Blogs

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call September 16

09/16/2020 COVID-19 Stakeholders call recording.

Speakers:

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

State Advocacy:

  • Get people inside now - With wildfires burning all over the west coast and air quality reaching hazardous levels in Washington -- on TOP of a global pandemic with respiratory impacts -- it is absolutely essential that Governor Inslee immediately deploy resources to get everybody inside NOW to protect their safety and health. Contact Governor Inslee via email to demand that he act urgently!
  • Connect Washington - The Connect Washington Coalition has launched a petition to close the digital divide and end digital inequities for Washington families. You may recall Sharonne Navas from the Equity in Education Coalition spoke at length about these efforts on our last call, and they have a specific ask of all of us -- sign this petition! You can also read more about their asks and some background in the PDF attached.

Federal Advocacy:

  • Send an email urging your Members of Congress to resume negotiations to ensure that we don't see a massive increase in homelessness during COVID-19. On the page there's an advocacy toolkit, story collection tool, and more. Take action here!
  • Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! The deadline for comments is Sept. 22nd, so don't delay.

Resources:

A message from Kirsten Jewell: Everyone should please be aware that the US Census is doing their unsheltered outreach on September 22 - 24. In most cases, they are doing a simple headcount in encampments - but this will be from 7pm - 7am.  If you work with people in encampments, please let them know that this is happening and the importance of the census - to improve safety for everyone.

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call September 2

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call September 2

 

Speakers:

 

ADVOCACY ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY: 


Federal:

  • Keep up the federal advocacy! Send an email urging your Members of Congress to resume negotiations to ensure that we don't see a massive increase in homelessness during COVID-19. On the page there's an advocacy toolkit, story collection tool, and more. Take action here
  • Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 

 

Resources from the 9-2 Call:

  • If your landlord is trying or threatening to evict you between now and October 15th, that is illegal in most cases, and the Attorney General's office is enforcing this. You can file a legal complaint with the AG here. And here is the link to the form in Spanish

 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call August 19

 

REGISTER FOR THE NEXT CALL *IN TWO WEEKS* (Sept 2) HERE!

Speakers:

      Tedd Kelleher, Dept of Commerce 

      Tristia Bauman, National Homelessness Law Center 

      Cruze Thompson, Rural Resources 

      Cassie Lentz, Grays Harbor County 

      Joey Lindstrom,National Low Income Housing Coalition 


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

Federal Advocacy:

  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition released an action page this week urging Members of Congress to resume negotiations to ensure that we don't see a massive increase in homelessness during COVID-19. On the page there's an advocacy toolkit, story collection tool, and more. Take action here!
  • Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 
  • Influence our 2021 State Legislative Agenda: Please take our Public Policy Survey which influences our 2021 legislative agenda. Tell us what you are seeing in your community regarding housing and homelessness. The deadline is 5pm on August 31st, so don't hesitate! 

 

Resources:

Register for the Virtual Conference on Ending Homelessness, Oct. 7-8!
Read the recent report from NLIHC, Evictionlab, COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project and Aspen Institute, outlining the eviction crisis ahead of us. This is an important source to cite when talking to lawmakers.
 

Some great resources from Tristia Bauman, National Homelessness Law Center: 


 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call August 12

08/12/2020 Call recording

Speakers:

Federal Advocacy!

Take action by contacting your Members of Congress and tell them that the Senate proposal is unacceptable and that Congress must pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act!

Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 

Resources from the 8-12 Call

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call August 5

08/05/2020 Call recording

 

Speakers:


 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 


Federal Advocacy:

Take action by contacting your Members of Congress and tell them that the Senate proposal is unacceptable and that Congress must pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act! You can take action here

 

Here are some notes and materials from NLIHC:

Resources from the 8-5 call

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 31

07/29/2020 Call recording

Speakers:

      Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce 

      Meghan Maury, National LGBTQ Taskforce

      Kevin Solarte, National Innovation Service 

      Lisa Byers,  Opal Community Land Trust 

      Joey Lindstrom, National Low Income Housing Coalition


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

Federal Advocacy:

  • Take action by contacting your Members of Congress and tell them that the Senate proposal is unacceptable and that Congress must pass the essential housing provisions of the HEROES Act! You can take action here

  • Submit a comment on HUD's harmful proposed rule removing anti-discrimination protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. You can take action by submitting a comment via the #HousingSavesLives action page, and the National LGBTQ Taskforce has created a Partner Toolkit to assist you! 

 

Resources:

  • Visit the Housing Saves Lives campaign website to learn how to oppose HUD's harmful proposed rule rolling back protections for trans and nonbinary people experiencing homelessness. 

 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 22

 
 
 
Speakers:
      Kathy Kinard, Dept. of Commerce 
      Daniel Malone, DESC 
      Melissa Baker, Council for the Homeless 
      Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
 
During Michele's presentation on determining our legislative priorities and advocacy for the coming year, she mentioned several ways to get further involved with the Housing Alliance. If you are interested in any of them, please send an email to the appropriate contact to learn more!
 
  • Resident Action Project - The Resident Action Project is a statewide network in Washington led by people who have experienced housing injustice. To get involved, contact Kiki Serantes.  
  • Legislative District Leads Program - Represent your state legislative district, build a base of advocates, strengthen your advocacy skills, and develop relationships with your lawmakers. Contact John Stovall.
  • Board Advocacy Project - As a board member or ED, take steps to infuse public policy advocacy into your organization's mission and work. Contact John Stovall.   
  • Public Policy Committee - Get involved in the agenda setting and advocacy process with the Housing Alliance. Open to Housing Alliance members only. Contact Michele Thomas.

 
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

State Advocacy!
  • Email Gov. Inslee to extend the eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021! We all need to act now on this.
  • Are you a board member, or do you work for a nonprofit organization? Join our Board Advocacy campaign and have your board pass a resolution in support of progressive revenue! Interested? Click here
  • The Housing Alliance is looking for people to send letters to the editor to your local newspaper. We have templates! If you are interested, please fill out this form and I'll follow up with you. 
Federal Advocacy!
  • Email or call your Members of Congress this week! Do it multiple times! Then tweet at them. Congress has reconvened, and the Senate will be proposing its version of a relief package soon, in response to the House's HEROES Act. From there, negotiations will ensue, and we need every single member of Washington's delegation to know that housing is the number one priority to focus on in this next package. TAKE ACTION HERE!

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 15

 

 

Speakers:


 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

State Advocacy:

  • Email Gov. Inslee to extend the eviction moratorium through March 31, 2021! We all need to act now on this.
  • Are you a board member, or do you work for a nonprofit organization? Join our Board Advocacy campaign and have your board pass a resolution in support of progressive revenue! Interested? Click here
  • The Housing Alliance is looking for people to send letters to the editor to your local newspaper. We have templates! If you are interested, please fill out this form and I'll follow up with you. 

Federal Advocacy:

  • Participate in NLIHC's Virtual Lobby Day Tuesday, July 21st! You can either meet with your members of Congress, help mobilize and share an action alert, or use social media to contact your lawmakers! To get plugged in, click here to sign up
  • Here is the Lobby Day Toolkit provided by the National Low Income Housing Coalition

Resources from the 7-15 Call

  • The Dept. of Commerce couldn't join us for last week's call, but they asked us to share this update: "We will be extending the COVID county grants to the end of December but amending the statement of work with tighter guidelines around uses for I&Q housing and expanded shelter capacity. We will be making the formal announcement the last week of July, after we launch the Eviction Assistance Rental Program (ERAP)."
  • See attached for our updated report on missed rent payments for the month of June
  • Learn more about the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network's work.
  • Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network Hotline: 1-844-724-3737
  • WAISN also has a rent relief fund you can donate to! 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 8

07/08/2020 Call recording

 

Speakers:

Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce 

Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 

Derek Lum, 43rd InterIm CDA 

Amber Johnson, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) 

Lowel Krueger, Yakima Housing Authority 

Terri Anderson, Tenants Union of Washington 

 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

State Advocacy:

Submit your comments on the state's rental assistance proposal by 12pm on Monday, July 13th!

Are you a board member, or do you work for a nonprofit organization? Join our Board Advocacy campaign and have your board pass a resolution in support of progressive revenue! Interested? Click here

The Housing Alliance is looking for people to send letters to the editor to your local newspaper. We have templates! If you are interested, please fill out this form and John Stovall follow up with you. 

 

Federal Advocacy Requests:

Contact your members of Congress about high priority housing needs in COVID-19 response

Have your organization sign these two NLIHC letters. One is focused on 100B for rent assistance, and one is focused on all housing provisions in the HEROES Act. You can sign on to one or both. 

 

Resources:

  • The Dept. of Commerce State Rental Assistance Proposal public comment deadline is at 12pm on Monday, July 13th. Read the documents and provide comment here!

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 1

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call July 1

 

Speakers:

      Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce 
      Scott Crain, Northwest Justice Project 
      Rep. Nicole Macri, 43rd Legislative District 
      Maureen Howard, Pierce County Advocate 
      Marc Dones, National Innovation Service 


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY 


State Advocacy:

  • Are you a board member, or do you work for a nonprofit organization? Join our Board Advocacy campaign and have your board pass a resolution in support of progressive revenue! Interested? Click here
  • Take action and email your state lawmakers and the Governor, requesting they: make no cuts to homelessness and safety net programs, invest deeply in rental assistance, and enact progressive revenue! Take Action Here.
  • The Housing Alliance is looking for people to send letters to the editor to your local newspaper. We have templates! If you are interested, please fill out this form and I'll follow up with you. 

 

Federal Advocacy:

  • Senate Republican leadership is still holding up negotiations about the next coronavirus relief package. House passed HR 7301 Monday – housing provisions of HEROES Act—to pressure Senate Republicans to negotiate.
  • Congress is going on recess for two weeks starting Friday 7/3. After that they’ll be back in the districts – a good time to reach out because their schedules won’t be as full of events as they usually are during recess. It’s likely that they’ll be negotiating package when they’re back in last two weeks of July.
  • Still urging Cantwell to co-sponsor emergency rent relief and rental market stabilization act. She is one of 6 Democratic senators not signed on although she has said she is supportive.

 

Take Action:
 

1. Keep emailing members of congress and ask them to support Emergency Rental Assistance & Rental Market Stabilization Act.
 

2. Have your organization sign these two NLIHC letters. One is focused on 100B for rent assistance, and one is focused on all housing provisions in the HEROES Act. You can sign on to one or both. You can also read the letters and see, state by state, what other organizations have signed on.

Resources:

  • Handout on the Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness's Seattle Credit Union accounts for people experiencing homelessness, shared by Maureen Howard

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - blogs