Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Signs New Bill Aimed At Helping Alleviate Homelessness In Washington State

Lefty Graves

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Why is Washington State having a housing crisis?

The main cause of the housing crisis in Washington State is the lack of affordable housing. The rapid population growth due to the influx of new residents fleeing other states has outpaced the amount of new housing being built, pushing up the cost of housing and making it harder for lower-income residents to find affordable housing.

Additionally, a lack of zoning regulations in some cities has made it difficult to build multi-family housing, a type of housing that is necessary to provide housing for those in lower-income brackets. The region's high cost of living, including high property taxes, has also contributed to the affordability crisis.

Washington State Homeless Coalition has long worked to change laws and help to house the people who are homeless in Washington State.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee just signed a new housing agreement into place; what does this agreement stipulate?

The agreement, which was signed by Governor Jay Inslee, is referred to as House Bill 1110. It’s designed to override local zoning laws that have prevented larger cities from supplying only single-family dwellings. It’s important to understand that the new law that was signed into place isn’t banning the construction of new single-family dwellings, but rather, allowing for multi-plexes and duplexes to be built in areas that were previously only allowing single-family dwellings.

This allows for the expansion of neighborhoods to house more people in smaller parcels of land or lots. Many cities have lobbied to retain their current zoning laws, and the legislation for these changes has failed previously; however, this year, working closely with the Association of Washington Cities, Governor Inslee was able to turn things around and sign the new law into place.

What do you think? Will this new law help house the homeless and offer affordable housing? Share with us in the comments.

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction recovery, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming, and an eclectic mix of other topics. She writes about all things Washington. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington State.

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