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SEATTLE MEDIUM: Gov. Inslee Signs Bill To Remedy Discrimination In Housing

Photo Courtesy of Elect Jamila Taylor

On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 1474, sponsored by Rep. Jamila Taylor, which creates a covenant homeownership account and program to address the history of housing discrimination due to racially restrictive real estate covenants in Washington state.

The program will provide down payment and closing cost assistance to groups of people identified in a covenant homeownership program study. According to advocates, the establishment of such an account and program will help thousands of people achieve homeownership and help remedy the well-documented past practices of discrimination in the real estate industry in Washington state.

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