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Learn at Lunch Webinars

Our Learn at Lunch webinars are opportunities to deepen your understanding of our State Legislative Agenda and Federal Legislative Policy Issues. We bring in policy experts who are able to explain the issues in a clear and accessible way. And perhaps most importantly, you can access these noontime webinars from the comfort of your own home or place of work, as long as you have a computer and Internet access.

Check back soon for our next Learn at Lunch series. Catch up on webinars from the 2017 legislative session below.

Overview of the Legislative Process

Feb 1, Noon - 1pm

Presenter: Kate Baber, Policy and Advocacy Specialist, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Join Kate for an inside look at how our budget and policy priorities advance through the legislative process. Learn why we take action when we do, and how to take advantage of the tools on the state legislature’s website to track bill progress and more.

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Raising Revenue in Washington

Feb 8, Noon-1pm

Presenters: Sumayyah Waheed, Director, All in For WA, and Kelli Smith, Fiscal Policy Associate, Washington State Budget & Policy Center

As lawmakers debate how to adequately invest in schools, what are the options that support not just schools but housing, clean air, and all the foundations of a thriving state? Kelli Smith and Sumayyah Waheed from the Washington State Budget & Policy Center will share proposals to clean up the tax code so that we have more resources to invest in all Washington communities. 

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Federal Policy Update

Feb 22, Noon – 1pm

Presenters: Sarah Mickelson, Director of Policy, and Joseph Lindstrom, Senior Organizer for Housing Advocacy, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Join us to learn more about threats to federal affordable housing programs and how you can help protect these critical resources. Sarah and Joey from the National Low Income Housing Coalition will give an update on where things stand in Congress and how you can make a difference.

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After Cutoff

Mar 15, Noon - 1pm

Presenter: Michele Thomas, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

March 8 is the deadline for bills to be voted out of their house of origin, AKA cutoff. Join Michele after cutoff for a rundown of which housing and homelessness bills are dead, which are still alive, and what to expect for the remainder of the legislative session.

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Left, Right, and Center: Advocating Effectively Across the Political Spectrum

March 29, Noon-1pm

Presenters: Kate Baber, Homelessness Policy and Advocacy Specialist

Kate explains strategies for advocating effectively with elected officials at the state level, whether those officials agree or disagree with you on any given issue.

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Special Session Advocacy

May 4, 2017 Noon-1pm

Presenters: Dimitri Groce, and Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

Dimitiri and Michele review the awesome advocacy work from the regular legislative sessioin, give an overview where housing and homelessness priorities are in Olympia, and tell you how to be the most effective advocate during special session(s).

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Download Slides Here

Pro tip: Interested in a topic but not available at the time of the webinar? Register anyway and you’ll receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar after it’s over!

For more Learn at Lunch webinar archives, click here.

Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness

Pervasive myths and stereotypes about chronic homelessness have led to the pursuit of 'solutions' - like criminalization - that only exacerbate the problem and lead to more human suffering. That's why we created the Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness. You can access the toolkit in its entirety, or download individual sections and fact sheets here




Medicaid Academy

At the 2016 Conference on Ending Homelessness in Spokane, WA, the Housing Alliance held a day-long training to understand Washington's new Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. 

The pre-conference Medicaid training was intended to provide permanent supportive housing providers and those interested in serving this population with information about the new supportive housing services Medicaid benefit. The training provided background information about the Medicaid program and 1115 waivers, information about what supportive housing services CMS would likely approve to be covered by the new benefit, which Medicaid beneficiaries would be eligible, and what steps your agency needs to take in order to utilize this exciting new opportunity.

Find the program information page here, packed with materials and background information on the new Medicaid benefit.