Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, May 8

Construction workers hold a piece of siding in place at a development in east Vancouver. The city has awarded millions of local and federal dollars to housing and homelessness services that will produce hundreds of affordable housing units. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian files)

Vancouver council awards millions to add affordable housing and shelter beds
Millions of dollars for affordable housing, rental assistance and services for homeless people are coming to Vancouver this summer. The money from the city’s Affordable Housing Fund and the federal government will help around 5,000 people with services for housing, homelessness, foster care and domestic violence, Vancouver city councilors said at their Monday night meeting. Continue reading at The Columbian. (Taylor Balkom)

Dancers at the grand opening of Tlingit & Haida's Lynnwood, WA, offices. Nov. 8, 2023 (Photo courtesy of Tlingit & Haida).

Alaska tribe signs historic child welfare agreement with Washington state
An Alaska tribe has signed a historic agreement with Washington state to help keep Tlingit and Haida children with their families and tribes. The tribe “will collaborate closely with the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families to deliver culturally sensitive and responsive services that prioritize the well-being of tribal children and families,” Tlingit & Haida said in the statement. Continue reading at Indian Country Today. (Tlingit & Haida)

The majority of asylum-seekers who spent the last week surviving in a Seattle city park have been moved to hotels and temporary housing, leaving behind around 25 people as of Tuesday, according to the city of Seattle. Anyone... (Anna Patrick / The Seattle Times)

Seattle gives asylum-seekers living in Central District park notice to leave
Seattle has posted notices at a Central District park saying that it will clear the area Thursday, indicating anyone still staying there in tents or outside will have to move. The notice is the first directed at asylum-seekers who have been moving between a church, hotels, short-term rentals and parks as they await the legal ability to work in the U.S. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Anna Patrick)


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Cascadia Daily News
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The Urbanist
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