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Support Legalizing Survival Statewide!
February 28 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST
Join Just Housing on Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day to support de-criminalizing homelessness across Washington State.
We will be starting the day with other homeless advocates at The United Churches of Olympia (110 Union Avenue SE, Olympia) from 8AM-10AM.
Later in the day you can find and join us at the Capitol Campus (Look for the Legalize Survival Banner!)
Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is an annual event where hundreds of housing advocates come together to support safe, healthy, affordable homes for everyone in Washington. The event is organized by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.
If you wish, you can register for the event by following this link:
You can also find out more information about the even at:
While Just Housing will also be advocating in support of important housing and eviction reforms being considered by legislatures, our primary goal will be to use our presence to advocate for the de-criminalization of homelessness in our state.
Right now, the Civil RIghts and Judiciary Committee is considering House Bill 1591, a bill that:
• Provides that every person experiencing homelessness and who has no reasonable alternative but to survive in public space has certain rights in public space without being subject to criminal or civil penalties or harassment.
• Defines these rights and creates a cause of action for violations. It also provides that the court may award appropriate relief, including restitution for loss of property and actual/compensatory damages up to $1000.
• Provides that money appropriated for civil legal aid for indigent persons may be used for legal representation in these matters
The Committee has until Friday, February 22nd, to decide if they are going to move it forward and out of committee. If the Bill successfully moves out of committee, Just Housing will continue advocating in support of it on the 28th. If the Bill does not move out of committee, we will still be there to advocate for de-criminalizing homelessness and for continuing this important conversation at the state level!