WASHINGTON – Recently, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined local leaders from Clark to Okanogan counties to announce more than $8.6 million in federal funds across Washington state to ensure adult Washingtonians with disabilities and their families have the resources necessary to secure safe, secure, stable housing. The vouchers will fund local initiatives to help non-elderly, people with disabilities who are at risk of institutionalization or homelessness access affordable housing and other support services, helping them live independently within their communities. The money comes from new Mainstream Housing Vouchers, which are awarded on a competitive basis and funded through a 2018 spending bill that Senator Murray helped to pass in the Senate.

“We know the importance of stable housing to the health and well-being of people with disabilities, and I’m glad to see this federal investment flow to vulnerable Washingtonians,” Senator Murray said. “This funding will help provide independence and security for so many Washingtonians with disabilities—including those facing homelessness or at risk of institutionalization—from Seattle to Vancouver to Omak, and beyond. As an advocate for people with disabilities and those facing housing insecurity in Washington state and across the country, I won’t stop fighting to get our communities the resources and support they need to live and thrive.”

This round of Mainstream Vouchers will provide an estimated $150 million in funding to house an additional 18,000 families across the country.