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House Bill Could Cut Funding To Homeless in Our Region

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Washington State lawmakers are trying to vote on a bill that would provide funds to homeless networks in the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin. Washington State lawmakers are trying to vote on a bill that would provide funds to homeless networks in the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin.

NBCRightNow.com - Washington State lawmakers are trying to vote on a bill that would provide funds to homeless networks in the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin.

Last week, a state senate committee did not vote on House Bill 2368, which would set a $40.00 fee when you file real estate or property documents.

Those fees would get pooled and sent to communities around the state to pay for affordable housing and homeless needs.

Tim Sullivan from the City of Yakima's Human Services Department said these funds do not just benefit the homeless.

"Approximately 80% of the funds that we spend are on housing vouchers that go to private landlords.  Those dollars support the local economy, and helps private business owners, so that's a great economic cause as well," Sullivan said.

If the committee does not vote on the bill, the fees will drop to $30.00 in 2015.

That could result in a $250,000.00 loss in revenue, which pays for many homeless services in the region, and jobs with the department.

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