Lawmakers approve major new housing spending

Oregon, Utah and Washington are among the states that approved funding boosts.
Tents housing people experiencing homelessness are set up on a vacant parking lot in Portland, Ore., Dec. 8, 2020. Oregon lawmakers convened Feb. 5, 2024, for the start of a short legislative session that’s being dominated by homelessness, housing, and plans to overhaul the pioneering drug decriminalization law amid a surge in overdose deaths. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

Lawmakers in several states have approved multi-million dollar housing packages this year, signing off on new funding for low-income housing, housing-related infrastructure, homeless shelters and eviction prevention.

Bringing down housing costs has moved to the top of the agenda in many states as homelessness surges and a growing share of families struggle to pay rent or buy a home.

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