SB 5254, bi-partisan legislation to address housing affordability and the growing problem of homelessness in Washington state, was heard in the Senate’s Local Government committee this week.
The hearing drew testimony from representatives of affordable housing and homelessness programs, the builders, rental housing, the state Commerce Department, counties and cities. Many expressed their appreciation for the bill, saying it was time to address the issues.
“The purpose of this bill that we worked on with Sen. Fain, Sen. Palumbo and others is to focus on the challenges with both the supply of buildable land and the supply of housing,” explained Washington REALTORS®’ Bill Clarke, in his testimony to the committee. “Whether it is housing for those who want to buy a house or rent an apartment, or for the homeless who need public assistance, our intent is to balance GMA and market rate housing issues with low-income and homelessness needs. Regardless of your role in the housing industry, you can’t look around and not see that we have a real housing crisis in some parts of the state.”
Watch Bill’s entire 5-minute testimony is cued up HERE.