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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Curt Gray
04:47
Good morning! My mic isn't working, so listening only :(
Michele Thomas
05:10
Good morning!
Rachael Myers
10:05
https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/v/CEAccessPoints
Linda Seltzer
11:15
The state can close some tax loopholes
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
11:26
THX Linda
Cynthia Stewart
11:30
And adopt a capital gains tax
Linda Seltzer
11:42
Also the state could cut bloated executive salaries in universities before cutting food for students
Linda Seltzer
12:05
no
Kat Reuter
12:10
yes!
Linda Seltzer
12:15
can see the poll but not the answers
john alder
12:42
spokane county tenants union
Linda Seltzer
12:44
yes
Curt Gray
12:45
Skamania County...in SW region
john alder
13:04
your survey won't take my answer
Jeffri Walters
13:11
Pierce County Library
Joanne Iverson
13:15
no
Rachel Elfenbein
13:23
Walla Walla
Terrie Yaffe
13:27
statewide services too
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
13:36
Leslie Brown, Edmonds, SnoCo Mutual Aid
Linda Seltzer
14:21
remember that in 2011 the legislature made a big mistake cutting the unemployment tax by 50%
john alder
15:07
tenants union eastern wa. member
Linda Seltzer
15:12
other - member of community task forces
Rebecca Book
15:20
architect, work on affordable housing projects
Curt Gray
15:30
Also...Incident Command Team member
kim conner
15:31
I'm representing statewide disability organization
Rebecca Book
15:34
yup!
Jessica Lea
15:34
yes
Colleen Laing
15:36
Funder
Adam Roca
15:37
Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle
Kat Reuter
15:41
yes
gary lunde
15:45
Hi all from AMHO
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
15:48
Love this poll function!
Bill O'Neil
15:57
Ryan Harris from KOMO Radio reporting on issues discussed here today
Liz Mills
16:40
other - Liz Mills representing a coalition, Eastside Human Services Forum
Karen Studders
18:19
Overlap advocate/ally/other = Karen Studders - Interfaith Community convened by the Church Council of Greater Seattle in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties
Terrie Yaffe
18:51
child care system
Joanne Iverson
19:12
What do you mean by "reprioritize" resources?
Joanne Iverson
19:28
What does that look like?
Linda Seltzer
19:43
Currently - Eastside Homelessness Task Force (via St. Jude's)
Housing Alliance
19:50
Question from a local service provider via email: Is there likely to be an increase in Consolidated Homeless Funds, not just ESG? There is an emerging and ongoing need around resources for getting folks from shelters directly housed into more permanent/long-term housing (e.g. rapid rehousing funds, flexible funds for rental assistance, etc).
Galina Volchkova
20:07
Other: Homelessness Prevention Program with VOAWW Dispute Resolution Center
Linda Seltzer
20:19
Formerly - Leadership Eastside basic needs task force on affordable housing
Karen Studders
20:40
Can we use this economic crisis to revisit our regressive tax system and ensure we use an equity lens for decisions?
Juliana Roe
20:49
Do you know if anyone is collecting info on how counties are using CDBG funds?
Linda Seltzer
20:53
What does the VOAWW acronym stand for?
Terri Anderson
21:09
Tenants Union of Washington State- Spokane
Galina Volchkova
21:41
VOAWW - Volunteers of America Western Washington
Laura Van Tosh
21:42
Patients from Western State Hospital are having trouble leaving because of no housing avail. in this home community. Do you have any innovative ideas to address the inability for patients to exit this institution?
Krista Milhofer, People First of Washington
21:57
As funds are authorized and distributed, are universal design building efforts considered? Most people will need accessible housing at some point in their lives.
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
22:36
We are SnoCo Mutual Aid: “…when people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more equitable and compassionate, and understanding that it is the system, not the people suffering under it, that creates poverty, crisis, and vulnerability.” Quote from Big Door Brigade, Seattle.
Kirsten Jewell
22:45
And that is on top of significant reductions in local document recording fee-funding for homeless programs.
Trudy Soucoup
23:00
@Laura - Homes First is doing shared mental health housing for three years
Joanne Iverson
23:08
How are you proposing the reprioritization of funds? What does this look like?
Allison Arthur
23:31
We've seen patients from Western exit into homelessness, going from Pierce to Kitsap to Jefferson County. Not exactly a stay-in-place thing.
Trudy Soucoup
23:41
We buy pre-existing homes and then partner with local service providers to serve them in home. We have a home in Lacey which houses three people at a tiem from Western State.
Trudy Soucoup
24:24
But resource money for these projects is always the challenge! Brick & mortar money that doesn't have so many hurdles to acquire would be helpful.
Linda Seltzer
24:31
Robert Reich reported that Bezos made huge amounts of money since March - how does this become taxed?
Sharon Maggard
25:00
Clallam County Homeless shelter is experiencing an increase in Western State and Justice released people
Joanne Iverson
25:09
the reprioritization of funds??
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
26:12
Can you speak to how we provide $ for undocumented folks/refugees/immigrants who will be homeless shortly w/o rent assistance?
Brook Fadley
26:23
For those who are homeless and even temp housed will they lose that housing after covid?
Joanne Iverson
26:42
what other priorities are going to be set aside?
john alder
27:30
didn't get survey this timeho
Terrie Yaffe
27:38
good ask , Leslie Brown
Curt Gray
27:41
sending people back to the street after covid could be political suicice
Curt Gray
27:44
suicide
john alder
28:01
how do you feel about a 12month payback program?
Mark Keene
28:10
are there programs to help the homeless who have a KCHA Section 8 vouchers to identify affordable housing?
Jeremy Kutzke
29:49
@Mark Keene have you signed up for Housing Connector?
Andrew Calkins
30:47
Hi Mark - I work at KCHA, we have some different resources depending on the voucher type. Feel free to reach out to me at andrewc@kcha.org and we can see where we can direct the person for some assistance.
Joanne Iverson
31:52
I've been told there may be an increase in domestic abused women and children escaping to the streets--what resources are available to the newly homeless--shelters are closed--there is not enough housing--where can I start to investigate solutions?
Alison Eisinger, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
32:07
Tedd: King County has been working to access the FEMA $ but the concern is whether the state is going to be able to provide the 25%
Brook Fadley
33:17
All the collateral consequences of this crisis are really starting to hit us all, both as those impacted and as service providers. We need to keep all of these in mind when advocating. This was a great comment.
Sally Perkins
33:25
Re: Western State Hospital and folks being released from Western...my experience in Pierce County is that DSHS is not being forthcoming about who is being released, whether they are being tested for COVID 19 before release, whether the community resources are there to provide appropriate support in the community, and where folks are being released to. The comments about Western on this Chat are worrisome to me.
Kiki Serantes
35:36
Can learn more about those three asks just mentioned here: https://nlihc.org/responding-coronavirus
Emily O. (LIHI)
35:56
Nice work Joey! Clarifying question: Does the nationwide moratorium include non-rental properties, i.e. encampments of those who are unsheltered?
Rachael Myers
36:08
Rep. Heck’s bill is summarized here: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/Emergency-Rental-Assistance.pdf
Sally Perkins
36:50
The thing that is so disturbing to me is that patients at Western are under the state's care and the state has a moral responsibility to assure that folks from Western, when they are released, are released to situations where they are safe and served effectively.
Krista Milhofer, People First of Washington
39:09
The Developmental Disability Administration also has 4 state institutions relabeled Residential Habilitation Centers. For covid-19 information within them see https://app.powerbigov.us/view?r=eyJrIjoiMTRhNzk5ZjctOWZjZS00YWNkLTg4MTktOWZmOTZjZmUxOThhIiwidCI6ImU3MDAwODhkLTFiOTktNDg0My04YjM3LTljOWQwZmQzMDNmOSJ9
gary lunde
39:20
Rental hsg asst. will this help seniors in Manufactured Home Parks where they are paying $900.00 to $1100.00 for a little plot of ground where they have the positioned their ihome
Karen Studders
40:47
Can Joey share his contact information please.
john alder
41:33
5th(ul.s.)
Derya Ruggles
42:47
Appreciate you, Mr. Heck! So grateful for you all, thank you!
Joy Stanford
42:58
26th LD
Laurel Turner
43:23
Well said!
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
43:32
So sorry I have to go, food bank opens at 11 — please send minutes to covid19mutualaidsnoco@gmail.com
My-Linh Thai
43:48
Please ensure that the language of the bill would allow assistance to undocumented individuals.
Alison Eisinger, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
44:39
Second what State Rep. Thai said, Rep. Heck! Thanks for your terrific work.
Joy Stanford
44:44
Are churches are going to have access to this money as they did other dollars meant for small businesses?
Natalya Verley
44:45
Thank you for mentioning the necessity to support mom and pop landlords
My-Linh Thai
44:51
And please ensure that the very definition of #Homelessness to include couch-surfing. These include our youths and undocumented individuals.
Joy Stanford
45:16
Agree @My-Linh
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
45:16
When would the federal eviction moratorium end? (It's important that it doesn't end before tenants are able to pay.)
Katherine Festa
45:28
thank you congressman Heck!
Curt Gray
45:28
Yes, My Linh !!!!
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
45:29
Denny: the 1% have already gotten their huge tax breaks from the crisis, the first thing this corrupt administration did. WE WANT accountqabilities built in to this bill!!
Elizabeth Scott
45:41
Thank you Denny. What you are doing is so critical!
Derya Ruggles
45:42
Proud to have waved signs for you!
john alder
45:43
your the man!
Erin House
45:46
Thank you so much, Congressman Heck!
Allison Arthur
45:49
This does feel like a life-or-death kind of new world.
Joey Lindstrom, NLIHC
45:59
Hello @My-Linh. There are some factors related to immigration status that might make some of the eligibility a bit case-by-case. Overall, though, one of the reasons that the $100 billion would be distributed through the Emergency Solutions Grant is that undocumented individuals are specifically eligible for emergency services.
Terrie Yaffe
46:00
concerned about families w/children who often connect first with their school staff to disclose housing insecurity, domestic abuse, job loss and their undocumented status
Leslie Brown SnoCo Mutual Aid
46:24
THANK YOU for addressing our undocumented neighbors and friends and their needs. There is no they, only we.
Caroline Lopez
46:38
Thank you so much, Congressman Heck!
Brook Fadley
46:50
Thank You Congressman Heck!!
Joy Stanford
46:53
I did...
Mindy Woods
47:14
Our Mom and Pop landlords are often the ones that are good partners in the Section 8 program and have more affordable rents. Keeping them whole us VITAL for us renters! Thank you Congressman Heck!
Joy Stanford
47:20
can he speak to the fact that the mega churches got the dollars meant for small businesses
Rob Huff
47:23
Thank you for your work, Congressman Heck.
Cara Vallier
47:40
Thank you, Congressman Heck and thanks also to Congresswoman Maxine Waters!
Joey Lindstrom, NLIHC
47:57
Here is a quick FAQ sheet on immigration status and eligibility assistance: https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/FAQs_Eligibility-for-Assistance-Based-on-Immigration-Status.pdf
Curt Gray
47:58
Terrie Yaffe...YES!! Dealing with how to account for these homeless families with children. They disclose their homelessness to the schools but are largely missing in other critical social metrics
Maureen Howard
48:04
Thanks for your good work, Congressman Heck
Patience Malaba-HDC
48:14
Thank you for your leadership, Congressman Heck!
Linda Seltzer
48:18
Thank you for all of this Rep. Heck
Trudy Soucoup
48:27
I hope we will continue to invest in the production of more units - through the acquisition of pre-existing homes which can happen faster than a new build. As Mom/Pop housing goes away, we need to scoop up that housing to keep it affordable in our communities.
Trudy Soucoup
49:10
Not that we want those Mom/Pop to go away but it is inevitable that some will chose to no longer be landlords.
Craig Lyons
49:17
Well said!
Linda Seltzer
49:20
Yes - preservation - Trudy
Alice Lockhart
49:27
That last was so helpful, thank you Congressman Heck!
Sally Perkins
50:19
We need to inventory the current privately held affordable housing single family and small apartment properties in our communities and work to acquire any that may be otherwise scooped up by speculators or large companies who will take them out of affordable rent ranges.
Joy Stanford
50:51
@ Sally ABSOLUTELY!
Curt Gray
51:00
Agreed @Sally Perkins
Trudy Soucoup
51:26
@Sally - yes! It can be done through County assessors.
Trudy Soucoup
51:36
But it would be a big job.
Maureen Howard
51:38
Following Sally…also identify potential buyers who will keep the property in the public trust. Properties are beginning to move in Pierce County
Mindy Woods
51:40
💯% Sally!
Sharon Maggard
51:42
What Happened to SBA EIDL loans?
johnnawhite
51:43
Can you speak a little bit more about why the rental assistance bill/piece of the Hereos act is so fragile/explain the opposing view?
Brook Fadley
51:46
@ Sally I agree, as well. It is a 'hidden asset' that we must jump on.
Laurel Turner
51:46
Sally Perkins...look into Land Banks
Joy Stanford
51:47
THAT'S WHAT WE NEED
Kiki Serantes
52:01
Just saw your sweatshirt - #GoZags!
Karen Studders
52:07
Repr Heck...thank you so very much for your leadership. We need your staff to help in ensuring we carry forward a consistent message to keep this $100 B in the legislation!
Sally Perkins
52:08
And the inventory effort could be augmented by people who live in those neighborhoods and can literally walk around and point them out.
Rachael Myers
53:02
https://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/Emergency-Rental-Assistance.pdf
Brook Fadley
53:13
@ Sally, your comment reminds me of community asset inventory I learned about back home. Love it!
Terri Anderson
53:21
#GoZags Thank you Rep. Heck!
Caroline Lopez
53:53
HEROES Act one pager: https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/documents/Heroes%20Act%20One%20Pager.pdf
gary lunde
54:15
Thank You Congressman Heck
Andrew Calkins
54:21
Anything in the CARES Act related to LIHTC?
Michele Thomas
54:32
Thank you!
Hillary Coleman
54:35
Thank you!
Andrew Calkins
54:38
HEROES Act**
Kiki Serantes
54:40
Thank you!
john alder
54:42
thank you
Brook Fadley
54:45
Thank you!
Joey Lindstrom, NLIHC
55:00
I think someone asked for my contact information. I am about to leave the meeting, but know that you can reach me at 315-783-5763 or jlindstrom@nlihc.org
Kiki Serantes
55:47
You can use this landing page to take action and urge congress to include affordable housing/homeelessness funding in the next package: https://housingalliance.salsalabs.org/covidresponse/index.html
Rachael Myers
56:14
Andrew - nothing in HEROES Act about LIHTC. That’s just focusing on short term needs - longer term/infrastructure isn’t included.
Natalya Verley
56:57
I went to SnoCo assessors office to see about identifying owners of rentals - but they did not really have that info on hand. It would nice to have a registration of LL's like some areas.
Mindy Woods
57:23
Agree Natalya!
Natalya Verley
58:08
Let's just not make it burdensome. Just being to identify our actual inventory would be great.
Villette Nolon
59:23
can you send a link to that law? Super helpful!
Linda Seltzer
59:28
some tenants could end up going to payday lenders with longer terms at higher interest
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
59:38
Is there a report to share on the best practices you found before COVID?
Villette Nolon
59:57
This is of major concern to us, thank you
Stephanie Velasco
01:00:41
Here is the link to the City of Seattle ordinance: http://seattle.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4432265&GUID=CADC7C14-9AD7-46CD-9369-ED939D6D727D
Natalya Verley
01:00:48
yes, payday loans are a major problem regardless
Chris Suh
01:01:18
THanks Stephanie for the update
Ana Bonilla
01:01:30
Second John’s question above about sharing data gathered on the best practices.
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:02:52
Population Health team so cool! Are they able to do testing for folks in shelters/unsheltered folks?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:03:25
That would be great, thanks Stephanie!
Maureen Howard
01:03:28
Sam Jackle - do the weekly medical rounding include encampments/safe parking/hotels or only shelters?
Terrie Yaffe
01:03:58
a good portion of licensed child care sites (in Seattle and around the state) operate out of providers' homes; how can we support these small business owners, who are essential workers, to remain affordably housed during this employment and housing crisis?
Stephanie Velasco
01:04:08
John and Ana, I'll share a summary of the pre-COVID best practices that we found with John for distribution to this group.
Sally Perkins
01:04:11
The WA State Dept of Financial Institutions does an annual report on payday lending in WA State, it would be nice if they could report quarterly during 2020 and 2021 to get a better idea of how payday loans are being utilized by people with limited other cash resources.
Natalya Verley
01:09:45
That would be nice
Maureen Howard
01:10:17
Can we please have Rhonda’s slides?
Natalya Verley
01:11:07
I really worry about our undocumented neighbors who may not know about the different moratoriums in place. I've had the privilege of being able to assist a handful of families with some rental assistance and many of them who are undocumented did not know about the moratorium.
Michele Thomas
01:16:26
Here is a link to information for tenants in English and Spanish on their rights during the moratorium:
Michele Thomas
01:16:28
https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/health/coronavirus-covid-19
Karen Studders
01:16:34
Have you been able to link the increase in COVID-19 spread/deaths to lack of water and health care on Yakima reservation? Congregant housing and lack of health care for undocumented workers? How can we help elevate your partnerships and these policy issues to the Governor and Legislature?
My-Linh Thai
01:16:41
Can you share the % or number of youths who are using your services?
Michele Thomas
01:17:16
Washingtonlawhelp.org is an excellent resource and has a lot of information in multiple languages
Galina Volchkova
01:18:53
Undocumented renters also don't feel comfortable reaching out for help and getting enrolled in the Coordinated Entry system; it lowers their chance to get assistance even more...
Mike Parker
01:20:54
what testing and contract tracing process does Yakima use with their un-sheltered homeless?
Maureen Howard
01:21:21
May we also get Esther’s slides…I love having good models
Sally Perkins
01:23:54
great info from Yakima, thank you!
Brook Fadley
01:24:14
Excellent Esther!! Thank you.
Karen Studders
01:26:15
Thank you Ester and and Rhonda for sharing your partnerships. Your creativity and flexibility beyond non-profit silos is saving lives!
Linda Seltzer
01:26:19
yes, great information
Brook Fadley
01:28:02
Thanks everyone!!
Michele Thomas
01:28:02
NHLP has great information for undocumented folks access to assistance: https://www.nhlp.org/campaign/protecting-renter-and-homeowner-rights-during-our-national-health-crisis-2/
Michele Thomas
01:28:37
Including how it interacts with federal laws and their ability to later gain legal status
Curtis Steinhauer
01:28:42
Thank you and have a fabulous week all.
Mindy Woods
01:30:09
There's still sweeps happening!