– Editor’s note:
While Yelm is not included in the proposed levy, this is important to assist Thurston County’s “most vulnerable people” and perhaps one-day, can be used as a model for implementation in Yelm.
– “Group pushes for tax to build affordable housing in Thurston County”
“An advocacy group is lobbying leaders in Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater to support a property tax that would pay for more affordable housing in Thurston County.
The Home Fund group wants the county’s three biggest cities to put a housing levy before their respective voters sometime in 2017.
Supporters say more affordable housing options will reduce the strain on local homeless shelters, hospitals and jails while also serving the county’s most vulnerable people. The goal is to create 500 new affordable housing units and help more than 2,400 households during the course of the seven-year levy.”
“Thurston County already ranks near the bottom in the state for housing affordability, with an average monthly rent of $963 for a family of four, according to a recent United Way study. About 12 percent of Thurston County’s 99,815 households live below the poverty line, and another 23 percent qualify as struggl,” quoting Andy Hobbs, The Olympian.