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Advocates' Legislative Update Calls

During the legislative session we're hosting calls every other week to share updates on what's happening in Olympia and what's needed from advocates. 

Calls happen on alternate Fridays at noon. The next calls will be on April 12 and April 26.

Phone number: 1-866-339-4555

Access code: 2064429455


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. Learn at Lunch features expert guests who explain the issues in a clear and accessible way. And perhaps most importantly, you can access these midday webinars from the comfort of your own home or place of work, as long as you have a computer and Internet access.

 

Understanding Evictions and Fighting Anti-Black Racism with Housing Justice

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Join Dr. Tim Thomas from the University of Washington to hear about how evictions disproportionately impact Black women, reinforce inequitable outcomes in the Black community, and serve as a canary in the mineshaft for dismal housing outcomes across the board.

View webinar recording here.

Webinar slides (introduction and information on current legislative proposals)

Webinar slides from Dr. Tim Thomas

The State of Evictions: Results from the University of Washington Evictions Project


Getting Ready for Advocacy Day 2019: Advocacy 101 & Giving Testimony

Thursday, February 21, 2019 

Get tips about how to be effective at Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, and strengthen your skills in crafting and giving testimony with Legislative Session Policy Analyst John Stovall and the Share Your Truth Campaign. Also, hear about the Housing Funding Package Day of Action on February 21!

View webinar here.

Download slides here.


Legislative District Lead Prep for Advocacy 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Join the Housing Alliance to hear about what to expect in leading your community members in lawmaker meetings at Advocacy Day! A panel of seasoned Legislative District Leads from around the state will share tips and speak on successfully facilitating diverse groups and engaging their lawmakers.

View webinar here.

Download slides here.


Running as a First Time Candidate

Thursday, December 20, 2018

There's no question that our advocacy efforts go further when we elect housing champions to the state legislature, and the Housing Alliance is excited to support more people from our community who are stepping up to run for office. Hear from Representative (and former Housing Alliance board chair) June Robinson about what it's like to run as a first-time candidate, and why it's worth running for office whatever the election outcome. 


Martin v Boise: Challenging Laws that Criminalize Homelessness

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Join the Housing Alliance for an in-depth look at what the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the criminalization of homelessness means for Washington state. Known as Martin v Boise, this ruling may impact the ability of local governments to enforce their current laws that criminalize homelessness. Learn what the ruling means and what it doesn’t mean for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Legal experts Sara Rankin, Associate Professor and Director, Homeless Rights Advocacy Project with Seattle University and Tristia Bauman, Senior Attorney with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty will provide an in-depth analysis for advocates in Washington.

View Webinar Here
Download Slides Here


Election Outcomes and the 2019 Advocacy Landscape

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

After a few weeks to decompress from a high-stakes election season, we will provide an analysis of 2018 state-level election outcomes, and what they mean for the paths forward on our 2019 policy priorities in the state legislature.


Understanding Washington’s New Protection from Source of Income Discrimination

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On September 30th 2018, new statewide protections went into effect that outlaw discrimination against tenants based on their use of income or rental assistance to help pay the rent. The new law also established a mitigation fund which includes some important tenant protections as well. Join this webinar to hear from attorneys Scott Crain and Adam Chromy of Northwest Justice project to get a thorough rundown of the new law. Learn how it protects tenants and how to enforce it, and learn how to fight back if landlords erroneously claim it does not apply to them.

View Webinar Here
Download Slides Here


Announcing Our 2019 Lead Legislative Agenda

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hear from Policy and Advocacy Director Michele Thomas about the legislative items that the Housing Alliance will lead on in 2019 to increase access to affordable homes and rental assistance for people who have short-term and permanent disabilities, and build stronger tenant protections.

View Webinar Here
Download Slides Here


Advancing Your Mission Through Nonpartisan Election Season Activities

Monday, September 17, 2018

Join the Housing Alliance and Jeff DeLuca of the Washington Community Action Partnerships to learn about how 501 c(3) nonprofit organizations can promote voter education and engage with candidates to advance their work. Board advocates and staff that work with organizational volunteers are encouraged to attend.

View Webinar Here
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.


 

2018 Legislative Session Advocates Calls

Every other Friday during the legislative session, all affordable housing and homelessness advocates were invited to join us for a conference call and webinar to hear the latest updates from Olympia! Our policy team reported back on the progress of our lead policy priorities, as well as bills from our partner organizations that we are supporting. 

Listen:

Jan 17: Overview of the Housing Alliance's lead policy agenda and a recap on the first week of the legislative session.
Feb 9: A recap of how the Capital Budget was passed, updates on our other lead priorities, and info on bills from partner organizations we're supporting.
Feb 23: An update on housing bills that survived (or didn't survive) policy and fiscal committee cutoffs. Plus, something to celebrate!

 



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.