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HB 2048. Relating to low-income and homeless housing assistance surcharges. Representative Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney. HB 2048. Changes the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act document recording surcharge to: $40 through June 30, 2015 $30 from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017, and

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Relating to low income and homeless housing assistance surcharges

HB2048

Relating to low-income and homeless housing assistance surcharges

Representative Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney


Hb 2048

HB2048

  • Changes the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act document recording surcharge to:

    • $40 through June 30, 2015

    • $30 from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017, and

    • $10 beginning on July 1, 2017

  • Adds requirements to local governments and the Department of Commerce related to housing vouchers paid for with document recording fees.


Number of people who are homeless in washington

Number of People Who are Homeless in Washington

  • 91,100 – people who are homeless during the course of the year

  • 75,300 – people provided temporary housing assistance

  • 15,800 – people who cannot be served due to limited resources


Number of kids in washington who are homeless

Number of Kids in Washington Who are Homeless

OSPI reports 21,800 homeless students during the last school year – up 56.5%since 2005.

On any given day, there are 3,388 homeless families with children


Relating to low income and homeless housing assistance surcharges

What Will Happen if We Do Nothing?

Data from Dep. of Commerce 4/6/11


Relating to low income and homeless housing assistance surcharges

…With the Following Result

The Department of Commerce projects a 25% increase in 11-13 and a 219%increase in 13-15 in the number of homeless people who cannot receive services due to funding.


It s only getting more difficult to find affordable housing

It’s Only Getting More Difficult to Find Affordable Housing


What is the solution

What is the Solution?

Data from Dep. of Commerce 4/6/11


What about the local level

What about the local level?

Data from Dep. of Commerce 4/6/11


Increase in home prices compared to recording fees

Increase in Home Prices Compared to Recording Fees


Why do we rely on fees

Why Do We Rely on Fees?


Why focus on vouchers

Why Focus on Vouchers?

In the right circumstances, vouchers can provide an efficient and cost-effective option for providing housing assistance to very-low income and homeless households


Document recording fees already go towards vouchers

Document Recording Fees already Go Towards Vouchers

  • State Portion of Recording Fee Dollars

    • 39% of Commerce managed document recording fees are dedicated to project-based leasing or tenant-based rent assistance.

  • Local Portion of Recording Fee Dollars

    • 41% of reported locally retained document recording fees are dedicated to project-based leasing or tenant-based rent assistance.


  • Hb 20481

    HB 2048

    Gives landlords the opportunity to “opt-into” an interested landlord list that local governments and contractors distribute

    Improves communication between local governments, agency providers, and interested landlords

    Emphasizes data tracking and reporting to better measure the benefits of vouchers

    Advances public-private partnerships in affordable housing


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