In unanimous vote, House approves Low bill aimed at increasing affordable workforce housing in rural counties

A bipartisan effort led by 39th District Rep. Sam Low to tackle the affordable workforce housing shortage in rural Washington has been approved by the Washington State House of Representatives.

House Bill 1987, which was approved 97-0, would implement a flexible and innovative approach to the problem by empowering rural counties to leverage existing rural public facilities sales and use tax revenue. This would allow counties to meet their needs however they see fit, whether by constructing housing units, investing in essential infrastructure surrounding housing developments, or acquiring land for future development.

“The unanimous support for this bill today is encouraging and reflects a shared commitment to investing in the future of rural Washington,” said Low, R-Lake Stevens. “Through House Bill 1987, we can take a critical step towards addressing the acute shortage of affordable workforce housing in rural counties like Skagit. Allowing counties to tackle this problem head-on would help them meet their unique housing needs, break down barriers to economic mobility, and facilitate sustainable growth. I look forward to advocating for this bill over in the Senate and getting it all the way to the governor’s desk this year.”

House Bill 1987 is a specific priority bill for Skagit County, which has the lowest vacancy rate in the state. It now moves to the Senate for further deliberation.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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