Senator Murray Announces American Rescue Plan Funding to Help House People in Washington State Facing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced housing relief from the American Rescue Plan totaling nearly $28 million for public housing authorities (PHAs) across Washington state to serve an additional 2,443 households. The funding will be distributed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. See below for a breakdown of the funding.

The American Rescue Plan, which Senator Murray helped to shepherd through the Senate, allowed HUD to allocate additional vouchers to PHAs through an allocation formula designed to direct emergency vouchers to the PHAs operating in areas where eligible populations have the greatest need while also considering PHA capacity and the requirement to ensure geographic diversity, including rural areas. More specifically, Emergency Housing Vouchers are provided to PHAs to help assist individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or recently homeless.

“We faced a housing and homelessness crisis well before this pandemic, and the past year has only made it worse. And for people experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, or fleeing domestic violence, the pandemic has made being unhoused even more challenging than it already was,” Senator Murray said. “So I’m glad we were able to secure this critical relief to help people get safe, secure housing with the aid of public housing authorities in their communities. The American Rescue Plan was just the start of the work we need to do to combat the housing and homelessness crisis, and I’m going to keep pushing to get needed federal support for housing, rent, and homelessness assistance in Washington state.”

The American Rescue Plan passed in March after a year of Senator Murray advocating for increased housing assistance to combat the effects of the pandemic on renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness, and also includes more than $400 million in rental assistance and nearly $100 million for housing and services to support people experiencing homelessness in Washington state.

In the December COVID relief package, Senator Murray helped to secure $507 million for Washington state and $25 billion nationally for states, Tribes, and territories to provide rental and utility assistance, and last year, Senator Murray helped secure over $100 million in Emergency Solutions Grants for Washington state through the CARES Act, which provided a critical lifeline for people and families experiencing or facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Senator Murray has already announced more than $100 million in federal awards to combat housing insecurity and invest in public housing infrastructure across Washington state.

PHA Name (Recipient)CityCountyNumber of unitsAward Amount
Seattle Housing AuthoritySeattleKing4946,160,848
Housing Authority of King CountySeattleKing75611,022,576
Housing Authority of the City of BremertonBremertonKitsap38406,872
Peninsula Housing AuthorityPort AngelesClallam             19131,388
Housing Authority City of TacomaTacomaPierce             1341,191,204
Housing Authority City of EverettEverettSnohomish          56760,104
Housing Authority City of LongviewLongviewCowlitz42300,684
Housing Authority of the City of VancouverVancouverClark101884,424
Housing Authority City of RentonRentonKing54702,540
Housing Authority City of KennewickKennewickBenton28211,920
Columbia Gorge Housing AuthorityThe DallesWasco15103,932
Housing Authority of Grant CountyMoses LakeGrant              1687,648
Housing Authority of Asotin CountyClarkstonAsotin             1590,048
Housing Authority of Grays Harbor CountyAberdeenGrays Harbor1883,688
Housing Authority City of Pasco and Franklin CountyPascoFranklin21167,268
Housing Authority of Island CountyCoupevilleIsland             15133,428
Housing Authority City of BellinghamBellinghamWhatcom            63581,004
Housing Authority of Snohomish CountyEverettSnohomish70994,776
Housing Authority City of YakimaYakimaYakima74486,648
Housing Authority of Thurston CountyOlympiaThurston68598,452
Housing Authority of Pierce CountyTacomaPierce62685,836
Housing Authority City of SpokaneSpokaneSpokane2221,418,952
Housing Authority City of Walla WallaWalla WallaWalla Walla        15100,332
Housing Authority of Skagit CountyBurlingtonSkagit32259,176
Housing Authority of Okanogan CountyOmakOkanogan1590,684