We’re excited to celebrate many key wins during this year’s legislative session! Thank you to all for sharing about community needs and for your advocacy!
The HLC Policy Committee hosted two luncheons with legislators in Olympia, spoke with the Senate Budget Chair regarding budget funding, collaborated with partners from the Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance and the Prevention Alliance, and communicated local and regional policy priorities to legislators on a regular basis. We are so proud of the community effort to secure these legislative wins! Thank you!
- $175 million dedicated to the Housing Trust Fund, which will build 5,000 affordable homes around the state
- $14.5 million increase in Housing & Essential Needs funds to prevent homelessness
- SB 5600: Tenants now have 14 days (increased from three days) to pay rent before being evicted
- HB 1440: Landlords must now give tenants 60 days notice (increased from 30 days) when raising the rent
Children’s Mental Health
- HB 1874: Expands behavioral health care access for adolescents by enhancing communication between parents and behavioral health providers
- SB 5903: Coordination, training, and supports for educational service districts, schools, and providers around child and adolescent behavioral health
Opioid Crisis Response:
- SB 5380: Expands prevention activities, access to treatment, and related services to address the opioid use disorder crisis
Access to Child Care:
- HB 1344: Creates a child care access work group that will develop a statewide plan to determine child care subsidy rates, eligibility for subsidies, and policy changes needed for the working connections child care program
- Evergreen School District received capital budget funds to build a School-Based Health Center
- In addition to legislative wins, White Salmon Valley School District will receive funds from a successfully passed bond to expand capacity, improve safety, and develop a school wellness center