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

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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.

12

Dec

2016

Legislative Bulletin – December 12, 2016

Read this week's edition of the Legislative Bulletin.

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.

26

Feb

2016

Affordable housing property tax exemption bill faces new challenge

The bill to incentivize affordable housing preservation through targeted tax exemptions has run into a new hurdle.
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Categories: Housing

19

Feb

2016

Cutoff time allows us to narrow our focus

A magical time in the life of your AWC lobbyists is when the Legislature's deadlines cut down on the number of bills that must be tracked on a daily basis.

12

Feb

2016

Key affordable housing bill moves

SB 6239 is now the only living local option tool associated with affordable housing.
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Categories: Housing

5

Feb

2016

Affordable housing property tax exemption bills moving

After passing out of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, SB 6239 sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn), moved another step further in the process and received a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
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Categories: Housing

29

Jan

2016

Affordable housing bills face challenges

The deadline is looming for AWC’s priority bills aimed at preserving and incentivizing affordable housing.

15

Jan

2016

Multiple affordable housing bills have hearings this week

As the second week of the session begins, a variety of proposals for local option tools to promote affordable housing are being heard in committees.

15

Dec

2015

Deadline reminder: Send any property disclosure requirements to MRSC

During the 2015 session the legislature passed EHB 2122 which relates primarily to Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) authority, but the bill also contains new requirements that apply to cities (or counties) that have in place, or are contemplating enacting, regulations that require certain disclosures by landlords and sellers of real property to buyers and tenants regarding the property and the surrounding area.

18

Apr

2014

Bills related to homeless funding, fish passage barriers and archaeological resources pass

The 2014 session was in some ways dominated by attention to the coming showdown over education funding in 2015.

21

Mar

2014

Homeless funding bill rises from the ashes

At times the chances for the bill extending the primary funding source for local homeless services looked very bleak indeed.

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