Housing Authorities are greatly affected by State and Federal legislation. AWHA advocates on behalf of the 35 Washington Housing Authorities by supporting legislation that increases that supply of affordable housing through increased local, state, and federal funding. We support policies that support low-income families across our state so they can live happy and healthy lives.
Federal Legislative Priorities
Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
The LIHTC program is the biggest funding source in Washington and across the country used to build affordable housing. The LIHTC incentivizes developers to include affordable housing units in the buildings, housing thousands of Washington families. AWHA continues to support efforts to make the four percent tax credit permanent and increase the number of credits available.
Housing Authorities are the funding conduit for many of HUD's programs. Increasing HUD funding means serving more Washington families. AWHA is asking HUD programs be funded at the following levels:
State Legislative Priorities
Source of Income Discrimination
In 2018, the Washington legislature passed SHB 2578, establishing protections for households using alternative sources of income to pay for rent from unfair discrimination. Families can no longer be denied housing or be unfairly evicted solely because they use a Housing Choice Voucher or other alternative sources of income, including Social Security benefits.
The legislation included a dedicated mitigation fund. Learn more about the fund here.
State Legislative Agendas
Every year AWHA advocates in Olympia during the legislative session for bills benefiting member Housing Authorities and low-income families. View our past legislative agendas, below.