Low-Income Housing & Homeless Advocacy Day

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. 

~Tara

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.

Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37th District) Seattle speaks at a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Legislature. Photo: Tara Nelson

Senator Rebecca Saldaña (D-37th District) Seattle speaks at a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Legislature. Photo: Tara Nelson

Hundreds of low-income and homeless advocates gathered outside of the Washington State Legislature Thursday, Feb. 2 to advocate for more affordable housing and homeless services. Photo: Tara Nelson

Hundreds of low-income and homeless advocates gathered outside of the Washington State Legislature Thursday, Feb. 2 to advocate for more affordable housing and homeless services. Photo: Tara Nelson

40th District Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) meets with representatives of Community Action of Skagit County and Skagit Home Trust. Photo: Tara Nelson

40th District Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) meets with representatives of Community Action of Skagit County and Skagit Home Trust. Photo: Tara Nelson

Newly-elected 43rd LD Representative Nicole Macri speaks during a rally for affordable housing and homeless services Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. Photo: Tara Nelson

Newly-elected 43rd LD Representative Nicole Macri speaks during a rally for affordable housing and homeless services Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. Photo: Tara Nelson

Hundreds of low-income and homeless advocates gathered outside of the Washington State Legislature Thursday, Feb. 2 to advocate for more affordable housing and homeless services. Photo: Tara Nelson

Hundreds of low-income and homeless advocates gathered outside of the Washington State Legislature Thursday, Feb. 2 to advocate for more affordable housing and homeless services. Photo: Tara Nelson

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.

Prayer flags fly during a rally for low-income housing and homeless issues at the Washington State Capitol building Thursday, Feb. 2 in Olympia. The flags were made by homeless individuals who had been left on the street when cold-weather shelters were full. Photo: Tara Nelson.