Rep. April Connors’ ‘Homes for Heroes’ bill scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday in Housing Committee

A bill by Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick, to provide home down payment and closing cost assistance to essential workers is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Housing Committee for Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4:00 p.m.

House Bill 1633, also known as the “Home for Heroes” program, is an effort to address the state’s workforce shortage for occupations critical to life, health, and safety, including nurses, firefighters, law enforcement, military members, veterans, childcare providers, mental health professionals, and other first responders.

“Washington has a shortage in two critical areas: essential workers and housing,” said Connors. “Providing down payment assistance to people in these vital professions will help address our state’s workforce needs and make housing more affordable – it’s a win-win for our hometown heroes and their ability to afford a home.”  

The bill would direct the Washington State Department of Commerce to contract with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission to develop and implement a statewide pilot program to provide interest-free loans to eligible workers. Loans under the program can only be used to assist with the purchase of a primary residence and cannot exceed five percent of a mortgage or $25,000, whichever is less.

To be eligible for the program, individuals must have a household income below 120% of the state median household income and be employed in a permanent, full-time capacity.

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