Cantwell looking to address lack of low income housing

By:  Grace Ditzler
Source: KXLY

SPOKANE, Wash. - Senator Maria Cantwell says she has a solution for addressing the challenges of affordable housing, and met with Mayor David Condon and advocates Monday to talk about the need for more affordable housing units not just in Spokane but nationwide.

According to Cantwell across the country one in four renters spend more than half of their monthly income on rent. Cantwell is making a national push to expand low income housing tax credits. The program gives tax incentives to developers who will build affordable units.

She says while the program is already an important tool to make housing more affordable it needs to expand to meet the need for more affordable housing.

Cantwell says her proposal would allow for the creation or preservation of an additional 400,000 affordable rental units over the next 10 years.

“We want everybody to help us join the cause and get this program passed in the United States Congress, in the US Senate. It's something Spokane has used in the past and I think there are advocates today talking about why its important to do but we want them to help join this push nationally," Sen. Cantwell said.

Cantwell listened to Condon, and advocates of low income housing throughout Spokane as they offered testimony for the need for more low income housing in Spokane and offered suggestions.

Right now in Spokane County there are only 12 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low income households.