Inslee calls on lawmakers to allocate more money for homeless crisis

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee called on lawmakers to allocate more money to deal with the homeless crisis.

Inslee pointed out the COVID-19 pandemic has forced more people into homelessness and that there are now new resources in the federal American Rescue Plan package.

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Without asking for a specific amount to be spent, the governor asked lawmakers to go above what they have already budgeted to provide housing and clean up public spaces used for encampments.

Inslee also indicated that he hopes it is closer to the hundreds of millions than the tens of millions.

Inslee expects lawmakers will ask for some kind of investment match from local governments.