Yesterday I traveled to Olympia to advocate for affordable housing and homeless services for Washington families. Having grown up with a disabled parent who lived solely on Social Security income I know first-hand the difficulty housing costs can impose on individuals.
Today, I help manage rental properties and see the difficulty from a different angle. Both Skagit and Whatcom counties have a less than 1 percent vacancy rate meaning there are less than 1 percent of the area's housing stock available at any given moment. This makes finding housing extremely difficult and skews the playing field against renters who have struggled with unstable income, unstable employment, disabilities, or those who are are veterans.
I am proud to rent to Section 8 recipients and believe it is a wonderful program that helps families who are struggling financially.