Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties proudly advocates on behalf of deserving families through its Cost of Home campaign — supporting more affordable housing across the state.
End Exclusionary Zoning
Washington State has a long and sordid history with exclusionary zoning. From the use of racial covenants and redlining maps to keep Black, Indigenous, and people of color out of neighborhoods that were predominantly White to the use of modern-day exclusionary zoning methods, keeping high-value homes and neighborhoods unreachable through so-called single-family zoning and not allowing any tools that could bring housing affordability to these desirable neighborhoods. Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties calls on the legislature to look to the examples of Oregon and Walla Walla and end the practice of exclusionary zoning in Washington State.
Invest in the Housing Trust Fund
The lack of affordable housing and affordable homeownership opportunities continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing Washington today. While we have continued to invest in housing through the Washington State Housing Trust Fund, much more needs to be done. Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties urges the state legislature to significantly increase the allocation for the Housing Trust Fund, to set a statutory floor for homeownership funding in the HTF, and to equalize the award limits between construction types.
Support Permanently Affordable Homeownership
While we drastically need more investment in affordable housing across the board, we also need to make deliberate investments in permanently affordable homeownership here in Washington State. The reality is the disparity between Washington State’s support for rental, shelter, and supportive services housing and Washington’s support for homeownership is roughly 20 to 1 in favor of rentals, shelter, and supportive services. That is a massive racial and economic equity issue, because it ensures developers build only rentals in communities of color, denying families opportunities to build equity. We at Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King & Kittitas Counties strongly support the creation of new avenues of support for permanently affordable homeownership, because we need long term solutions to address this crisis.