OLYMPIA - Amid homeless issues in Moses Lake, Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget may offer extra relief in eradicating the problem.
The governor says his new operational budget would continue nearly $4 million in funding for permanent supportive housing for people with a history of mental illness.
$8 million will be set aside to expand housing services to youth by expanding shelter beds, outreach and housing to unserved areas of the state.
$12 million will be added to reduce the number of people living outside through a mix of interventions such as permanent supportive housing, short-term rent assistance and emergency shelters.
Finally, $4.3 million will help enable counties and the cities within them to conduct buildable lands analyses which will address the ways zoning and land use regulations are promoting or hindering attainment of affordable housing goals.