“Housing affordability requires an all-of-the-above strategy,” said Sen. Sharon Shewmake, D-Bellingham, who counts affordable housing as one of her key issues, in an email to The Center Square. “Delays and additional costs from permitting drive up the price of homes and reduce supply.

She continued, “This has to be part of a strategy of opening up more land to housing, reforming zoning to allow for more multi-family housing, condo liability reform and building more subsidized housing for our most vulnerable community members.”