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Legislative Update Week 12
Legislative Update Week 12

A week from Monday, April 5, the legislature must pass policy legislation, or it is considered dead for this legislative session. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted04/5/2021


Lakewood and Pierce County Rental Assistance Resources
Lakewood and Pierce County Rental Assistance Resources

Lakewood rental and mortgage assistance and Pierce County rental assistance flyers with more information Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted03/19/2021


January Rent Collection Ticks Up Following Infusion of Rental Assistance
January Rent Collection Ticks Up Following Infusion of Rental Assistance

Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 94.6% of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by January 31, 2021). The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state. This is a 2.5... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted02/18/2021


New Data Shows King County Renters are Less Than Three Months Behind on Rent
New Data Shows King County Renters are Less Than Three Months Behind on Rent

New data released by King County shows that while the breadth of people behind on rent is historically high, the depth of the challenge may not be as big as many thought. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted02/16/2021


Legislative Update - First Policy Cutoff
Legislative Update - First Policy Cutoff

Monday, February 15, 2021 marked the first policy cutoff in the Washington legislature. The next important cutoff is March 9, when all proposals must be considered by their house of origin. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted02/15/2021


Expanded Fitness Guidance in Some Counties
Expanded Fitness Guidance in Some Counties

Governor Inslee Moves Counties to Phase 2 On Thursday, January 28, Governor Inslee announced that two regions will move to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Plan beginning Monday, February 1. The counties affected are King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties (Puget Sound region),... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted01/29/2021


We Are WMFHA - A Look Back at 2020
We Are WMFHA - A Look Back at 2020

2020 will certainly be a year to remember, and a year to forget. Continue Reading

Postedby Jim Wiard (deleted)
Date posted01/21/2021


88 percent of Apartment Homes Paid rent as of January 14
88 percent of Apartment Homes Paid rent as of January 14

Renton, Washington – Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s (WMFHA) found 88.23 percent of statewide apartment homes made a full or partial payment by January 14. The data was collected from the association’s 267,000 professionally managed homes in the state. This is a... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted01/18/2021


Reopening Appointment-Based Fitness Centers
Reopening Appointment-Based Fitness Centers

The Governor released official Fitness and Training COVID-19 Guidance on Wednesday night. The Guidance describes reopening of unstaffed indoor fitness facilities in Phase 1, based on the below restrictions with one additional restriction - only one person per room. Therefore, in order to reopen... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted01/14/2021


Dear Olympia, Housing Recovery is COVID Recovery
Dear Olympia, Housing Recovery is COVID Recovery

As legislators convene for a historic 2021 legislative session, we urge them to make housing access, affordability, and market health a top priority. Much focus is on how COVID-19 impacts residents’ ability to pay rent. Similarly, amidst reduced income, many housing providers continue to... Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted01/14/2021


2021 Washington Legislative Session
2021 Washington Legislative Session

The 2021 state legislature is now in session. Over the next several months policymakers will be deciding some of the most important pieces of legislation in years. Continue Reading

Postedby Jim Wiard (deleted)
Date posted01/8/2021


January 2021 Eviction Moratorium and Reopening Update
January 2021 Eviction Moratorium and Reopening Update

One notable change in the moratorium: housing providers are now able to access rental assistance on behalf of tenants. Continue Reading

Postedby Brett Waller
Date posted01/6/2021