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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Kathy Kinard
00:52
yes
Janice Gonzales
00:56
yes
Maureen Howard
11:21
Todd - timeline for changes in Consolidated Homeless Grants?
Esther Magasis
12:28
Is there a link to the LIHI rental assistance that can be shared out? Thank you!
Paul Trautman
12:33
Anybody know of any funds for mortgage assistance?
Robin Koskey
12:34
Wow great news on LIHEAP!
Esther Magasis
12:40
*LIHEAP
Michael Parker
12:41
That LIHEAP amount again was $1250?
Alison Eisinger
12:42
Diane, that's great LIHEAP news - can you please detail eligibility, and how people can apply.
Housing Alliance
12:48
Will the LIHEAP funding continue to require 14-day pay or vacate notices to qualify?
Amanda Santo
13:09
Did LIHEAP funds increase or same allocation with expanded use to rent assistance?
Housing Alliance
14:35
Michael I believe Diane said up to $1000
Sheila Miraflor
14:40
Will this be lottery type, or does everyone who qualifies receive assistance?
Michele Thomas
14:54
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/low-income-home-energy-assistance/
Sherry Sternhagen
15:38
Is there an idea of how much total funds are available vs the amount of need?
Galina Volchkova
20:40
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
Dinah Braccio
20:43
would a landlord need to re-issue those notices after the moratorium or can they enforce the notice they already issued
Michele Thomas
21:02
https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
Joy Stanford
21:20
So if someone experiences any of these challenges they are encouraged to file a complaint? Correct?
Michele Thomas
21:29
That is the link to the AG’s complaint form for violations of the order: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
Megan Veith
21:53
What is being done to ensure people can pay rent and other fees after the moratorium has ended?
Housing Alliance
21:56
Joy, yes!
Paul Trautman
23:01
What date can 1st evictions occur (after 60 day eviction notice after eviction moratorium expires)?
Michael Parker
23:16
Can landlords issue a 60 day notice of a rent increase now that takes effect AFTER the June 4th moratorium end?
Paul Trautman
23:48
What document has these bullet points? Share???
Housing Alliance
24:28
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
Carrie Graf
25:32
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?
Megan Veith
26:21
What is a “reasonable” payment plan? Is there guidance on this?
Mindy Woods
26:58
Does the moratorium include homeless encampments?
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
27:56
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.
Kathy Lambert
28:01
Who will be the court? District, Superior, or administrative law? Whichever, what will be the costs and timelines?
Megan Brown
28:16
is it reasonable for landlords to request proof of unemployment or denial in order to determine what is “reasonable” for repayment?
Linda Taylor
29:28
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
Diana Perez
30:25
Are there any next steps in advocacy? For example, continuing to ask for 60 day mortgage relief, waived mortgage payments, etc.
Maureen Howard
30:47
does “public land” include any government property? Or only State-owned?
Sheila Miraflor
31:00
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.
Joanne Sprague
31:14
How do we refer tenants to AGO to make a complaint?
Joanne Pelant
31:24
Are property owners allowed to send eviction notices now that links to end of moratorium?
leslie harbaugh
32:06
https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
32:13
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.
Housing Alliance
32:26
Thanks Leslie — yes Joanne S. — see the link above
leslie harbaugh
32:46
Michele posted earlier. :D
Yasmeen Perez
33:24
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?
Michele Thomas
34:10
Here is the link to the complaint form again: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/COVID19EvictionComplaintForm.aspx
Nicholas Yuva
34:11
Post Moratorium zero-interest loans through Commerce for tenants to maintain tenancy:
Nicholas Yuva
34:12
https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/landlord-fund-programs/tenancy-preservation/
Galina Volchkova
36:54
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!
Kathy Lambert
40:30
Why are youth not getting into coordinated entry system?
Joy Stanford
41:38
Do you consider Shared Housing "doubled up" when everyone has their own private space AND open common space?
Jeff Simms
45:20
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?
Maureen Howard
47:33
What are you hearing about youth who are not listed as their parents’ dependents receiving the Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks)?
Megan Veith
49:11
If you have questions for Building Changes, please email Katara and/or Klarissa: Katara.Jordan@buildingchanges.org; Klarissa.Monteros@buildingchanges.org
Chyvonna Torres
49:49
Thank you Megan!
Megan Veith
52:09
Can you talk more about any challenges immigrant and refugee communities may facing around COVID-19 testing and care?
Housing Alliance
53:15
Dept of Health has a funding opportunity for material translation: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/CommunityContracts
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
53:49
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.
Diana Perez
57:18
The letter uploaded is a letter sent to the AG office regarding translations.
Housing Alliance
57:37
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.
Housing Alliance
58:12
And we should be talking about the intersections of POC who have disabilities.
Sofia Aragon
59:18
Is there information on how many health care workers are filing for unemployment in Wa, and how they "rank" compared to other groups?
Liliana Godinez
59:47
what about people that haven't accumulated enough credits. will these people qualify?
Housing Alliance
59:51
Sounds good! Look forward to connecting
Michele Thomas
01:02:08
Here is the website for the Unemployment Law Project: https://unemploymentlawproject.org/
Maria Beltran
01:02:21
Does this rule apply for part-time students?
Kathy Lambert
01:05:56
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
Joy Stanford
01:07:00
yes
Jeff Guyett
01:07:10
Source of funds again? CDBG?
Kathy Fleming
01:07:22
How do you access funds?
Megan Brown
01:07:31
CDBG
Louise Johnson
01:07:36
So what if they decide to use it differently than renatal assistance
Joy Stanford
01:07:43
Can this money be used to shared housing in bremerton
Louise Johnson
01:07:51
yes
Bill Rumpf
01:08:03
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
Michele Thomas
01:08:57
One idea is to cap funds at the county Fair Market Rent levels determined for each county by HUD
Michele Thomas
01:09:32
But you have to hold the tenant harmless for the additional arrears.
Maureen Howard
01:10:06
One immediate problem is how rental assistance programs accommodate the $600/week federal unemployment that is out this week.
Housing Alliance
01:11:19
Maureen thanks for flagging this. You mean how rental assistance programs will count it as income for eligibility?
Maureen Howard
01:12:55
Exactly
Sandy Bishop
01:14:19
Is Oak Harbor honoring the Stay at Home order and closing non-essential businesses?
Maureen Howard
01:15:33
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
Joy Stanford
01:15:39
you are a shining example of what needs to be done Theresa, in the smaller communities
Lori Wheat
01:17:39
Much gratitude to all of you for your conscientiousness and hard work on these important issues! You are appreciated :)
Michele Thomas
01:19:45
This is from Joanne: COVID Home Grant - Ended up working with motel for isolation and quarantine beds.
Karen Studders
01:20:13
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.
Michael Parker
01:20:36
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.
Sofia Aragon
01:21:16
Great work Island County!
Joanne Pelant
01:22:42
Thanks Michael! Great!
Michele Thomas
01:23:37
https://housingalliance.salsalabs.org/congresscovid19action/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=483fd8bb-67e5-4a0f-b957-2bfcded2595b
Rachael Myers
01:23:57
https://bit.ly/CVfederalaction
Chris Suh
01:24:04
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
Rachael Myers
01:24:21
https://nlihc.org/responding-coronavirus
Bill Rumpf
01:25:15
super helpful call. thanks
Maureen Howard
01:25:24
great call. thanks