Thank you for your editorial supporting legislative action on funding for housing for the homeless [“Homeless are victims of legislative malpractice,” Opinion, March 5].
I work at Catholic Housing Services, which provides affordable housing throughout Western Washington with almost 2,000 units. Many of those units provide permanent shelter to homeless individuals and families. Without the funds from the real-estate document recording fees we can’t provide the supportive services necessary to help those households thrive and remain stable in their housing.
We and other affordable housing developers, owners and managers are a major part of the real-estate industry in Washington. Our activity not only provides homes, it provides jobs and economic activity that is helping all the boats to rise in our state.
The Times’ editorial board and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, are correct: It is irresponsible for the state Legislature to allow this vital source of funds to sunset.
Give the bill a hearing and give it a vote. Don’t let ideology and lobbying from certain sectors of the real-estate industry trump compassion.
Keven Ruf, Catholic Housing Services’ director of Housing Operations,