Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
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Todd - timeline for changes in Consolidated Homeless Grants?
Is there a link to the LIHI rental assistance that can be shared out? Thank you!
Anybody know of any funds for mortgage assistance?
Wow great news on LIHEAP!
That LIHEAP amount again was $1250?
Diane, that's great LIHEAP news - can you please detail eligibility, and how people can apply.
Will the LIHEAP funding continue to require 14-day pay or vacate notices to qualify?
Did LIHEAP funds increase or same allocation with expanded use to rent assistance?
Michael I believe Diane said up to $1000
Will this be lottery type, or does everyone who qualifies receive assistance?
Is there an idea of how much total funds are available vs the amount of need?
Thank you, Commerce for removing the requirement of the 14-day notices from the LIHEAP eligibility!!! It was a huge barrier for many households in need to access the rental assistance funds
would a landlord need to re-issue those notices after the moratorium or can they enforce the notice they already issued
So if someone experiences any of these challenges they are encouraged to file a complaint? Correct?
That is the link to the AG’s complaint form for violations of the order: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
What is being done to ensure people can pay rent and other fees after the moratorium has ended?
What date can 1st evictions occur (after 60 day eviction notice after eviction moratorium expires)?
Can landlords issue a 60 day notice of a rent increase now that takes effect AFTER the June 4th moratorium end?
What document has these bullet points? Share???
Paul, here is a press release with these bullets, and it also includes a link to the proclamation language: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-expands-eviction-moratorium-and-adds-additional-protections-residential-and-some
Patricio, do you know if your office enforce the moratorium against a municipality/Washington State Patrol that issued a notice threatening to impound a RV/vehicle that someone lived in?
What is a “reasonable” payment plan? Is there guidance on this?
Does the moratorium include homeless encampments?
There is going to need to be some guidelines for a reasonable repayment plan, like no more than 35% of household income. Oh wait, we were in an affordable housing crisis before COVID.
Who will be the court? District, Superior, or administrative law? Whichever, what will be the costs and timelines?
is it reasonable for landlords to request proof of unemployment or denial in order to determine what is “reasonable” for repayment?
I received a landlord call that stated that his rent is his only source of income and the tenant refuses to make payment arrangements or respond to him. The tenant is a realestate agent. And the landlord does not have a mortgage on the property
Are there any next steps in advocacy? For example, continuing to ask for 60 day mortgage relief, waived mortgage payments, etc.
does “public land” include any government property? Or only State-owned?
Once the moratorium is lifted, what measures will be in place to prevent a landlord from making large increases on rent? Something to keep the landlord from taking advantage of the end of the moratorium to then possibly price-gouge a tenant.
How do we refer tenants to AGO to make a complaint?
Are property owners allowed to send eviction notices now that links to end of moratorium?
If we dont define "reasonable" repayment plan, tenants are going to be having to prove reasonable to a judge, and risk default judgment if they don't understand the court system or dont know how to make their case in a show cause hearing.
Thanks Leslie — yes Joanne S. — see the link above
Michele posted earlier. :D
If a tenant can't repay the rent (they lost their job don't have unemployment benefits and don't know when they can get employment again)-- will this mean that landlords need to forgive the debt? How will that be enforced?
Here is the link to the complaint form again: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
Post Moratorium zero-interest loans through Commerce for tenants to maintain tenancy:
Our Homelessness Prevention program at VOA encourages 3 to 6 months repayment plans with landlords. It would be great to get some rental assistance money available to at least make the first payment for clients on these plans. It makes both renter and landlord more comfortable and the plan becomes more realistic. Rental assistance will be critical when the moratorium expires to stabilize housing for many vulnerable households!
Why are youth not getting into coordinated entry system?
Do you consider Shared Housing "doubled up" when everyone has their own private space AND open common space?
Can you provide more information about the cash app's being used to provide direct cash assistance? Is it just PayPal, Venmo, etc. or a different approach? Who could share more details on it?
What are you hearing about youth who are not listed as their parents’ dependents receiving the Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks)?
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Thank you Megan!
Can you talk more about any challenges immigrant and refugee communities may facing around COVID-19 testing and care?
Dept of Health has a funding opportunity for material translation: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/CommunityContracts
General pandemic health info in over 30 languages, https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com/, but the state needs to translate the various benefit programs and state specific orders.
The letter uploaded is a letter sent to the AG office regarding translations.
Hi Kimberly, my name is John Stovall. You’re absolutely right, today’s conversation hasn’t been adequately focused on disparities for people with disabilities. Two weeks ago we had a speaker from Disability Rights Washington about those disproportionalities, but we should be sure to include reminders each week. I’d be happy to follow up with you after the call to talk about how we can do that.
And we should be talking about the intersections of POC who have disabilities.
Is there information on how many health care workers are filing for unemployment in Wa, and how they "rank" compared to other groups?
what about people that haven't accumulated enough credits. will these people qualify?
Sounds good! Look forward to connecting
Here is the website for the Unemployment Law Project: https://unemploymentlawproject.org/
Does this rule apply for part-time students?
As chair of the Housing committee for King County, I would so appreciate your ideas on how we keep people housed after the pandemic. There are obstacles to construction of more housing and regulations that contribute to the lack of housing. We all need to work together as everyone needs housing. So if you have ideas please let me know. Kathy.Lambert@kingcounty.gov
Source of funds again? CDBG?
How do you access funds?
So what if they decide to use it differently than renatal assistance
Can this money be used to shared housing in bremerton
Question for Kurt: thoughts on policy of 80% AMI as maximum income. King county United Way recently allocated $5M in rental assistance that was used up in 2 days. am wondering if localities should cap at 60% AMI
One idea is to cap funds at the county Fair Market Rent levels determined for each county by HUD
But you have to hold the tenant harmless for the additional arrears.
One immediate problem is how rental assistance programs accommodate the $600/week federal unemployment that is out this week.
Maureen thanks for flagging this. You mean how rental assistance programs will count it as income for eligibility?
Is Oak Harbor honoring the Stay at Home order and closing non-essential businesses?
Is anyone collecting local government rental assistance programs? Tacoma’s just went live - 46% set aside for people of color, lottery format, eligible units cannot have federal-backed mortgages
you are a shining example of what needs to be done Theresa, in the smaller communities
Much gratitude to all of you for your conscientiousness and hard work on these important issues! You are appreciated :)
This is from Joanne: COVID Home Grant - Ended up working with motel for isolation and quarantine beds.
Agree with Bill Rumpf, faith community encourages locals to cap at <60% AMI and consider cap at <40% AMI rather than 80% AMI. ALL local and national data is saying the poor and people of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
For folks on Island, Opportunity Council as the SSVF provider is working on getting more $$ for Veterans for RRH and EP assistance. This will be true for all of our service areas and for other SSVF providers as well.
Great work Island County!
Thanks Michael! Great!
Today is the National SNAP Day of Action. If you have time, please call, email, tweet congress and white house to: • Boost maximum SNAP benefits by 15%• Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30• Suspend administrative rules that cut SNAP benefits or alter/eliminate eligibility
super helpful call. thanks
great call. thanks