Vital homeless services including The People's House rely upon these funds to provide services to street dependent people all over the state. Phil Owen from SideWalk reported earlier that homelessness in Washington State has decreased by 29% since 2005 when the recording fees were put in place.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION AND CALL!
From the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance:
With less than two weeks left (session is scheduled to end on March 13), we’ve got to keep the pressure on our lawmakers to invest deeper in the Housing Trust Fund and to pass ESHB 2368 without significant compromises! If you haven’t taken action yet (or lately) please do today. It isn’t too late to call...
Here is the phone number:
Here is a sample script you could use:
"Please make sure the homeless housing and assistance surcharge fees don’t sunset by supporting E-S-H-B 2368. This is a significant source of funding for vital homeless services in our state. These effective state and local programs help transition people off the streets into shelters and homes. Make the document recording fees permanent so that these vital programs can continue."
Please also email them directly regarding these bills:
House Bill 2368
Senate Bill 6313
About Document Recording Fees:
From the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Washington State has embraced the use of modest recording fees on some real estate related documents as a significant source of funds for homelessness programs. These effective state and local programs help transition people off the streets into shelters and homes. The fees are the state’s most significant funding source for homelessness programs, representing almost half of all funds.
This fee is set to reduce by $10 in July 2015 and then reduce by another $20 in July 2017. This would result in a loss of 62.5% of total current funding for homelessness. If this happens, effective homelessness programs across the state will experience severe cuts or will close. This could seriously set back the progress we’ve made in decreasing homelessness in Washington.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in our community! It is so important!