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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:17
Hi folks, here’s the agenda for those of you who would like to download it :)
Rachael Myers
01:21
Live transcription: https://otter.ai/v/A6m4KtyhEM9ZfRTFzN0HXIjgxYUw7dGq
EA Klein
02:18
Yes
Caroline Lopez
09:53
Thanks for adding that Emily and John!
Erin McCann
13:27
Yes!
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
13:31
Much better today!
Samatha Anderson
13:32
yup
Joy Stanford
14:50
Anyway for us to get this overview sheet
Amber Johnson
15:28
These documents are located here: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/s/xf7itvtl52xy8mr1ki932tag6nu2wrbs
Joy Stanford
16:15
Thanks Amber
Joy Stanford
18:07
What is OHY?
Rachael Myers
18:27
Office of Homeless Youth
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
18:34
OHY = Office of Homeless Youth and Young Adults
Jesse Perrell
21:19
With the additional criteria, domestic violence is one of the primary vulnerable groups for rent assistance, in the rent assistance program I manage.
Jesse Perrell
21:55
Our program is not dv focused.
Chris Lovings
21:56
Curious about the thoughts behind paying directly to landlords vs. paying directly to tenants
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
23:27
Thank you Commerce for paying so much attention to equity
Joy Stanford
23:49
YES love that equity is a part of this process
My-Linh Thai
23:55
I second Michele!
Sarah Hinman
24:17
Will admin $ be allowed for staff administering this program?
Trudy Soucoup she/her
25:06
Good question Sarah!
Amy Tower
25:12
will this form be available in multiple languages?
Trudy Soucoup she/her
25:20
Second to Michele too
Kathy Kinard
25:21
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/
celia Ponce Sanchez
25:25
what about household that are doubled up as many household that are Hispanic are disqualified due to this criteria.
Maureen Howard
25:34
Thanks for clarity of form - especially self-certification and that this not “public charge”
Derek Lum
26:02
What Amy said is important, related to language
Karen Studders (she/her)
27:00
What about folks who have scraped and borrowed to make rent and are now unemployed and doubled up, are they not eligible?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
27:09
Often DV situations involved the abuser controlling the money, which can result in an eviction
Samatha Anderson
28:16
Considering in 2017 there was 11749 no contact VIOLATIONS and around14000 eveictions
Karen Studders (she/her)
28:35
Tedd, please consider: "What we have been doing for a decade" and "what we know" are/might be the systems that got us in the mess we are currently in.
Amy Tower
28:55
thank you for the multi-language update!
Mallory Van Abbema
29:15
follow up question on rent payments to housing providers instead of directly to tenants. Wouldnt direct payments have the potential to add more burden to tenants who need to verify their landlord will accept the 80% payment and scrap late fees?
Trudy Soucoup she/her
29:29
So, is this encouraging landlords to give a 20 day notice so that tenants can get support?
Mike Parker
29:48
Good question Trudy
Mallory Van Abbema
30:00
also: project-based assistance for existing affordable housing providers- is this being considered?
Maureen Howard
30:11
Does Commerce have any “template” for outreach?
Amy Tower
30:49
email me if you're interested in advocating for good cause protections (eliminating 20-day "no cause" notices!): amyt@tenantsunion.org
Trudy Soucoup she/her
31:01
So the only way for people to get funding assistance is to be taken to court?
Joy Stanford
31:02
Is the process streamlined and efficient? unlike other programs that you need to do a lot of paper work with
Jesse Perrell
31:54
With regard to the dv comment: our program provides emergency rent assistance to households in East King County. By far the largest demographic for households needing rent assistance are single mothers, and in that group, domestic violence in the last 5 years is as much or more of a correlation than past eviction is.
Angie Escoto
32:13
is that 80% of one month's rent?
Derek Lum
32:21
Note for Ted, would you consider making this automatically available to Tier one and Tier two languages
Tedd Kelleher
34:09
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/
Tedd Kelleher
34:24
Location of draft documents for comment:
Tedd Kelleher
34:26
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/
Villette Nolon
36:06
Is this meeting recorded?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
36:29
Hi Villette, yes the meeting is being recorded and the link will be emailed out afterwards
Maureen Howard
39:03
Michele and Emily - Thank you for this information!
Samatha Anderson
39:32
How does this differ than numbers from prior to covid and than prior to the #blacklivesmatter movement resurfacesing?
Samatha Anderson
39:39
ops didn
Samatha Anderson
39:56
Sorry my spelling is horrible
Angela San Filippo
41:14
I don’t see a link to the document Michele referenced, can you provide again?
Maureen Howard
42:19
How often will you update?
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
45:08
Good question, as often as we are able. The information seems to be coming out weekly, so we will strive to keep it up to date. But I think that the monthly information (end of month)will be the most important because the trends really varied during the last month with a high of 176,000 renter households mid month unable to pay which reduced to the 136,000 households near months end.
Samatha Anderson
45:49
How about putting some funding towards helping pay credit accumulated debit for rent only to help preventing those people from only down the road being evicted? IE, help for those who have used a credit card to cover the rent they couldn't afford now or to prevent an eviction. If they can prover that is the only this the credit was used for through supporting documents or the self certification, helping them now pay what they used credit to cover will help ensure that less than 6 months from now they wont be evicted either.
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
47:04
For those who are wanting to look at the agenda again, here it is
Tedd Kelleher
50:36
Based on a quick took of Census data from 2017, about 4.5% of renters did not pay rent over a three month period (pre-pandemic): https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ahs/data/interactive/ahstablecreator.html?s_areas=42660&s_year=2017&s_tablename=TABLES08&s_bygroup1=2&s_bygroup2=1&s_filtergroup1=1&s_filtergroup2=1
Maureen Howard
50:50
Amber - did the $500K from City of Spokane get used? and how quickly?
Amber Johnson
53:26
I also wanted to echo Derek's comments that our tenants need trusted advocates (CHWs/Peers) to walk them through the rental asst process. It's important that those opportunities are truly accessible to all populations and peers/CHW's/navigators can be a key resource.
Maureen Howard
54:30
Does anyone have an Outreach “Plan” - something replicable by platforms, etc? Does it include outreach to property managers? LIHTC units?
Karen Studders (she/her)
55:16
Good question, Maureen!
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
55:30
Hi everyone. I'm about to be sharing some federal updates, and I'll reference a lot of things where there is more information online. So, I'm going to paste a bunch of links right here in the chat box for all of you to use.
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
55:54
Information about the July 21 Virtual Lobby Day: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/LobbyDay_Toolkit.pdf
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
56:22
Contact your members of Congress about high priority housing needs in COVID-19 response: https://nlihc.secure.force.com/actions/TakeActionNew?actionId=AR00928
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
57:04
Is your organization on the sign-on letter requesting passage of the housing aspects of the HEROES Act? Check out the list of signers and the letter text here: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/National_Sign_On_Letter_Full_Asks_6.29.20.pdf
Jesse Perrell
57:16
Ditto with the undocumented households and our rent assistance program.
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
57:34
How about the more narrow sign-on letter that speaks to the need for $100 billion in emergency rental assistance: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/Sign-on_Letter_Emergency_Rental_Assistance_6.29.20.pdf
Maureen Howard
57:50
PPE - are folks stockpiling at least though December?
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
58:04
Add your organization to both letters by filling out this form: https://nlihc.secure.force.com/actions/CapturePetitionNew?actionId=AR00929
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
58:50
Switching topics somewhat, the House released their appropriations bill yesterday for FY21. Here is our initial analysis: https://nlihc.org/resource/house-releases-spending-bill-affordable-housing-and-community-development?utm_source=NLIHC+All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0bd72540b7-update_070820&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e090383b5e-0bd72540b7-291779229&ct=t(update_070820)
Joey Lindstrom (NLIHC)
59:27
An updated housing program-by-program budget chart is available here: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/NLIHC_HUD-USDA_Budget-Chart.pdf?utm_source=NLIHC+All+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0bd72540b7-update_070820&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e090383b5e-0bd72540b7-291779229&ct=t(update_070820)
Maureen Howard
01:01:48
I’m no techie but would “hot spots” bring access for some folks?
Jesse Perrell
01:02:40
Difficult for sure not having libraries open.
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:02:41
Maureen I would think yes if internet access is an issue. Have a lead?
Maureen Howard
01:04:24
I’d go directly to the Gov’s office - I know that adult basic ed teachers in the State of New Mexico all have hot spots as part of their contracts and are using them to “teach” in parking lots, etc. Maybe Commerce has an idea? Could hot spots be easily added to Commerce’s new contracts for the grantees under the $100M?
Caroline Lopez
01:05:30
These links have been added to today’s notes
mark porter
01:06:44
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/
Tedd Kelleher
01:07:09
Commerce is working to deploy free wifi hotspots throughout the state; info here:
Tedd Kelleher
01:07:10
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-state-drive-in-wifi-hotspots-location-finder/
Derek Lum
01:08:09
Joey- I talked with Sen Cantwell's Housing aide yesterday. I find it odd she won't co-sponsor bills that are not her bills. She said she is not against rental assistance and her aide imagines she wouldn't try to stop a rental assistance bill.I found it to be kind of odd experience.
Joy Stanford
01:11:26
Derek or Joey - we need Sen Cantwell's phone number - unacceptable
Maureen Howard
01:12:04
Tedd/Mark - I click on that link and get Winthrop…if I’m a front line worker, I need a really quick and easy way to get or find a hot spot where I am. I think NM uses Verizon. The hot spots are part of state education contracts.
Karen Studders (she/her)
01:12:47
Sadly Senate D's often act like Senate R's. FEAR that Sen McConnell's top priority is holding biz harmless from COVID lawsuits, while biz refuses to provide PPE or sick leave for essential employees.
Derek Lum
01:13:27
She has this thing about the low income housing tax credit as a jobs initiative....
Maureen Howard
01:14:20
Re Cantwell - do we have data on COVID impact on tenants in LILHTC units?
Maureen Howard
01:14:39
LIHTC but you knew that!
Derek Lum
01:15:26
Joey I have a question
Samatha Anderson
01:15:52
graphics work great for social media as well
john alder
01:16:03
send them out to all of us
Rachael Myers
01:16:10
Derek can you drop your question here?
NAJJA E. BROWN
01:19:31
Thanks for this great session. Good information shared.
Jesse Perrell
01:20:17
wrt hot spots: Seattle Public Library (at least when they were open) checked out hot spots for free to anyone with a library card.
Samatha Anderson
01:20:26
thank you for those and that report and today