OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was recognized recently for his work toward protecting access to low income housing by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance (WLIHA) and The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County.
Hobbs was honored on May 31 at the WLIHA’s third annual Bringing Washington Home advocacy award reception. On Friday, the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County presented Hobbs with its 2012 Housing Hero Award.
“This award represents a small token of the Housing Consortium’s gratitude for Hobbs’ tireless work as Chair of the Financial Institution, Housing and Insurance Committee and his strategic leadership on a number of bills important to the affordable housing community,” said Mark Smith, Executive Director of the Housing Consortium.
"(Hobbs) has been able to bring new ideas, new perspectives, and new allies to the table, all of which has been incredibly helpful for affordable housing and homelessness issues,” said Rachael Myers, Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. “We thank him for his partnership."
Hobbs’ work toward the passage of House Bill 2048 and the adoption of the Fair Tenant Screening Act were cited as reasons he was singled out for these awards. Hobbs played a crucial role in bringing all sides to the table for a compromise that legislators and advocates have been trying to reach for years on these issues.
The first steps toward eliminating unfair screening barriers were enacted with the passage of the Fair Tenant Screening Act. Over 1,800 new, safe, healthy and affordable homes will be built because of new investments in the Housing Trust Fund. In addition, over 28,000 Washingtonians will be prevented from facing the brutality of homelessness because of the passage of HB 2048.