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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Diana Krishna
00:54
Good Morninig
john alder
01:08
good morning
Mike Parker
15:16
is it allowable to combine that assistance maxed at 3 months with other sources to get to 6 months?
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
15:20
Kathy, can you explain why you are currently capped at 3 months total of rental assistance?
Kirsten Jewell
15:44
Kathy - is landlords receiving 80% of the rent debt and forgiving all fees still a requirement?
Katrina Kahler-Wilson
16:31
Kathy you stated that the Admin is 15% and staffing is an allowable expense? Can you confirm please. Thank you!
Keylee Marineau
17:15
WIth the EHG grant amendments, is that with more funds? or just extending the contract end date
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
17:53
OFM = Office of Financial Management
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
17:57
It is the Gov’s budget office
Cynthia Stewart
18:22
Lost Otter.ai
Keylee Marineau
19:06
got it.
Sam Jackle
19:36
EHG= emergency housing grant, I think
Cynthia Stewart
19:38
Thank you!
Katrina Kahler-Wilson
19:39
Do we have until the end of December the funds instead of the end of October?
Kirsten Jewell
19:45
Kathy - THANK YOU for extending the Commerce COVID-19 grant timeline! Much appreciated!
Sam Jackle
19:52
also curious if the amendments include more funds
Katrina Kahler-Wilson
20:17
Thank you!
Karen Studders
20:31
Kathy IMHO your small, mighty team of Commerce grantwriting staff are performing exceptionally in a pandemic - Please extend a huge Thank you to the team for your service! Also very much appreciate Tedd and your transparency and communication during this time of huge uncertainty.
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
20:45
Thank you Commerce for your emphasis on equity and on retaining housing/preventing evictions
Caroline Lopez
21:10
Thank you so much for your promotion of equity! By & For list and work is appreciated!
Chyvonna Torres
21:20
I just logged in and I missed the last bit regarding cares act until 12/31. Can anyone elaborate for me please?
Robin Koskey
21:22
Thank you, Kathy and Commerce team!
Chyvonna Torres
21:24
I apologize.
Teresa Clark she/her
23:13
Hi all, the transcription service seems to be fine on the back end – I’m not sure why it stopped transcribing here. Still looking into it, but I may not be able to bring it back up for the rest of this call. Sorry in advance if that’s the case.
Kirsten Jewell
25:14
Daniel - how are you thinking of hotel/motel shelter as different from SROs or PSH apartments?
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
25:27
We will provide the full transcription and recording afterwards. Very sorry that it stopped working.
Teresa Clark she/her
26:18
To clarify, it stopped transcribing about 17 min in to the call. So we can provide transcription thru then, along with notes that staff are taking.
Dan.Aspiri
26:30
How are meals handled?
Patty Kuderer
26:42
Daniel, please reach out to the AG's office, I have been in touch with them about the RL housing issue and they need more information.
Corina Yballa
27:00
Did the Red Lion you leased maintain their existing staff or was there a way to avoid hotel workers losing their jobs?
Corina Yballa
27:25
Also, thank you for sharing and I'm glad this has been successful!
Teresa Clark she/her
27:29
Shout-out to our staff note takers who are busy capturing these convos every week: Emily, Caroline, and Kiki!
Curtis Steinhauer
27:35
What processes have you identified as permitting procedures for future use?
Jean Darsie
27:35
I've heard that WHEEL has been asking for hotel accommodations for women who can no longer be accommodated due to COVID. Is DESC aware of this and can it help them? City of Seattle has not responded to their pleas.
Amanda Polley
28:04
Such as a studio apartment type of conversion? that could be done very easily and effectively for PSH
cheryl berenson
28:12
use for transitional housing too?
Curt Gray
28:14
Thank you, Daniel. There are other "municipalities" like Renton that don't support the needs of the homeless as demonstrated by the actions you and others face. Do we have resources to lobby against these "un-humanitarian" attitudes?
Dinah Jean
28:23
Could you get one of the extended stay hotels that have little kitchenettes?
Amanda Polley
28:31
Daniel, you're doing good work, hang in there!
Mindy Woods
28:31
Thank you Housing Alliance staff for all your hard work!
Dan.Aspiri
28:40
Thanks
Kirsten Jewell
28:48
Thanks, Daniel and DESC for all your amazing work!
Jean Darsie
29:33
Wow, what DESC is doing here is awesome including with the arrangement for meals with the onsite restaurant. Kudos!
Mindy Woods
30:04
Great work Daniel and DESC!
Samatha Anderson
32:10
Do you think it's simply using the word shelter? Maybe a different usage or words would go over better?
Curt Gray
32:39
Housing is a human need / right
Gerrit Nyland
32:42
On a broader note, could we change zoning to require any motel/hotel zoned areas to have to allow homeless shelters?
Karen Studders
32:47
What/who can advocates do to support the extension of the King County lease for DESC clients until the pandemic ends? Is DESC still providing shelter in congregant settings?
Curtis Steinhauer
32:52
Thank you for all that you are doing for the vulnerable population in the ommunity.
elizabeth maupin
33:40
an the faith community in Renton be helpful?
John Stovall
34:14
Melissa would you like me to share your slides?
Jamala Henderson
34:52
https://otter.ai/s/tbh5PB5XSLuX8Ak6J5A0kA
Curt Gray
35:30
Thank you, Melissa. I'm your "neighbor". Can you share your contact info...love to talk to you about your successes / challenges in this pandemic
Teresa Clark she/her
35:34
Thanks Jamala!! That’s the transcription link for folks who need it.
Jamala Henderson
35:35
Please click on the link above to see the OTTER AI transcript. Hopefully this works for you to be able to see
Jessica Lea
35:53
Got it, thanks Jamala
Jamala Henderson
35:59
The transcription service
Jamala Henderson
38:51
Is it working for folks?
Allison Arthur
38:52
Did the hotels give you a “deal” or did you pay full price? What was the maximum length you would allow someone to stay in a place and what did you do after their time was up?
Caroline Lopez
39:03
SWATCH = Southwest Washington Accountable Communities of Health
Jessica Lea
39:07
Yes, thank you Jamala
Jamala Henderson
39:27
Thank you Jessica!
Curtis Steinhauer
40:27
Great job for the fantastic work you are doing for the most vulnerable in the community.
Curt Gray
42:17
BRAVO, Melissa !
Caroline Lopez
43:34
Love that transition to open ended questions!! Awesome adaptation, Melissa!
Samatha Anderson
44:05
I agree, great job on open end questions.
Caroline Lopez
44:29
HMIS = Homeless Management Information Service
Sally Perkins
45:06
Nicely done, Clark County! :)
Keylee Marineau
45:14
Who is staffing the Q/I hotel room?
elizabeth maupin
45:23
Mellissa, It sounds like you are doing a great job!
Allison Arthur
47:05
Thank you. You are always awesome!
Keylee Marineau
48:27
I am really hoping to hear from county's that are operating Q/I facilities - how are they dealing with federal v. state spending restrictions.
Rachael Myers
50:53
https://housingalliance.salsalabs.org/rentisdue
cheryl berenson
51:54
has Senator Cantwell told anyone her thoughts? haven’t seen so much as a peep from her.
Rachael Myers
51:56
Sen. Murray: 1-866-481-9186Sen. Cantwell: 1-202-224-3441
Alice Lockhart
52:26
Which members of congress most need to hear from us?
Karen Studders
53:17
Please discuss that we cannot trade housing relief for corporate liability exclusion, else more money over people codified.
Amanda Polley
01:00:25
yes
Kiki Serantes
01:00:35
And if you’d like to schedule a specific listening session with residents/folks who access your services with the Resident Action Project you can email me at kikis@wliha.org
Laura Reed
01:00:42
I'm still working on it!
Jeremy Kutzke
01:00:53
I actually can’t scroll down on it…
Chyvonna Torres
01:01:02
I submitted.
Karen Studders
01:01:11
At federal level Housing rent relief is critical ST financial help to keep people housed whereas corporate liability exemption is LT and affects all employees/workers into the future. Alternative is promote UBI for all people, monthly, for living expenses including rent!
Jessica Lea
01:01:20
You just have to scroll through and finish the poll
Elizabeth Archambault
01:01:40
Really not enough time to answer all the questions...
Valerie Craig, St Vin d Paul
01:02:18
Poll requires me to answer all four questions. Won’t let me submit incomplete.
Valerie Craig, St Vin d Paul
01:02:37
I’m not qualified to answer all 4 questions.
Natalya Verley
01:02:37
Q1 other: deeply affordable and LOW barrier permanent supportive housing with services on site.
john alder
01:02:39
racial disparity / REDLINING
Jessica Lea
01:02:47
1. Other: I believe that empty housing units that have remained empty for long periods should be bought up and provided at aggressively affordable terms to the public
john alder
01:03:21
RENT MORATORIUM MOST PRESSING ISSUE
john alder
01:03:38
member of tenants union
Kiki Serantes
01:04:32
I’m here if you want more info on RAP :) kikis@wliha.org
Gerrit Nyland
01:04:41
Other - need someone at the state level to take ownership of understanding the statewide need for homeless services, affordable housing, and rent assistance - then determine the resources needed to meet those needs - and then figure out how to get those resources - from the feds, state, private donors, etc. No one "owns" homelessness in Washington State - we need that coordinated, state-wide approach.
Mindy Woods
01:04:41
Yes! More RAP members please!
Valerie Craig, St Vin d Paul
01:04:49
1. A; 2. sad to say, I don’t know the answers here; 3. C; 4. need to think on this
Curtis Steinhauer
01:04:52
YES!!! RENT MORATORIUM IS PRESSING!!!
Stephen Pagan
01:05:16
It is currently legal to discriminate against people with criminal histories. I think the lack of connection between and amongst tenants hurts us, as we're then forced to deal with landlords and rental organizations as individuals, rather than a class of people. Needless to say, we need more power for the tenant's union and more tenant unions.
Emily Strange
01:05:34
Endorsed candidate lis: https://housingactionfund.org/endorsements
Sara Monzo
01:05:43
other: our concern with Community For Affordable Housing (CFAH) is that our regulations and laws for building homes & condos as well as concerting apartments into condos is displacing those who can afford to purchase into renting. this those rentals are displacing those people who cannot afford to buy and most likely will always rent. this pushes even more people into homelessness. it trickles down and separates the haves from the have-nots even greater. rules & policies for building homes needs to change from the very top down.
Jamala Henderson
01:05:51
I can see it
Nancy Marnin
01:06:12
I can see them
Curt Gray
01:06:14
How do we tap into capital funds for investment into affordable housing in my county?
Rachael Myers
01:08:25
@Curt: See the State’s Housing Trust Fund page: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/housing/housing-trust-fund/applying-to-the-housing-trust-fund/
Curt Gray
01:08:46
Thank you, Rachael !
Natalya Verley
01:09:07
Homeownership is generally the most stable and secure form of housing. We know historically lack of homeownership has contributed greatly to wealth disparities for POC.
Samatha Anderson
01:09:37
We just need more affordable housing built in general.
Stephen Pagan
01:10:18
Personally, I'd rather teach the tenants to defend and uphold their own rights than hire someone to do it for them. I feel the former will be more long-lasting and thorough.
Curt Gray
01:12:57
We need to figure out how to divert the huge $$$ spent on shelters, etc and BUILD housing
Curtis Steinhauer
01:13:01
Sign me up for the housing affordability and homelessness story, I'll share mine.
cristal
01:13:01
Gentrification is contributing to POC folks being pushed out of their communities. There are "affordable" apartments in the north end that are inexpensive to those who work in the tech, and for-profit industries.
Stephen Pagan
01:13:40
Affordable housing is great, but how can people get there if the rent is so high? The vast majority of my clients' incomes go to rent.
Derek Lum
01:14:18
Kiki can you message me? I would like to schedule a session for those who live in our housing and also one the emphasizes community groups like InterIm?
Jessica Lea
01:14:50
Why build when there are a plethora of empty houses? Utilize empty units owned by state to provide permanent supportive housing
Stephen Pagan
01:15:02
I second that, Jessica.
Natalya Verley
01:15:08
Sometimes what is FMR & Rent Reasonable for a permanent voucher - could also pay a mortgage... I know some housing authorities allow for some participants to utilize their vouchers to buy a home but I'm not sure how much this is accessed. Granted, there's a lot that goes into homeownership and maintenance. But I think its worth considering.
sally kinney
01:15:08
"Affordable" has no meaning. We need low-income housing, both supported and non-supported.
Curt Gray
01:15:15
NO available (i.e. empty) housing in my county
Kiki Serantes
01:15:52
Derek - yes! I will reach out to you offline :)
Stephen Pagan
01:16:10
We can't have wealthy landlords. Wealthy landlords cannot exist without masses of people living homeless.
sally kinney
01:16:27
Until everyone who needs rental housing is able to access it, no scarce tax $$ should be spent on home ownership programs.
Dinah Jean
01:17:05
@Stephen I work with the tenants union and we do renter's rights education and provide help with organizing, would be happy to connect
Stephen Pagan
01:17:13
How about homes affordable to people living without incomes beyond state assistance?
Sheila Miraflor
01:17:24
Thank you, Sally. the guidelines for 50%, 30%, etc AMI need to be used when discussing low income housing.
Cecelia Haack
01:17:26
Thank you for a great Zoom.
Gerrit Nyland
01:17:26
Need 6%-7% rental vacancy rates so annual rent increases with inflation, instead of at rates higher than inflation. that requires lots of new units.
Samatha Anderson
01:17:56
youth and those leaving foster systemss
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
01:17:58
MicheleT@wliha.org
Stephen Pagan
01:18:00
Please contact me at Stephen.pagan@p-h-s.com, Dinah.
elizabeth maupin
01:18:04
I think we may need to address the regressive revenue that increases the wealth gap and ensures that the budget collapses with every econ downturn.
sally kinney
01:18:11
In King County with its high AMI, the most desperate need is housing available to those with 15% and below AMI.
Derek Lum
01:18:45
Thank you all!!