By Mary Murphy Aspen Anderson
Washington State Journal 

Hundreds rally in Olympia for rent caps and affordable housing


February 8, 2024

Mary Murphy | Washington State Journal

Protestors gather at the top of the Capitol's North steps, among them Vancouver residents Jeremy Hopkins of SeaMar Community Health Services and Duana Johnson from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

As budget negotiations begin in the state Legislature, calls for action on affordable housing and rent caps from the annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day are expected to ring in the ears of lawmakers.

Hundreds of unhoused individuals, members of non-profit organizations and advocacy groups gathered late last month to urge lawmakers to do something about the high cost of housing.

Cheyonna Lewis, a single mother of three, sat on the steps of the Capitol with her youngest son in late January. Lewis was homelessness previously and currently is on the brink again.

When one of her son...

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