FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 14, 2024 Shewmake Bill to Support Self-Help Housing Passes Senate OLYMPIA – More self-help housing could be coming to rural areas. Legislation to support low-income home ownership opportunities in rural areas passed the Senate yesterday. SB 6013 would expand the housing development nonprofit property tax exemption, an exemption used by groups that build low-income housing such as Habitat for Humanity, to cover groups using the self-help development model. Under the self-help model, a collection of low-income households obtains land from a housing non-profit. They then work together, with the support of a nonprofit and a USDA self-help housing grant, to build the homes they will eventually own. “This exemption helps create needed affordable housing and converts unimproved land ...Read More
Sen. Sharon Shewmake was sworn into office on Dec. 9, 2022 and is the first Democrat to represent the 42nd District in two decades. She serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and on the Senate Housing Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee.
Read Sharon’s full biography here.
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