Building Changes works hand-in-hand with statewide homelessness and housing advocacy organizations, government agencies, and private philanthropy to promote effective programs, pass legislation, and maintain or increase funding aimed at making youth and family homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
Priority Items for 2017
- Washington Youth & Families Fund
Invest $6 million to make youth and family homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
(Resource: Washington Youth & Families Fund Policy Brief)
- Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP)
Invest $4 million per biennium to sustain supports and improve educational opportunities for students experiencing homelessness.
(Resource: Schoolhouse Washington )
- Document Recording Fees
Eliminate the sunset on all document recording fees, increase the fee, and eliminate the 45% mandate for for-profit housing markets.
(Resources: Protect Services That Prevent and End Homelessness)
- Housing Trust Fund
Invest $200 million from the 2017 Capital Budget to build and preserve safe, healthy and affordable homes.
(Resource: Housing Trust Fund)
Support Items for 2017
- Under 18 Consent to Data Collection
Allow youth under 18 to sign their own consent for collection of their personal information in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This will allow our state to design more effective interventions for youth experiencing homelessness.
- Preserve Funding for Essential Programs that Prevent Homelessness
Preserve and fully fund Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) and Aged Blind and Disabled (ABD) programs. Restore 15% grant cut for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
(Resources: Protect Washington's Lifeline for Disabled and Elderly Adults, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: A Lifeline for Children)
- Source of Income Discrimination
Prohibit source of income discrimination so that landlords cannot refuse housing to renters who use a housing voucher, social security, or other form of subsidy or income support.
(Resource: Ban Discrimination Based on a Renter’s Source of Income)
Support for WACHYA Priority Agenda: Building Changes also publicly supports the 2017 Priority Agenda of the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy.
Statement on Revenue: Building Changes supports a balanced approach to the state budget. In developing a state budget, we encourage the Governor and the Legislature to explore other revenue options before making cuts exacerbating the current homeless and housing instability crises happening throughout Washington State.
For more information about legislative proposals see the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s state advocacy page.
Building Changes partners with a number of organizations across the state. Here is a partial list:
A Way Home Washington
All Home King County
Columbia Legal Services
Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County
The Mockingbird Society
Partners for Our Children
Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness
Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
Tacoma/Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Welfare Advocates Group