Following the Senate vote, Multifamily NW, a nonprofit association representing owners and operators of both subsidized affordable housing and market-rate apartment buildings across the state, issued a statement from Executive Director Deborah Imse:
“For weeks, we’ve been at the table with tenant advocates, affordable housing organizations, and local governments to craft effective solutions that address the region’s housing affordability crisis. In the end, we’ve landed on a balanced approach that will provide more housing options for families of all incomes and help to reduce displacement. This legislation marks a significant step forward by adding to the housing supply, enacting common-sense protections for tenants, and increasing funding for affordable housing.
“While these bills are meaningful, we need to remember that the conversation doesn’t end here. Housing affordability is an ongoing challenge – and as an organization, our members are ready and willing to spend the next several months assembling the tools needed to build stronger and more stable communities. “