Rent Control Talking Points: Washington

King County Will Help Pay April Rent for Low-Income Households Who Couldn’t Pay

Rich Smith reports on a new program meant to help low-income residents in King County impacted by the coronavirus pandemic pay rent.

Editorial: We’re Going to Need a Bigger Supply of Housing

The Herald Editorial Board weighs in on regional solutions to Snohomish County’s housing affordability crisis. 

The Rise of the Renter: For the First Time in Decades, Seattle Has As Many Renters As Homeowners

Gene Balk with the Seattle Times reports on what Seattle’s growing population of renters means for the region. 

As Affordable Housing Shrinks in Seattle, Permitting Delays Keep Apartment Projects in Limbo for Months

Katherine Khashimova Long details how permitting delays are holding up apartment construction in Seattle.

Study Finds Active-duty Households Spend More On Housing In Seattle Than Most Cities

Becca Savransky with the Seattle PI reports on housing affordability challenges facing active-duty households in Seattle.

In Seattle, A Focused Approach to Housing

Kim Hart reports in Axios on Seattle’s new, focused approach to housing. 

Microsoft Joins King County, Housing Authority To Purchase Five Apartment Complexes To Combat Housing Crisis

Paige Cornwell with the Seattle Times reports on Microsoft’s new investment in affordable housing. 

Washington Fact Sheet – Click to download information on the housing crisis in WA state

Microsoft, Mayors Come Together on Housing

Over the past decade, home prices and rents have risen twice as fast as incomes in the Puget Sound Region. For many, this means being priced out of the neighborhoods they grew up in. That could soon change as a result of a $500 million pledge from Microsoft.


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