By AHMED NAMATALLA
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are advancing a measure that would prohibit landlords from turning away tenants that rely on federal housing assistance, Social Security income and veterans benefits.
It’s one of several efforts by politicians and low-income housing advocates aimed at curbing one of the highest homeless rates in the nation.
While Washington boasts one of the country’s fastest-growing economies, the flip side is a housing market where rents have surged and vacancy rates are the country’s lowest.
The bill passed both chambers, but changes made in the Senate must be approved in the House before the bill goes to Gov. Jay Inslee.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 11 other states and Washington D.C. have enacted similar laws.