Building Affordable Housing
The Washington Housing Trust Fund is the state's best tool for ensuring that we continue to make strides at meeting the need for safe, healthy, affordable homes in communities across the state. As a part of the state's capital budget, the Trust Fund pays not only for new affordable buildings, but for maintaining existing affordable homes across Washington. BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected by homelessness, so investing in the Housing Trust Fund is a way to bridge the racial housing gap.
Keeping Families Housed During the Pandemic
Washington's eviction moratorium has been very successful at preventing the catastrophic spread of COVID-19, with one study finding that if it had been applied nationwide, it would have saved over 160,000 lives. That's why we must extend the moratorium and provide assistance to people who have accrued rent debt until all Washingtonians are vaccinated
Preventing Housing Discrimination
Landlords in Washington have used the loophole of "no-cause terminations" to evict renters with only 20 days of notice. These evictions are disproportionately used against Black women as a way to discriminate or retaliate. That's why YWCA is fighting to pass House Bill 1236, which would require landlords to have a legitimate business reason to evict a tenant.
Join the Conversation
All week, advocates will be talking on social media about Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Days using the hashtag #HHAD2021. We've made it easy for you to join in on Twitter by giving you a fill-in-the-blank option and including the hashtag for you.
Check out how many other people in your community are joining this action in the map below, which shows a pin for every person who took part in Monday morning's call to action!
Eric Bronson is the Digital Advocacy and Engagement Manager at YWCA. He manages the Firesteel blog in addition to its social media streams and action initiatives. A graduate of Oberlin College, Eric focuses on the intersection of race and gender within the American political economy.
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