueblood. In the capital budget, $119.9 million is dedicated to community-based behavioral

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Affordable and Supportive Housing

One of the bills that we have been strongly supportive of this session, SHB 1406, currently sits in the Ways & Means Committee. This bill would authorize local governments to enter into a revenue-sharing partnership with the state for affordable housing over a period of 20 years so as to allow the funds to be bonded. The revenue sharing mechanism

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Is the GMA Causing the Housing Crisis?

Housing, a frequent and necessary topic this session, was front and center again this week at a work session with the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee. The discussion focused on how the Growth Management Act (GMA) impacts affordable housing development and local infrastructure. Presenters included the Department of Commerce (Commerce), Futurewise, The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), counties

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