OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday he wants to spend more than $300 million from the state’s emergency budget reserve to add 2,100 shelter beds and provide other help to combat homelessness.
In unveiling his supplemental spending plan to the state’s current $52.4 billion two-year budget Inslee said Washington must do more to find housing for people. He said Washington has the fifth-highest per-capita rate of homelessness.
In addition to adding shelter beds Inslee wants to give rental and other housing assistance to more than 3,000 people. His plan would cost $146 million during the 2019-2021 biennium and ultimately cost $300 million over three years. The state currently has about $2.5 billion in its emergency fund.
The Legislature, which convenes next month, will consider Inslee’s proposal.
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