A Year of Housing Solutions
For 75 years, SHBA members have pioneered solutions to housing issues and have been instrumental in shaping the vibrancy of the Spokane community. Now, more than ever, we continue to build for a future where the American Dream of homeownership is possible for all Spokane residents. Build for the future with us.
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The housing crisis is complex. But the solutions don’t have to be. Our year-long conversation around housing solutions focuses on policies and programs that work.
Years of funding cuts to career and technical education in schools have robbed us of a generation of skilled workers. SHBA’s solutions to the workforce shortage include our workforce development program—Frame Your Future—and advocating for policies like the regional apprenticeship programs bill, which would create a skills center for high schoolers in Eastern Washington and increase access to apprenticeship programs.
More than just the American Dream, owning a home is one of the most viable ways for Americans to build wealth. Yet, in Washington, we have the fewest housing units per household of any state, and it's only getting worse. To reverse this trend and make housing more affordable, SHBA advocates for pro-housing policies that increase available housing units and help more families and individuals transition from renting to owning a home.
Sustainability & Energy Efficiency
Policies that eliminate energy choice in the name of energy efficiency often have the opposite effect, increasing the amount of energy being used in homes AND the cost of energy to homeowners. SHBA advocates for smart energy efficiency practices and policies that actually reduce carbon emissions and don’t drive up the cost of housing.
Growth & Density
Homebuilders know that a streamlined, transparent permitting process makes housing more affordable and benefits entire communities. SHBA advocates for policy reforms that will encourage, not deter, homebuilding.
Advocacy in Action
Top Five Issues Driving the Spokane Housing Crisis
Eight out of 10 Spokane residents can’t afford to buy a home in current market conditions. Read that sentence again.…Read More
Home Prices April 2022
Spokane County has reached an all time high for their home prices. The cost of a median priced home has…Read More
2021 Election Results
Endorsed Candidate Update While a handful of votes remain to be counted, the results of this year’s elections are all…Read More