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The nearly $28 million in emergency vouchers will go to public housing authorities across Washington state to help house people who are experiencing or facing homelessness 

Senator Murray fought to include billions in housing relief in the American Rescue Plan

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Senator Murray: “I’m glad we were able to secure this critical relief to help people get safe, secure housing with the aid of public housing authorities in their communities”

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced housing relief from the American Rescue Plan totaling nearly $28 million for public housing authorities (PHAs) across Washington state to serve an additional 2,443 households. The funding will be distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. See below for a breakdown of the funding.

The American Rescue Plan, which Senator Murray helped to shepherd through the Senate, allowed HUD to allocate additional vouchers to PHAs through an allocation formula designed to direct emergency vouchers to the PHAs operating in areas where eligible populations have the greatest need while also considering PHA capacity and the requirement to ensure geographic diversity, including rural areas. More specifically, Emergency Housing Vouchers are provided to PHAs to help assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or recently homeless.

“We faced a housing and homelessness crisis well before this pandemic, and the past year has only made it worse. And for people experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or fleeing domestic violence, the pandemic has made being unhoused even more challenging than it already was,” Senator Murray said. “So I’m glad we were able to secure this critical relief to help people get safe, secure housing with the aid of public housing authorities in their communities. The American Rescue Plan was just the start of the work we need to do to combat the housing and homelessness crisis, and I’m going to keep pushing to get needed federal support for housing, rent, and homelessness assistance in Washington state.”

The American Rescue Plan passed in March after a year of Senator Murray advocating for increased housing assistance to combat the effects of the pandemic on renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness, and also includes more than $400 million in rental assistance and nearly $100 million for housing and services to support people experiencing homelessness in Washington state.

In the December COVID relief package, Senator Murray helped to secure $507 million for Washington state and $25 billion nationally for states, Tribes, and territories to provide rental and utility assistance, and last year, Senator Murray helped secure over $100 million in Emergency Solutions Grants for Washington state through the CARES Act, which provided a critical lifeline for people and families experiencing or facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Senator Murray has already announced more than $100 million in federal awards to combat housing insecurity and invest in public housing infrastructure across Washington state.

PHA Name (Recipient)

City

County

Number of units

Award Amount

Seattle Housing Authority

Seattle

King

494

6,160,848

Housing Authority of King County

Seattle

King

756

11,022,576

Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton

Bremerton

Kitsap

38

406,872

Peninsula Housing Authority

Port Angeles

Clallam             

19

131,388

Housing Authority City of Tacoma

Tacoma

Pierce             

134

1,191,204

Housing Authority City of Everett

Everett

Snohomish          

56

760,104

Housing Authority City of Longview

Longview

Cowlitz

42

300,684

Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver

Vancouver

Clark

101

884,424

Housing Authority City of Renton

Renton

King

54

702,540

Housing Authority City of Kennewick

Kennewick

Benton

28

211,920

Columbia Gorge Housing Authority

The Dalles

Wasco

15

103,932

Housing Authority of Grant County

Moses Lake

Grant              

16

87,648

Housing Authority of Asotin County

Clarkston

Asotin             

15

90,048

Housing Authority of Grays Harbor County

Aberdeen

Grays Harbor

18

83,688

Housing Authority City of Pasco and Franklin County

Pasco

Franklin

21

167,268

Housing Authority of Island County

Coupeville

Island             

15

133,428

Housing Authority City of Bellingham

Bellingham

Whatcom            

63

581,004

Housing Authority of Snohomish County

Everett

Snohomish

70

994,776

Housing Authority City of Yakima

Yakima

Yakima

74

486,648

Housing Authority of Thurston County

Olympia

Thurston

68

598,452

Housing Authority of Pierce County

Tacoma

Pierce

62

685,836

Housing Authority City of Spokane

Spokane

Spokane

222

1,418,952

Housing Authority City of Walla Walla

Walla Walla

Walla Walla        

15

100,332

Housing Authority of Skagit County

Burlington

Skagit

32

259,176

Housing Authority of Okanogan County

Omak

Okanogan

15

90,684

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