Tenants rights

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 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:

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:

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 05/20/2020

 
Speakers on the 5/20/20 Call:
  
 
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TODAY! 
  • Send an email to thank your Congress members for sponsoring the Emergency Rental Assistance & Rental Market Stabilization Act! For those who did not sponsor, please ask them to sign on or publicly support the housing and homelessness provisions now included in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act!
 
  • Sign NLIHC's Letter urging Congress to Include $100B in Emergency Rental Assistance in Next Coronavirus Relief Package.
 
 
Resources from the 5/20/20 Call
 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 05/06/2020

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 05/06/2020
 
Speakers on 5/06/2020 Call
 
 
Please click the above link to contact your members of Congress today and ask them to ensure that the next stimulus package includes:
 
  • $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding. This combined with the $4 billion previously provided in the CARES Act will reach the funding level needed to expand access to emergency shelter, short-term rental assistance, and housing stabilization services;
  • $100 billion in rental assistance to keep people housed and ensure landlords, including low-income housing providers, have the income they need to continue to operate;
  • $8.5 billion to ensure that public housing authorities can continue to operate at full capacity;
  • A uniform, national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures;
  • Resources for housing counselors and legal services to help renters and homeowners stay housed; and a requirement that local communities follow guidance by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and institute a moratorium on homeless encampment sweeps.
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Resources from 05/06/2020
As always, several resources were highlighted in the chat that are worth uplifting: 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 4/22/2020

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 4/22/2020

Here is a link to the 4/22/2020 recording

 

Speakers from 4/22/2020:

  

Action Alert: Take action today and email your members of congress!

Ask them to ensure that the next stimulus package includes:

  • $11.5 billion in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding. This combined with the $4 billion previously provided in the CARES Act will reach the funding level needed to expand access to emergency shelter, short-term rental assistance, and housing stabilization services;
  • A uniform, national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures; and
  • $100 billion in rental assistance to keep people housed and ensure landlords, including low-income housing providers, have the income they need to continue to operate.

 

Resources Highlighted: 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 4/08/2020

Resources for Weekly COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Call - 04/08/2020

Here is a link to the recording of the 4/08/2020 call.

 

Speakers 04/08/2020

 

Tracking Federal Funding:  Here is a link to Denny Heck's bill, providing $100B for emergency rental assistance. 

Action Alert: Take action in support of this bill here

 

Resources Highlighted: 

COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Provider Stakeholder Call 3/25/2020

Weekly COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Call - 03/25/2020

3-25-20 COVID-19 Call Recording

 

Speakers:

 As we continue to elevate the need and build the case for extending the eviction moratorium and appropriating rental assistance funding at the state and national level, we will need data and stories to present as evidence (even when to us the need is already clear). If you track data at your organization, or if you would like to help people share their stories, please connect with me ASAP at johns@wliha.org.

 

Executive Director Statement on Partnership for Affordable Housing

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January 8, 2020

 

Greetings,

 

We know that some of our members and allies are being contacted and invited to sign on to a newly formed group called Partnership for Affordable Housing. The group is primarily made up of realtors, landlord lobby groups, bankers, business groups, and several construction unions.

 

They are describing themselves as an affordable housing coalition and incorporating language supporting things we all know are needed like rental subsidies and funding for the Housing Trust Fund. While we welcome support for these efforts, the real point of this coalition is to oppose any legislative efforts aimed at stabilizing rents.

 

The Housing Alliance encourages you to decline any invitation to join this coalition. By being a part of the Housing Alliance and/or your local housing consortium, you are already part of a powerful affordable housing coalition grounded in the values of expanding opportunity to affordable homes and ending homelessness. Even if this group shared these values, new groups like this don’t generally add value, but they do confuse and dilute our message.

 

The Housing Alliance believes that we should look to what Oregon and California have passed recently and consider legislation in Washington that places reasonable limits on rent increases. And we believe this should be combined with investments in housing that is affordable to low income people and eliminating barriers to housing production.

 

Partnership for Affordable Housing is fundamentally an anti-rent control lobbying and communications effort, not a welcome or needed partner.

 

For some thoughtful discussions on rent stabilization / rent control see:

 

Crosscut:

Who's Afraid of Rent Control

 

The Stranger:

The Need for Rent Control

The Case Against Rent Control

What Washington Can Learn From Rent Control Victories in Oregon and California

 

 

Rachael Meyers

Executive Director

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

"Three Days Is Not Enough" - Landlords Support Eviction Reform

Tara Nelson manages eight rental properties in northwest Washington, using the income to provide in-home support for an elderly parent.  Tara supports HB1453/SB5600, which will reform the eviction process to increase the amount of time a tenant has to pay the rent.

 

Last year, I rented to a 20-year acquaintance of mine in Mount Vernon, “Matt,” a single dad with two young kids. He was managing a restaurant at the time and had a decent income. But when the restaurant closed, the owners gave him very little notice. He fell late on his rent. 

 

My property manager wanted to immediately serve him with a three-day pay or vacate notice. I felt that three days was far too little to give someone to pick themselves back up. He could have ended up homeless, living with his small kids in a vehicle. Matt has no family in the area. His one remaining relative lives in New Hampshire.

 

Matt went to a local agency for help, but he was ineligible for assistance. They would provide one month’s rent to a person facing eviction - but only up to $500. And determining eligibility takes much longer than three days.

 

So I told my property manager to hold off. The next month, Matt found a job as a kitchen manager at another restaurant. He’s back to making regular payments and arranged with my property manager to pay additional installments for the amount past due.

 

Three days is not enough time to turn your life around after a crisis like losing your job.  Evictions for nonpayment of rent are a leading cause of homelessness in Washington State. The Seattle Times recently covered the story of a Seattle tenant who is facing eviction over $2Being homeless is incredibly destabilizing and shifts a person’s focus away from finding a job to finding housing. 

 

Landlords are private property owners, but we are doing business in a social arena.  There are ethical guidelines we should adhere to.  It’s the same reason one can’t open a store and only sell products to white people.  As a lifelong renter myself, it’s important to me to be fair and equitable in the way we treat our tenants. While it is an important source of income for my family (without it my dad would be in a nursing home), it’s also other peoples’ lives that I am dealing in. 

 

Luckily, a pair of bills in Olympia will give tenants a longer period to pay back rent, while still preserving landlord rights. House Bill 1453 and Senate Bill 5600 will reform the evictions process statewide, extending tenants’ notice to 14 days. A fair process for both parties – landlords and tenants – helps keep people stable and working, and keeps families together.

 

 

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