PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - WA: Housing/Homelessness

The sun is down on Washington's legislative session, and older residents scored big victories, including improvements to the senior property-tax exemption. (dannymac15_1999/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Older Washingtonians' pocketbooks got some much-needed relief in the legislative session that wrapped up last week. AARP Washington says lawmakers' support of three bills in particular is going to help seniors get by. The Legislature devoted $1 million to reinstate hearing

The Legislature passed a plethora of affordable housing solutions this session, including $100 million in the Biennial Capital Budget for Housing Trust Fund. (fumigene/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Advocates fighting homelessness are notching some major wins from the Washington state Legislature. With the session now over, groups are tallying their victories over the affordable housing and homelessness crisis gripping the state. Michele Thomas, director of policy and a

The ballooning cost of housing could also be fueling the rise in homelessness across Washington state. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

SEATTLE -- The door to even modest housing is shut to Washingtonians working low-income jobs, according to a new report. The National Low Income Housing Coalition's annual study, called "Out of Reach: The Rising Cost of Housing," provides data by state on the widening gap between what workers make

Seattle has joined more than 100 other communities, including Puyallap, in AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Cities. (Coffee Party USA/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Seattle is being officially recognized as an "Age-Friendly" city today, joining more than 100 communities around the world. Over the next five years, Seattle will invest in projects aimed at making the city safer for seniors, such as widening sidewalks, providing better and more affordabl

Nearly one million Washingtonians were served by community health centers in 2014. (pixabay)

SEATTLE – Community health centers provide care for people all across the state and many them live below the poverty line. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has announced she plans to nearly double community health center funding over the next decade. The policy pro

This multi-family housing unit in Cashmere, Wash., was developed by the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing to serve farmworkers' families. (Marty Miller/ORFH)

YAKIMA, Wash. – As grocery stores and farmers markets stock the fresh cherry crop for which Washington is famous, one organization is focused on the people who pick those cherries – and their need for safe living conditions. The Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH) in Yakima h

HUD says landlords could be in violation of the Fair Housing Act if they issue blanket rejections to people with criminal records. (click/morguefile)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or "HUD," gave new guidance to landlords this week, telling them not to reject potential tenants simply because they have criminal records. The department added that blanket rejection of people with criminal records is a violation of

Supporters say the CARE Act would keep family caregivers better informed and better prepared when loved ones are released from the hospital. (Xenia/morguefile)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington legislators are considering an idea that just became a state law in Oregon and Nevada. The CARE Act outlines rules for hospitals so when patients are discharged, they have a caregiver on record who can help with the transition. Among older patients, Medicare says one in

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