“House Washington—convened by Challenge Seattle and made up of Mayors, County Executives, Chambers of Commerce, and housing advocates—has been working since 2022 to create urgency around affordable housing and homelessness across Washington State. In 2022, the Legislature made unprecedented investments of more than $850 million to address the challenge, largely with one-time federal pandemic relief funds.
“The 2023 Legislative Session ended with historic investments in affordable housing and programs to address homelessness. More than $1 billion was appropriated through the combined Capital Budget and Operating Budget for the 2023-25 biennium. In addition, a number of critical policy bills were passed to address housing supply, permitting timelines, and access to homeownership—some with strong bipartisan support.”