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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Maureen Howard
03:08
Please post the agenda. Thanks
John Alder
03:30
good morning
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
03:40
Here you go! See above for the agenda.
Maureen Howard
03:55
Thanks!
Cynthia Stewart
07:16
Thank you so much for the captions!
Jessica Lea
07:19
https://otter.ai/v/QI74aonmZNRyTStM9hqGX8FpcvjOgszk
Meghan Maury
10:14
Joining you all from NYC! Thanks for having me!
Teresa Clark
10:53
Thanks for being here Meghan!
Darcy Huffman
12:04
I'm a candidate for State Representative in the 35th LD
Laura Dixson
12:41
SSVF Community Liaison Manager (Focus on outreach)
Caroline Lopez
12:45
Thank you for joining us @DarcyHuffman!
NAJJA E. BROWN
13:27
Hello!
Lika Smith
13:51
Good morning- Lika Smith with the Pacific Islander Health Board of WA
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
14:37
Tedd you’re a co-host now so you should be able to share our screen
gena james
16:32
Tedd - The grant information says "The COVID-19 outbreak has reduced incomes for many Washingtonians, leaving them unable to pay their rent", can you help me understand why the eligibility for ERAP does not include demonstrating that income has been affected by the pandemic?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
19:27
For those who want to follow along on their own, here’s the Commerce web page: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/homelessness/
Joy Stanford
19:43
Is this just for "rent"?
Kirsten Jewell
19:44
Is that income including unemployment?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
19:55
And here are the program guidelines that Tedd is going through right now: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/s/kb5sds2gv4yc9n931j1e7f1dikvlyub1
Rebecca Royce
21:20
What does housing disrupted due to household member race, etc mean? How is that measured?
Kirsten Jewell
21:25
What if the By and For list does not include any organizations in our county? Or, if we are not able to contract with any of these organizations?
Rebecca Royce
22:42
Can you talk about the restriction to 3 months of assistance rather than 6 months?
Kirsten Jewell
22:43
Regarding the proportional spending to the community racial make-up - we have several different rental assistance programs going right now - will you be looking at this metric across all of our RA programs or just the ERAP?
Kitty Klitzke
24:18
Can you explain the representational portion more precisely. For example, if you just look at the whole population, that would result in far more white people getting help than BIPOC.
Joy Stanford
25:09
Then how do you stop folks from taking advantage of the system??
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
25:38
Kitty, the program aims to match the number of people served by the program with the number of people *in poverty*, by race. Rather than the numbers in the general population overall.
Joy Stanford
25:56
Thanks!
Laurel Turner
26:29
But not the extra $600/week, right?
Kirsten Jewell
27:01
Are you planning any TA sessions for sub-contractors of ERAP?
Kirsten Jewell
28:36
Yes, we are SO grateful for this additional funding! Thank you!
Rebecca Royce
29:15
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our unstable households! A TA session would be greatly appreciated!
Caroline Lopez
31:08
Thank you Ted! Will the grantees be sending out information to the “By & For” organizations that were listed? And in different languages?
Tedd Kelleher
31:45
Q: Can you explain the representational portion more precisely. For example, if you just look at the whole population, that would result in far more white people getting help than BIPOC.
Tedd Kelleher
32:10
ANSWER: It's in proportion to the people living in poverty, by county
Tedd Kelleher
33:52
Q: will you be looking at this metric across all of our RA programs or just the ERAP?Answer; Yes, we will consider alternate ways of measuring proportionality, and what you are proposing seems reasonable from what I know now
Kitty Klitzke
34:37
Perfect, thank you.
Tedd Kelleher
35:13
In terms of training, we will be providing videos on how to complete the forms, and are open to suggestions on other Commerce training
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
36:07
We will have time for at least one question for Meghan - please post here if you have one.
Karen Studders
37:46
So sad, but reality as COVID-19 kills people, the Administration and Corporations continue to roll back housing, human services, education, environmental and security regulations and so many citizens are unaware and overwhelmed. This HUD rulemaking is the second time the Admin is defying the USSCt - first was DACA. Toolkit is very helpful and necessary. Also need to contact all Members of WA delegation.
Corina Yballa
37:48
Thank you for sharing this and for your work, Meghan! I've been looking for ways to act on this.
Tedd Kelleher
38:12
3 months of assistance only. We hope to be able to extend the months of assistance to at least six, if funding allows
Meghan Maury
38:13
Partner toolkit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XEbOL7QDfJliEEy9WgbOCO1a052lMZMo2Cl8SMw0nq8/edit
Teresa Clark
38:19
Thank you!!
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
38:25
Just added the slides to the chat as well
Meghan Maury
38:28
Housing saves lives website: https://housingsaveslives.org/
Steven Herevia
38:30
could we get Meghan’s contact info?
Meghan Maury
38:37
mmaury@thetaskforce.org
Tedd Kelleher
39:11
Question: Will the grantees be sending out information to the “By & For” organizations that were listed? And in different languages?
Tedd Kelleher
39:46
Answer: Commerce has contacted By and For organiztions regarding the funds, and grantees are required to alos outreach
Caroline Lopez
40:44
Thank you, Ted!
Caroline Lopez
49:15
This is all so amazing, Kevin. Thank you!!
Tedd Kelleher
49:17
Question: What if the By and For list does not include any organizations in our county? Or, if we are not able to contract with any of these organizations?Answer: The contract terms explicitly allow an exemption from the requirement if after trying to identify orgs that can do the work, and none are found
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
49:27
Would be awesome to do work at the WA state level. Power-sharing & decision-making, etc.
Emily Strange
49:40
This is amazing, thank you so much!
Kevin Solarte
50:01
kevin.solarte@nis.us
Jessica Lea
50:37
YEEEEESSSS
John Alder
50:54
a national register of landlords would be good
Stephen Pagan
51:14
How about rent control?
Stephen Pagan
51:32
Or, even, a rent freeze.
Theresa Slusher
51:46
Thank you Kevin!
Kevin Solarte
52:06
Theresa good to see your name on here!
Kevin Solarte
52:12
And thanks everyone for your time
Stephen Pagan
52:20
Many of my clients are out of work, yet they still have to pay rent. Many cannot do that with their meager unemployment or disability benefits. This will force the majority of them into homelessness as soon as the eviction moratorium ends.
Kirsten Jewell
52:31
I agree that a regional approach would be better. However, our local level experience is that people experiencing homelessness move between counties in small proportions compared to the majority of people who stay in their own city/county. So, regionalization between adjacent counties would be most helpful. :)
Laurel Turner
58:01
Lisa: I direct a homeless housing agency in Chelan County and would love to visit with you. wrclaurelturner@gmail.com
Lisa Byers
58:31
Email: opalclt@opalclt.org
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
59:07
Thank you Lisa!
Karen Studders
01:00:15
Thank you Lisa for sharing San Juan's story, increasing homelessness and wealth gap.
Jessica Lea
01:00:23
XDDDDDD On point
Meghan Maury
01:01:07
I have to jump off for another call. Thank you so much for allowing me to join - please feel free to reach out if you're interested in engaging on the HUD rule! mmaury@thetaskforce.org
Nicole Palczewski
01:01:41
I also have to get on another call but this call has been eye-opening! Thanks again John and all WLIHA staff for keeping these going week to week!
Tedd Kelleher
01:01:51
Thank you Lisa for overview of the situation and response in San Juan; an interesting locally tailored response. Commerce is available to talk more about the sheltering funds, and I know the politics are complicated with sheltering
Natalya Verley
01:06:08
It's interesting that there is resistance to provide rental assistance when landlords and landlord associations are also asking for it... and they are businesses.
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
01:10:11
Federal money is categorically different from state and local government money, as states and localities dont have monetary sovereignty. Only Congress can provide the scale of revenue relief and economic stimulus.At the City of Port Angeles, we are planning to spend down our reserves to provide rent/mortgage/utility relief, but we are doing that balanced against our fiduciary duty to the City's own financial sustainability. Congress doesn't have the same concern; saying otherwise is disingenuous.
Karen Studders
01:10:23
@ Joey. Thank you. Senate has NOT passed a bill whereas the House has - 10+ weeks ago. Concern that House is "negotiating" when all we have is words from R's and no bill. Senate suggests and we cannot exempt corps from COVID-19 liability -unnecessary, existing laws take care of and few lawsuits filed. House needs to say: People over profits. . Impt to advocate in House, NOW to make rent assistance included and to provide funding to states and LUGs (local units of govt).
Xochitl Maykovich
01:11:00
is there any conversation around changing the deadlines for when the original CARES act money gets spent by state/local jursidictions?
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
01:11:05
Wow, that is amazing!
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:11:30
Xochitl I think that’s actually in the Senate proposal
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:11:44
Correct me if I’m wrong, Joey
Samatha Anderson
01:12:20
like food stamps except housing vouchers?
John Demboski
01:13:40
How are they "getting around it" (avoiding the SOI protection requirement)?
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:14:01
CDBG = Community Development Block Grant
John Stovall, Housing Alliance
01:14:07
ESG = Emergency Solutions Grant
Xochitl Maykovich
01:15:15
what's the likelihood of it getting extended past October 15th
Joy Stanford
01:16:32
Will community members be included on the task force?
John Alder
01:18:00
still need a 12 month repayment plan after moratoriums end
Nicholas Yuva
01:18:18
Is there concern that the ability to terminate tenancy for the purpose of selling the property will reduce the housing stock among Ma and Pop landlords that are financially strained due to non-paying tenants and is this a topic the task force will address?
Michele Thomas, She/Her, Housing Alliance
01:18:51
michelet@wliha.org
Laurel Turner
01:19:14
Good point, Nicholas. Hopefully, the buyers want to be landlords.....we can do work there?
NAJJA E. BROWN
01:19:22
Thanks! Good information. Very useful.
Samantha Adams (She/Her)
01:19:37
Northwest Justice Project and CLEAR for legal assistance and referral.https://nwjustice.org/get-legal-help
Laurel Turner
01:19:43
Thank you, WLIHA
Joy Stanford
01:19:56
THANK YOU WLIHA
Karen Studders
01:19:58
Thank you all!
Darcy Huffman
01:19:59
Thanks everyone for your work!!
Caroline Lopez
01:20:05
Thank you Michele!
Emily Strange
01:20:11
Thanks Michele!