WIN211 Receives First Increase in Funding From Washington State Legislature
Washington Information Network 2-1-1 would like to thank the Washington State Legislature for increasing support for statewide 2-1-1 Information and Referral services in the 2017-2019 State Biennial Operating Budget. Read
The WIN211 Board of Directors, 2-1-1 Call Centers and our partners are truly grateful for the Legislature’s recognition of the value 2-1-1 provides to our families, friends and neighbors, especially during what has been one of the most difficult legislative sessions in recent history. With this support, Washington’s 7.1 million residents will continue to have access to live information and referral specialists and over 17,000 vital services through the statewide 2-1-1 database. Whether it’s housing for Veteran’s, senior meals, children’s programs, family support services, or the location of a local food bank, 2-1-1’s no wrong door access to services will insure that persons receive referral assistance the first time they call.
WIN211 is eternally grateful to Representative Larry Springer for being a long time champion of 2-1-1. Representative Springer sponsored House Bill 2039 and without whom this additional support would have been possible. We would also like to recognize Representative’s: Larry Haler, Bill Jenkin, Norm Johnson, Beth Doglio, Laurie Dolan, Laurie Jinkins, David Sawyer, Eric Pettigrew, Joe Fitzgibbon, Gael Tarleton, June Robinson, and Timm Ormsby, who signed on as co-sponsors to House Bill 2039. In addition, we would like to thank Timm Ormsby, June Robinson, and Pat Sullivan who wrote the House budget, Representative Bruce Chandler for his leadership and Senator’s John Braun and Joe Fain for including funding in the final negotiated budget.
Lastly we would like to thank the many legislators and their staff who worked behind the scenes in support and who voted for the budget.