Today I had the opportunity to tour some tiny homes being built as an option for housing our homeless citizens. While on tour of the Workforce Board’s Career and Technical Education Showcase of Skills event, I saw impressive work by our students from 19 Washington schools.

The goal of the competition was to build the best tiny house that could be used to help communities support their homeless populations. These structures are sturdy and energy-efficient buildings which can be moved to different communities after the competition. The guidelines for building these unique homes was that they had to be less than 100 square feet and designed for shared communities with central buildings that provide communal bathrooms and cooking areas.

I’m working hard to support innovation grants within this area in the Senate Capital Budget. I expect some of these grants will be available to the communities of our state in order to help with housing.