FIX THE HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS CRISIS

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House bill 2033

Create a rent relief incentive program

Create a new tax credit to incentivize landlords to voluntarily lower or freeze rents and produce more stable and affordable housing. (Filed in 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

Sponsor: Rep. Greg Cheney
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 2033
House bill 1633

Create a Homes for Heroes Program

Provide down payment assistance for heroic professions Washington state needs more of, including police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and nurses. Service members and veterans of the armed forces are also eligible. (Filed in 2023: Passed by Housing Committee, received a hearing but did not receive a vote in the Capital Budget Committee. In 2024: No action taken.)

Sponsor: Rep. April Connors
Status: Killed by Democrats
Comment on HB 1633
House bill 1245

Increase housing options through lot splitting

Authorize the splitting of lots to create more small parcels of land to build starter homes and other forms of affordable housing. (Filed in 2023: Passed the House, but did not receive a vote by the Senate Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs Committee. In 2024: Passed the House, but did not receive a hearing from the Senate Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs Committee.)

Sponsor: Rep. Andrew Barkis
Status: Killed by Democrats
Comment on HB 1245
House bill 1401

Expedite housing permits

Establish a low-cost, expedited permit process for single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and ADUs for low-income to moderate-income households. (Filed in 2023: Passed by Housing Committee, not brought to House floor for a vote. In 2024: No action taken.)

Sponsor: Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen
Status: Killed by Democrats
Comment on HB 1401
House bill 1373

Close encampments

Require local governments to close encampments near critical areas like schools and provide funding for clean-up and additional homelessness services. (Filed in 2023: Did not receive a hearing. In 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

The Democrats’ proposed operating budget made almost no new investments in public safety and encampment response. House Republican Amendment 1104 to Senate Bill 5950 would have provided $150 million per year in grants to local law enforcement and $320 million to clean up encampments. It also included $28 million in grants to transit agencies to enforce and prevent drug use in transit facilities, and to decontaminate transit facilities from methamphetamines and fentanyl. House Democrats voted it down, 53-42.

Sponsor: Rep. Drew Stokesbary
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 1373
House bill 1456

Prevent retail theft

Modify the definition of theft so that security officers can actually stop shoplifters when they conceal merchandise rather than only when they leave the store.

Noteworthy amendments and motions related to the housing crisis

Democrats introduced House Bill 1433 authorizing cities and counties to require a home energy score report prior to listing a home for sale, which is likely to either increase the seller’s closing costs or be passed along to the buyer, effectively adding to home prices in Washington that are already among the highest in the nation. Republican Amendment 899 would have prohibited cities and counties from placing this requirement on seniors and disabled veterans who qualify for the state property tax exemption or deferral programs meant to help those with low- and fixed-incomes. House Democrats rejected the amendment by a vote of 52-45.