Currently we have an 18% deficit in available homes and the counselors who help families that are struggling are not being compensated for travel. If we do not step up in a real way, not only does this affect the quality of life for our young ones, but it also ends up costing MORE money.
Currently, kids are staying in hotels. And without a good family environment, kids are more susceptible to dropping out of school, incarceration, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and becoming victims of sex traffickers. Not only do we have a duties to help WA families grow string and protect our kids, our neglect costs the state more in collateral damage.
It’s not just an investment in kids; it’s an investment in a better life for Washington families.