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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

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call June 24

6/24/2020 Call recording

 
Speakers: 


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY

State Advocacy:

Federal Advocacy:

Resources:

If your landlord is trying or threatening to evict you between now and August 2nd, 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 June 10

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call June 10

Speakers:


TAKE ACTION TODAY! 

State Advocacy:

  • 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
  • Next, email or Tweet at the Governor (@GovInslee, @WAStateGov) to THANK HIM FOR EXTENDING THE EVICTION MORATORIUM!
     

Federal Advocacy:

Resources:

 

If your landlord is trying or threatening to evict you between now and August 2nd, 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 June 3

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call June 3

6/03/2020 call recording

Speakers:

 

TAKE ACTION TODAY: 

State Advocacy:

  • Sign this petition in support of our 12 requests to Governor Inslee and share it with at least 10 people in your networks! Read the full letter here.
  • Once you've signed the letter, email or Tweet at the Governor (@GovInslee, @WAStateGov) to thank him for extending the eviction moratorium FOR 60 DAYS!

Federal Advocacy:

Resources:

We Stand In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

We, at the Housing Alliance, stand in solidarity with the people and movements across our country and across the world, demanding justice for the murder of George Floyd. We are heartbroken and outraged about the devaluing of Black lives that led to the killing of so many Black people at the hands of police and white supremacists, including Mr. Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Charleena Lyles, and countless others. 

We recognize that white supremacy and systemic racism that are so rampant in our country have created racist policies that allow these killings to happen. And we understand that these same structures create the racist policies that cause Black people to experience homelessness, evictions, and housing instability at disproportionate rates. 

Achieving our mission requires us to fight for equity and racial justice in the housing system and do everything we can to dismantle racism more broadly. We recommit to this work and pledge to be better allies in the broader movement for racial justice. To start, we join Black Lives Matter in calling for a redistribution of resources, away from police and toward investments in the health and prosperity of our communities: #DefundThePolice

We encourage our community of supporters to join us in committing to becoming actively anti-racist in word and in action. As Dr. Ibram X. Kendi says: “…there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not-racist.” It is “anti-racist.””  

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some ways you can take action:

Recommended readings:

We recognize that this statement is insufficient, and we will work to do more and do it better. In addition to the invitation to join us in solidarity, we also invite you to hold us accountable to this commitment.

In solidarity,

Allyson, Caroline, Emily, Itzchel, Jamala, John, Kiki, Ly, Michele, Rachael, and Teresa

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call May 27

 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call May 27

Link to the 5/27/2020 call recording.

 

Speakers on the 5/27/2020:   
Sara Rankin, Seattle University: rankins@seattleu.edu
Tristia Bauman, National Law Center on Poverty and Homelessness: tbauman@nlchp.org
Katara Jordan, Building Changes: katara.jordan@buildingchanges.org
Tedd Kelleher, Dept. of Commerce: tedd.kelleher@commerce.wa.gov

 

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 

State Advocacy:

Sign on to our organizational sign-on letter to Gov. Inslee! Read our full letter here

Once you've done that, sign this individual petition and share it with at least 10 people in your networks! Once you've signed the letters, use Twitter to call on the Governor (@GovInslee, @WAStateGov) to take action and help Washington residents stay housed, healthy, and safe! Just use the hashtags #WeNeedMoreTime and or #ExtendEvictionBan.
 

Federal Advocacy:

 

Resources:

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