On February 1, hundreds of people woke up early from all over Washington state to trek to Olympia to attend Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day at the Capitol building.
Across the street from the Capitol at the United Churches of Olympia, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance hosted a diverse group – renters, homeowners and people experiencing homelessness – who all came together to advocate for a more affordable, equitable, safe and just Washington.
“We have women who remind me of my grandmothers, sleeping under bridges with their wheel chairs beside them – and we have the power today to change that.” ~ Rep. Nicole Macri
Representative Nicole Macri, Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle and a Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Board member, kicked things off by giving an inspiring and rousing speech on the importance of showing up and making your voice heard.
Then Advocates, allies and – most importantly, those who are directly impacted by the lack of affordable housing and those currently experiencing homelessness – spread throughout the Capitol campus to share their impactful stories and experiences directly with lawmakers.
To learn more about the 2018 Legislative session and to track current bills, check out the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Bill & Budget Tracker.
Check out these photos from Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day at the Capitol building!