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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Rachael Myers
03:29
https://www.wliha.org/blog/we-stand-solidarity-black-lives-matter
Michele Thomas
06:11
We encourage everyone who hasn’t already seen it to take some time to watch the NLIHC’s interview with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on racial just in the time of COVID-19. The recording can be found here: https://nlihc.org/resource/dr-ibram-kendi-joins-nlihcs-diane-yentel-discuss-racial-justice-time-covid-19
Maureen Collins
06:42
Okanogan county
Wanda Johns
09:21
I would ask the tax code not unduly tax the poorest among us
Alison Eisinger
11:41
Keep the beard, Tedd!
Rachael Myers
12:05
If you have questions for Commerce, please share in chat.
Jessica Lea
13:28
Households is scarier, because that can be anything from a single person to a family of 5 or more
Kathy Lambert
14:53
Getting businesses open asap will make a difference
Alice Lockhart
15:30
link for that?
Dawn Vyvyan
15:50
Can you share a link to this proposal on the Shelter Program?
maureenhoward
15:54
Are you getting comments on the Shelter grant proposal?
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
16:30
Is there any opportunity through the shelter grant or otherwise through Commerce to use Commerce $ to purchase buildings?
Mike Parker
16:32
given budget considerations, do you have any advice for communities on using funding in the best possible way for SHORT term if that is the case?
Kathy Lambert
17:35
How can we bring assistance into landlords so they can afford to keep their property? The conversation yesterday showed that we need to work together in partnership.
Jessica Simon
18:14
Commerce is opening a comment period on the proposed state funded shelter program design, you can find the overview here: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/hau-shelter-grant-request-for-stakeholder-feedback-5.26.20.pdf
Kathy Lambert
18:52
What is the closing date to apply for the grants?
Mike Parker
18:53
yes
Sally Perkins
19:05
In Phase 2, do counties have to provide preventive supplies (like sanitizer and masks) and resources (like hand-washing stations) for unsheltered people who are gathering in public but are not living in shelter?
Kathy Kinard
23:28
Commerce's goal is that Shelter Grant applicants have about 4 weeks to respond, so mid July.
Christina Wong
25:43
And I can stay on for a bit to answer questions after Claire leaves.
Amanda Polley
26:31
Did sound cut out for anyone else?
Joanne Pelant
26:43
lost sound
Chyvonna Torres
26:46
Unable to hear
Mike Parker
26:58
sound ok here
Maureen Collins
27:00
hmm..i still have sound
Savannah Sly (they)
28:07
Clarification...can undocumented people get access to Pandemic EBT?
Christina Wong
28:29
Yes-- if they have applied for school meals for their children.
Savannah Sly (they)
28:36
Thanks
Maureen Collins
29:15
How do we access those applications?
Kathy Fleming
29:30
Can we get a link to all of the details of this program?
liz Trautman
29:56
can an unaccompanied youth apply directly, or only parent/legal guardian?
Karen Studders
30:43
Excellent succinct summary. Thank you!
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
31:09
What about kids who were not enrolled in school?
Christina Wong
33:17
christinaw@northwestharvest.org
Christina Wong
33:46
I'll post a general description about P-EBT for use now but P-EBT looks different in every state so this is more to explain what P-EBT is but not how it will work in WA.
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
33:51
Thanks, Claire. For King County folks, we'll be having an update on Pandemic EBT at the Coalition's General Membership meeting on June 18 9-11 a.m. with either Christina Wong or Claire Lane giving the latest information!
Amanda Polley
33:56
That's great news!
Megan Veith
34:27
Thanks, Claire and Christina! Very helpful!
Terrie Yaffe
34:34
Claire, all helpful to know in advance
Christina Wong
35:06
From FRAC: basic FAQ about P-EBT , but again, not WA specific https://frac.org/pebt
Christina Wong
35:10
Thanks all!
Dawn Vyvyan
36:18
Can Clair share her contact? I have questions about Pre-School eligibility.
Savannah Sly (they)
36:23
5% of the budget goes to prisons and policing? Is that right?
Cynthia Stewart
36:40
5% of state budget; 75% of local budgets
Savannah Sly (they)
36:49
Ok, thank you!
Theresa Slusher
37:20
thank you Cynthia!
Karen Studders
37:34
In addition, all local units of government (counties and municipalities) spend significant portions of their budges on jails and police.
Tedd Kelleher
37:55
To comment on shelter funding proposal from Commerce:
Tedd Kelleher
37:56
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/office-of-family-and-adult-homelessness/
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
38:43
It's profound that we asked Gov. Inslee for support from National Guard (through many channels, including our county's Emergency Operations Center) to assist with staffing for shelters and other homeless services. This was refused for months, yet 200 NG troops were sent with full military gear to respond to peaceful demonstrations.
Housing Alliance
39:13
Profound indeed, Alison
Michele Thomas
40:35
Excellent point Alison
Edith Godinez
41:25
Alison I didn't even realized that. So sad, thanks for pointing that out.
Sally Perkins
42:08
and it's our tax dollars "at work"
Sally Perkins
43:07
When your local elected officials say that "public safety" is a critical function that cannot be reduced in budget cuts...ask, "public safety for whom?"
Corina Yballa
44:43
^^^ yes
Savannah Sly (they)
45:32
Thanks Misha!
Cynthia Stewart
45:41
The only reason public safety costs are so high is that they are 24/7 staffing.
Karen Studders
45:48
And our most regressive tax system shows WA values: wealthy people here matter. Poor people pay 7 times more than wealthy in taxes in Washington State. Thank you for sharing the data from our response to 2008 recession. We have an opportunity to change this moving forward and treat ALL people equitably. We have enough wealth here. Question is Do we have the political will to right the injustices we have created in our state?
Elizabeth Maupin
46:15
What about a state income tax to replace the regressive taxes?
Misha Werschkul
47:12
https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/states-grappling-with-hit-to-tax-collections
Savannah Sly (they)
47:31
We need to also remove unnecessary criminal debt from people's lives - Example: We need to stop suspending the licenses of people who are unable to pay traffic tickets for non-dangerous driving offences. Many courts rely on this predatory behavior to squeeze money out of low income people
Michele Thomas
47:56
Thank you Misha!!
Marliza Melzer
47:59
Washington State has 7.6 million residents. According to CDC roughly 22,000 have tested positive and we have had just over 1,100 total deaths. AND, we know that the death numbers have been inflated. Given those stats, I'm wondering why our state is perpetuating a sense of crisis when state actions are doing more harm , overall, than the harm caused by COVID?
Rachael Myers
48:54
bit.ly/rentreliefnow
maureenhoward
49:10
Has Sen. Cantwell signed on?
Misha Werschkul
49:50
Savannah's point is really important. Last recession the official policy of the state was to try to find ways to fund things through fines and fees. We see the impact now with many inequitable fines and fees in place.
Savannah Sly (they)
50:54
If anyone is interested in learning more about reforming legal financial obligations related to drivers license suspensions, drop a line: ssly@aclu-wa.org
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
50:57
Marliza, short answer is that the covid crisis was not as deadly because of the quarantine measures.
Cynthia Stewart
50:59
Can we get link to those poll numbers? Can't track when you discuss it so quickly.
Rachael Myers
51:48
https://www.opportunityhome.org/poll-the-public-highly-concerned-about-housing-instability-during-covid-19-expects-major-action-from-congress/
Cynthia Stewart
52:01
Thank you!
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
52:27
Actually, all data points to the fact that deaths due to COVID19 are very likely under-counted right now. It is troubling to see someone suggest otherwise.
Lori Wheat
53:35
^^^Yes
Karen Studders
53:51
Agree Alison. And the wealthy have access to tests whereas very few front line essential workers have access to tests or sick leave.
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
54:41
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=w21JOKsxXkiwtHn-0hx8aPk-ej7k6qRMqLpI6pFYXcNUNVhPTzJSQUg3OVRFUkRMWklGRDBRSEpNNSQlQCN0PWcu&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=682ced76-58b0-46d1-ab11-ba18423dfa42
Michele Thomas
55:31
https://bit.ly/3cz5Y41
Karen Studders
55:36
Farm workers in Yakima County are an excellent example...we have one of the largest outbreaks in the West Coast and workers dont have access to tests for COVID.
Megan Veith
56:42
The DOH COVID-19 is definitely an undercount. I believe they even say that on their data dashboard.
Megan Veith
56:55
*data
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
57:50
Sorry here’s a better link to get connected with us about sending a letter to the editor - https://bit.ly/300ao1s
Esther Magasis
58:19
Thank you, Karen - I was going to reference the same thing. Front line essential workers are much more likely to contract COVID, due to their inability to stay home or control their environment in a workplace. COVID is absolutely disproportionately impacting low-income people.
john alder
58:53
12month to repay plan
maureenhoward
58:54
Are unsheltered people in encampments being tested anywhere in the state?
Esther Magasis
01:01:52
Yakima Neighborhood Health Services' testing has included people experiencing homelessness. They have outreach teams continuing to go out to known encampments to connect and check in with individuals living there. I don't know specifically which individuals have been tested so far, but I'm assuming that tests have been made available to anyone they've met during their outreach who needs them.
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
01:01:56
Yes, Maureen, there has been a good bit of testing in Seattle and in King County offered to people without shelters - though there is understandable fear and skepticism of both testing and what happens after testing that affects people's willingness to be tested, to go to I&Q. Related, sweeping people in a pandemic has a terribly suppressive effect on people's willingness to be tested, on our ability to locate them for testing or to share results, and indeed separates people from care, as you and we (and the CDC) well understand.
Sally Perkins
01:03:31
Maureen, it would be helpful to pin down Tacoma and Pierce County on what their testing has been for unsheltered people living in encampments as well as living individually or in smaller groups. People are sleeping in doorways, on staircases, etc. It's really awful for them.
Megan Veith
01:04:10
Thank you, WLIHA!!
Catherine Hinrichsen
01:04:20
Thank you!
Alison Eisinger, Coalition on Homelessness
01:04:20
Thanks, folks.