Washington needs collaborative partnerships between developers, community groups and local authorities to break through barriers around affordable housing. Rural districts like the 35th LD have higher levels of poverty and lower incomes than other parts of the state, but have attracted little federal or state support for affordable housing. Renters in particular are struggling, especially our poorest seniors, people with disabilities and working families with children.

Let’s make it easier to build affordable, livable homes. A good supply of housing helps the region overall, especially in terms of local economic growth. And timber communities, which were often larger in years past, often have areas close to work, schools and transit that can be used to build sustainably, with more density and less ecological impact.