Preserve and Expand Funding to End Homelessness

Preserve and Expand Funding to End Homelessness

Real estate document recording fees are the single biggest source of state support for homeless housing and services. They fund investments in homelessness services including:

  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Youth and young adult shelters and outreach services
  • Rental assistance
  • Move-in assistance, like deposits and tenant screening fees
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Services

Of the $58 current fee, $30 is set to sunset in June 2019. That would mean these vital programs lose more than $70 million each year.

Homelessness disproportionately affects communities of color. For example, 35,511 Washington school children experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year, but African American, American ...

Real estate document recording fees are the single biggest source of state support for homeless housing and services. They fund investments in homelessness services including:

  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Youth and young adult shelters and outreach services
  • Rental assistance
  • Move-in assistance, like deposits and tenant screening fees
  • Permanent Supportive Housing Services

Of the $58 current fee, $30 is set to sunset in June 2019. That would mean these vital programs lose more than $70 million each year.

Homelessness disproportionately affects communities of color. For example, 35,511 Washington school children experienced homelessness in the 2014-15 school year, but African American, American Indian, and Latino students were two to three times more likely to be homeless. Document recording fees are a crucial funding source for shelters and outreach services needed to ensure that our statewide investments in education are accessible for all students experiencing homelessness.

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Urge Your Lawmakers to Preserve and Improve Document Recording Fees

Real estate document recording fees are the single largest revenue source for homeless programs in Washington State. Please tell your lawmakers why you want them to preserve and improve this important funding source by passing SHB 1570.

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