Homeless person with sign reading "Help"MRSC and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) have recently partnered to produce the Homelessness & Housing Toolkit for Cities in order to document methods being employed by cities and counties to address the concurrent issues of homelessness and housing affordability.

Despite a 10-year pledge to end homelessness in Washington by 2015, that deadline has come and gone.  Instead, Washington is 1 of only 13 states that saw an increase in its homeless population in 2016, up by 7.3% from 2015, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Coupled with a crisis in housing affordability for low-wage workers and working families in many parts of the state, cities are seeking and—in many instances—finding solutions.

This joint MRSC/AWC publication, the Homelessness & Housing Toolkit for Cities, provides Washington local government officials with 18 real-world examples of strategies that have worked to address both issues by providing housing where it is most needed.

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Originally written by Lynn Nordby