Thanks are in order: to Sen. Maria Cantwell, along with Reps. Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene for their efforts to pass legislation that will increase affordable housing across America, including our state. In addition, their plan to increase housing vouchers (currently only reaching 25 percent of those who qualify) would help stem the flow to homelessness. Next, thanks to Housing Hope for its successful efforts to provide ladders out of homelessness via housing and job training.
This program could be modeled around the country as one option to end homelessness. Third, thanks to The Herald Editorial Board for explaining the details on these important initiatives and calling for members of the community to contact government on all levels to insure the success “Efforts for affordable housing need our support,” The Herald, Sept. 3). Hopefully, thanks will be in order for citizens, calling on national, state, county, and city government officials to back these and other programs, taking the actions necessary to finally end homelessness.