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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

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Feb

2017

Affordable housing and homelessness bills in play

As of February 10, HB 1570 (Increasing homelessness funding) and HB 1797 (Generating new local option revenue sources for affordable housing) were in negotiations and still in the House Community Development and Housing Committee.

3

Feb

2017

New bill restricts city authority to regulate homeless camps operated by religious institutions

SB 5657 from Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) provides a host of new restrictions on the power of cities to regulate the operation of homeless camps operated by religious institutions.

3

Feb

2017

Major proposal on homelessness, preempting cities on encampments, many policy changes

SB 5656 from Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-Federal Way) is an incredibly wide-ranging proposal that among other things completely preempts city authority around homeless encampments and creates minimum standards for cities to enforce, without funding.

27

Jan

2017

Bill would pre-empt city authority to offer safe injection sites

Sen. Mark Milsocia (R-Federal Way) has introduced legislation, SB 5223, pre-empting city authority to make laws governing safe injection sites

27

Jan

2017

AWC priority bill to increase and stabilize homeless funding gets public hearing

One of AWC's priority bills (HB 1570) that increases and stabilizes homeless funding was the subject of a public hearing last Thursday before the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.

12

Dec

2016

AWC is working on a multi-faceted housing, homelessness and accountability agenda

AWC has worked through the course of the last year to develop and build support for a coordinated response to addressing affordable housing and homelessness.

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Oct

2016

Legislative Bulletin – October 31, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

28

Oct

2016

Washington secures Medicaid 1115 waiver

In October, Washington received preliminary authorization on an agreement between the state and federal government for a five-year Medicaid demonstration waiver to continue implementing the governor’s Healthier Washington plan.

30

Sep

2016

Preliminary budget and policy priorities for affordable housing and homelessness

Several months ago, Governor Inslee asked the Housing Alliance and AWC to send housing and homelessness priorities to him for the 2017 legislative session.

17

Jun

2016

NLC addresses the homelessness crisis facing cities across our nation – join Washington cities in a conversation about these issues at our Annual Conference

NLC recently posted an article by Elisha Harig-Blaine, Principal Associate for Housing, about how cities can best address homeless encampments.

28

Apr

2016

Good start but much more needed in homelessness, affordable housing and human services sectors

The start of the 2016 supplemental legislative session saw significant interest and momentum in the homelessness, human services and housing (HHH) arenas, including great attention from the city family.

11

Mar

2016

Governor to hold race and equity summit in April, cities encouraged to attend

On April 15, Governor Inslee will host a Race and Equity summit, bringing together groups and activists to discuss collaborative efforts to ensure that every Washingtonian has an equal and fair opportunity for success statewide.

4

Mar

2016

Governor meets with city officials to discuss affordable housing and homelessness

Governor Inslee met with city officials, Department of Commerce representatives and advocates on Friday to discuss the affordable housing and homelessness crisis cities and counties around the state are facing.

4

Mar

2016

Senate budget language potentially hampers efforts to support Medicaid programs, including housing and homelessness initiatives

The Senate’s proposed 2016 supplemental budget contains language that could hamper the Health Care Authority’s (HCA) efforts to support Washington’s efforts in transforming our health care delivery system through the Healthier Washington Initiative.

4

Mar

2016

Bill providing continuity of care for recipients of Medicaid passes Legislature

SB 6430, sponsored by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-Wenatchee), successfully passed the Legislature.
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