We need a representative whose primary focus is ending homelessness in Washington. That's why I am running for the state senate.

Affordable Housing

Every resident in Washington State should have a safe, clean place to live regardless of income. That is a moral obligation our community should embrace. But providing access to affordable housing to everyone is also good policy.

Because when people can't afford a place to stay, they will either be forced out of their city or will end up homeless. Both of those outcomes are unacceptable. We can make sure neither happens by making it easier to build housing and making an adequate investment in housing affordability.

At the state level we must:

  1. End exclusionary zoning
  2. Invest $1 Billion per year for the development and acquisition of new units of affordable housing
  3. Provide housing choice vouchers to residents making below 30 percent of the area median income who do not receive federal housing vouchers

End Exclusionary Zoning

Exclusionary zoning prohibits the development of modest housing options in single family neighborhoods. Ending that prohibition does not mean the State will bulldoze your house and force you to turn it into a duplex. But it does mean that eventually two or more families could live on a single parcel of land. This would gradually allow an increase in housing supply. If we fail to make this change, we will continue to see sky-high housing prices and more and more residents forced out.

Invest Adequately In the Housing Trust Fund

The Housing Trust Fund is the mechanism for investing in the development or acquisition of affordable housing. Since its creation in 1986, we have committed just over $1 billion to it. That is part of the reason we are in such a housing crisis. According to a 2018 study by McKinsey and Co, it will take about $1 billion a year for a decade to create enough affordable housing to end homelessness. Let's start making that investment now.

State Housing Choice Vouchers

Americans who earn less than 50% of the Area Median Income are eligible for a housing choice voucher from the federal government. The voucher allows a person to find market rate housing, pay around 30% of their income in rent, and the federal government pays the rest. However, only 1 in 4 Americans eligible for the vouchers actually receive them. There is a literal lottery system to determine who gets a safe, clean place to stay and who ends up on the streets. Let's end the lottery by closing the gap.