The Home Builders Association of the Tri-Cities has sent a formal letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, urging him to lift the ban on residential/private construction.

It's been noted during this Stay Home order that public construction projects such as schools or government-related are still going forward, but private and home building is not.   The letter, as described by HBATC Executive Director Jeff Losey, lays out six main points:

  • 1. Home construction can be done safely, just like government funded construction.2. Local Permitting and inspections can be done safely.3. Housing is a major engine of our state economy.4. Halting construction of homes will only exacerbate our current housing crisis.5. Washingtonians are relying on us for homes.6. Vandalism and theft are on the rise in the wake of the shutdown.

That last point is of particular concern, as Police and Deputies are already facing a significant jump in commercial burglaries. With so many 'closed' businesses, authorities are having to add extra patrols and chase down these break ins. Now, vandalism on the rise at silent job sites.

The HBATC represents over 600 companies, and over 8,000 workers involved in the construction industry, with local, state and national officials and representation--fighting for fairness and the health of the building industry.

It's been said the HBATC is like the "Good Housekeeping" or "Consumer Reports" seal of approval for contractors-builders. If they're a member of the HBATC, then they are in pretty good standing and reputation.

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