2019 August 15 General Membership Meeting Wrap-Up

We had a fun and informative general membership meeting on Thursday, August 15th at Southside Commons. State Senator Joe Nguyen from the 34th legislative district spoke about some of the hard fought changes to important public benefits programs. He emphasized that the bills that get passed are the ones that have the most attention and passion behind them, emphasizing the importance of member advocacy. Check out a summary of the 2019 Basic Needs Wins!

TANF and HEN law changes and updates

This was followed by a deep dive into the specifics of these changes led by David Hlebain (Statewide Poverty Action Network), Christine Long-Crossley (Catholic Community Services HEN Program), and Jason Austin (our Coalition’s Membership Organizer). David discussed changes to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF), a crucially important lifeline that provides a modest amount of cash assistance to families with children living below the poverty line. For years TANF has been difficult to access for many of those who need it the most. Some of the frustrating aspects of the program included a stringent “three strikes” policy, resulting in a lifetime sanction or ban for families who struggled with onerous on-going reporting requirements, and a time-limit that could not be extended regardless of circumstances.

Thanks to legislation championed by hard-working legislators in Olympia and advocated for by Coalition members and partners, families who were previously kicked off TANF are likely eligible again:

If a family was kicked off TANF due to:

  • Sanctions that led them to be permanently disqualified, OR
  • For reaching the 60 month-limit, but a family is currently experiencing homelessness

That family is again eligible for TANF due to these law changes! Please share this flyer and information with families you know who might now be eligible again.

In addition to common sense TANF reform, the recently passed state budget includes exciting changes to the Housing and Essential Needs Program (HEN). HEN provides a rental housing voucher and other support services to those deemed too disabled to work and with no income, and acts as the only assistance for many of the most vulnerable in our region.

After years of not adding additional funding to HEN, the state legislature passed a budget that included an additional $15 million in funding above what it has ever allocated for HEN before. Christine highlighted that while this was short of what the Coalition and other housing advocates requested this investment represents a significant shift in Olympia towards more support for rental voucher programs and will bring thousands of vulnerable adults out of the cold. Details of the housing voucher provided through HEN can be found in this sample enrollment letter. Below are a few key points to know about this program:

What does HEN provide?

  • Housing Payment Assistance: HEN issues monthly rent and utility payment checks of varying amounts depending on details of housing unit (see enrollment letter for more information).
  • Transportation Assistance: Clients are issued either an unlimited ORCA metro public transportation card for King County, or a gas card that provides 10 gallons of gasoline weekly
  • Hygiene Supplies: Once per month, clients may receive a bag full of toiletries and cleaning items; which may include toilet paper, laundry detergent, dental hygiene items etc.
  • Employment Assistance: HEN staff includes a dedicated employment specialist, and works closely with FCS-funded employment services to offer help with job search and job training assistance for interested clients.

What does HEN NOT provide?

  • Housing Placement: HEN does not maintain a list of available apartments, and is unable to place clients directly into housing. This is done intentionally; housing search is something clients need to be actively engaged with as a part of the program. Landlords must accept HEN payment, refusal to do so is a violation of our state’s Source of Income Discrimination Law.
  • Household Furnishings: While third party referrals are made when possible, household items such as furniture and cooking utensils are not offered through the program.

An important reminder, HEN eligibility is determined by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Once you have a HEN approval letter from DSHS, please call 206-328-5755 to enroll for services with Catholic Community Services of King County.

This information has been complied by Coalition staff. For more details on program specifics, please visit the HEN CCS website.

While the improvements are significant, we know that these there is still much work to be done. We closed the meeting by emphasizing the importance of sharing compelling client stories as a key element of fighting for additional funding.

Poverty Action is looking for real life accounts of the difficulty of trying to make it on $197/mo. We believe that we have a strong case to make for increasing the size of the Age, Blind and Disabled cash grant program (ABD), and need your help in making that case to the legislature. You can find more info about sharing stories here.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE: If you or someone you are working with is having an legal issue related to these benefits, Solid Ground provides free legal assistance to connect you with the assistance you are entitled to. More information here in English y también en español.

Updates from Membership Organizations

Emergency Safety Planning service from El Centro de la Raza to protect immigrant families

This is a service provided by El Centro de la Raza for undocumented immigrants in the US at risk of being detained or deported by immigration authorities that help them assign a person they trust to take care of their children and make decisions related to their supervision in the case that one or both of their parents are detained or deported.

Through this service, undocumented people are also oriented on how to protect the assets they acquired in the US if they are at risk of being detained or deported for not having defined their legal status in the country.

If interested,you should call El Centro de la Raza at (206) 717-0089 and set an appointment whenever you find most convenient. Their team of bilingual professionals are ready to serve you.

King County HEP A Update:

A Hepatitis A outbreak was declared by the Washington State Department of Health at the end of July based on multiple cases of hepatitis A in four different counties.  King County has had three confirmed cases in persons living homeless. We want to ensure that you keep aware of the situation, and have information, contacts, and resourcesto helpkeep your staff and those you serve healthy and safe. For more information on how to stay safe and healthy please visit this post from King County’s Helathcare for the Homeless Network.

In addition to this helpful info, King County Public Health is also making on-site vaccine clinics available to agencies and programs who serve the homeless. To request a visit follow the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TMDPS5T

Upcoming Coalition Opportunities

Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101 Workshop – September 26

It’s back to school season again, and in the spirit of helping every child have a fighting chance at success the Coalition is once again hosting a Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101 workshop. Come learn about what assistance is available to help unhoused children succeed, we will discuss some of key points of the McKinney-Vento Act and how to best take advantage of this assistance. This workshop will be hosted on Thursday, September 26th at South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave room #C122. Training is free but registration is required. Register today!

Voter Registration & Education Drive for people experiencing homelessness

Help the Coalition register voters this Fall! We work to make sure that people know You Don’t need a House to Vote and will be hosting a voter registration drive in October and November.

Volunteer Orientation with the Coalition is Mandatory prior to volunteering, there are two date options: 

  • Thursday, October 10, 6:00 – 8:00pm at Kent Panther Lake Library, 20500 108th Avenue SE, Kent 98031
  • Monday, October 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm at Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, 98118

Volunteers will be trained on the basics of helping people who are experiencing homelessness register to vote, key aspects of filling out the form without a traditional residential address, updates from recent (positive) law changes to increase voting access, the Voting Rights Restoration Act (for people with felony convictions), and more. Sign-up today!

Do you work at a service agency that wants to take part in our Coalition’s community voter registration efforts? We encourage you to attend one of the orientations as well! Email Hillary to let her know if you want to partner.

Lawn Bowling Party & Fundraiser: Saturday, September 14, 5pm – 8pm at Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club

Get your tickets now for a wonderful evening ~ a tasty salmon dinner, sunset over Elliott Bay, friendly games, and great conversation with people who care deeply about safety, housing, and justice for people experiencing homelessness. There are lawn bowling lessons for those new to the sport and the possibility of fierce competition once you have mastered your technique. 

Early Bird Tickets $25 | General Admission Tickets $35 starting August 25 (this Sunday)
Tickets available now through Brown Paper Tickets
Suggested donation: $100 – $1,000

Upcoming General Membership Meetings: 

Every 3rd Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle, WA 98118 in Columbia City
No registration is required and anyone is welcome to attend. 

Thursday, September 19th
Thursday, October 17th
Thursday, November 21st
Thursday, December 12th, Legislative Preview Meeting (note, 2nd week of December)
Thursday, January 16th 2020
Thursday, February 20th
Thursday, March 19th

HEP A Immunization and Other Resources for Preventing a Major Outbreak

Public Health – Seattle and King County continues to expand its campaign to prevent a major Hepititis A outbreak among people living homeless.  We are also expanding our collaboration with homeless services providers to quickly and urgently build awareness for staff and clients about the most important steps that we can collectively and immediately take.  PLEASE share this message and attachments widely within your organization—from executive leaders to program managers to supervisors to front line staff.  And please ensure that the flyers we are including a widely posted.

Flyers to share and reference:

Here are some specific updates that relate to the attached flyers

  1. The list of walk-in, low-barrier sites for homeless residents to receive a Hep A vaccination has expanded.  These flyers provide information on the current sites: Here are 3 flyers that provide the current sites: one for Seattle, one for South King County, and one for East King County.
  2. Reducing the risk of Hep A (and other highly contagious diseases) spreading at shelters and other service sites requires that ALL SITES create and implement a routine cleaning schedule that includes certain disinfection protocols.  So Public Health has created the flyer: Guidelines for Routine Cleaning and Disinfection
    • Note that the routine cleaning practices outlined in the new flyer are different from the much more intensive response that is required at any site has been notified by Public Health that a person with infectious Hep A has likely visited the site.  We have created the Final Hep A Clean Up flyer with instructions for the more intensive clean up.  (Both flyers include specific instructions on safely cleaning/disinfecting when there is vomit or diarrhea present.)
  3. In addition to sharing/following the instructions contained in the routine cleaning flyer and Hep A clean up flyer, homeless service provider agencies can help prevent a major outbreak by making sure staff and clients are aware of the following critical information about cleaning and hygiene:
    • Basic cleaning and hygiene helps prevent the spread of hepatitis A. We recommend that all shelters do the following:
      • Provide convenient handwashing stations with soap, warm running water, and paper towels
      • Ensure all toilets have toilet paper
      • Create, implement, and post a regular cleaning schedule:
        • Hourly: check that bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper, towels, and that warm water is functioning
        • Daily: Clean and sanitize all bathroom surfaces that are regularly touched using soap and water, commercial cleaning spray, and a paper towel, or cleaning wipes
        • If there is vomit, diarrhea or blood, or if you know someone with hep A was at your shelter:
          • Follow full cleaning and disinfection guidelines (see factsheet)
          • Remind staff/volunteers that good hand hygiene is one of the most effective steps in preventing hepatitis A and many other infectious diseases. Consider posting hand washing signage at all sinks. Hand washing should always occur after going to the bathroom, handling laundry, and cleaning, and before eating, drinking, or smoking. Hand sanitizers can be stocked but they are not effective against hepatitis A virus and should not replace regular handwashing.

Thank you for your help in spreading this information and collaborating with Public Health to do all we can do together to prevent an outbreak.  FYI…Check out a Real Change article in 5/1/2019’s edition that provides an overview of these efforts and also lists immunization locations:

Packed Public Benefits 101 Training at Washington Hall

Yesterday almost one hundred homeless service providers from across King County packed Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District to learn more about state DSHS benefits available to their clients. Lead by dynamic attorneys Sara Robbins and Katie Scott from Solid Ground’s Public Benefits Assistance Program, the training covered the recent changes to the HEN program and TANF, as well as Food Assistance, ABD, Medicare Savings Program, and more.  Asking for help is hard, and that is something folks that are experiencing homelessness have to do many, many times a day. Receiving help is easier when the person you’re asking is knowledgeable about the answers and can get you what you need, and that’s why we were grateful so many service providers took time out of their busy schedules to learn the ins and outs of DSHS. Did you know about Equal Access Plans (EAP), that are available for DSHS client’s with disabilities and can alter DSHS requirements to ensure barriers are reduced for people who need extra support maintaining benefits? Neither did myself or most of the people in the room yesterday, but now there are hundreds of people experiencing homelessness across King County that will benefit from their case manager knowing they can request an EAP for them to help them get and keep their DSHS benefits.

Although at the Seattle/King County Coalition we knew there was a demand for this kind of practical, real-world information that is crucial to the day-to-day lives of people experiencing homelessness, even we were surprised when the training filled up in a few days and the eventual waitlist of over fifty. This showed us the urgent need for more trainings of this kind, and we already have several in the works for the upcoming months – sign up on our website to be the first to now about new trainings before they fill up. Due to the demand there will also be a second, slightly condensed Public Benefits 101 training from 9 am -11:30 am next Wednesday, May 2nd at the South King County Forum on Homelessness monthly meeting. Registration is available on our website.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Reflection

We arrived at the Coalition office bright and early at 6:30 AM to get everyone on our HHADvocacy Express Bus. We had friends from Real Change News, Compass Housing Alliance, Low Income Housing Institute, and [please list all other orgs]! We passed around breakfast croissants and oranges while Hillary gave us an overview of the bills we were going to be talking to our legislators about and the basics of advocacy and the legislative process.

The red scarves we picked up in Olympia showed we were all on the same team – the housing and homelessness advocacy team!  The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance showed us how to send a mass text to our legislators to let them know that hundreds of people were showing up for housing and homelessness.  Afterward, we split off to a number of interesting workshops.  The one I attended was about how to use social media to reach out and educate people.  We learned some useful tips on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get our message to the most people possible.

From there we gathered with our districts. In my own district, the 46th, I met several people whose stories were so necessary for our legislators – Senator Frockt, Representative Pollet, and Representative Valdez – to hear.  There was a group of women who lived in manufactured homes, who owned their homes but not the land they were on.  The landowners decided they want to sell that land, leaving these residents, most of whom are seniors and disabled, facing homelessness.  I met a group of trans and gender-nonconforming people who had experienced homelessness, and when confronted with the lack of resources, decided to open their home to homeless trans people.  I met a young woman with the Mockingbird Society, whose childhood homelessness led to her being placed in foster care.

Unfortunately, Senator Frockt and Representative Valdez were unable to speak to us, due to the busy legislative session. We spoke to their aides and to Representative Pollet, who was able to make an appearance.  Our representatives had so many bills to look at that they definitely appreciated us bringing certain ones to their attention.  While all of them were on board with our legislative priorities, our support helps them push these bills forward.  The stories that we shared reminded our legislators why housing and homelessness issues are so important, and gave them real people to keep in mind while they fought for our bills on the house or senate floor.

After our meeting, I delivered our huge stack of over 450 advocacy postcards to each legislator’s office and then went to watch HB 2578, banning Source of Income Discrimination, pass in the House Committee!

We got back to Seattle around 6:00. It was a long day, but a fun and educational experience.  It was great to talk with other advocates and hear their stories and share strategies on how to make change happen.  Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day was such a cool way to see democracy in action!


I am revisiting this after the legislative session has ended, and every bill that we advocated has passed and been signed by the governor. When you’re up early in the morning piling people onto a bus, or scurrying around legislative offices delivering a handful of postcards here and there, I think it can be difficult to see what all that hard work is building to.  Our successes in this legislative session prove how worth it all of this is.  Our meetings with our district legislators were so valuable – a big part of advocacy is making sure our legislators are educated on the bills we want to pass and why they are so important.  Legislators are people just like us, with limited time and space in their minds for the thousands of bills they need to keep track of.  Our job is to tell them which ones are the priority, and clearly they heard us.

It is so fascinating to witness every step of the democratic process, from the advocacy stage to seeing a bill pass in the House, to seeing bills being signed by Governor Inslee. It’s also a reminder of the importance of voting, and by extension, the importance of our work registering homeless people to vote.  It MATTERS who our legislators are.  If we didn’t have the majority this year, so much of this could not have happened.

Looking back on this really puts everything in perspective.  Thank you so much to all of the people who helped us get here!

November 16, 2017 General Membership Meeting Summary

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy – WE WON!  Voters passed the VSHS levy by almost 70%!  Thank you to everyone who helped get this levy passed!
The VSHSL will continue funding the services it did in 2017 through 2018.  For this first year, at least 50% of the levy will be spent on housing stability, which is broadly defined.
Take this survey and attend input sessions to help create this definition.

NOTE>>>I’m not sure what we were talking about with “HDC supporting Executive’s transition plan.  Council and RPC have lots of decision-making power…

Seattle Budget Advocacy – It has been phenomenal to see the turnout of passionate advocates at the City Council budget hearings!  To keep this momentum going, we need EVERYONE to show up at City Hall on Monday, November 20, at 2PM.

Even though the H.O.M.E.S. tax was voted down, the majority of council members support an employee head tax that goes toward homelessness.  Council members Gonzales and O’Brien are putting together a resolution for Monday to create a task force for an employee head tax.  This resolution needs to pass!

NOTE>>>This is all outdated now.  Should I still write something about Seattle budget advocacy, or just cut all of this?

December 14 Legislative Preview and Annual Member Meeting! — Our December 14 meeting will combine our traditional legislative preview with state electeds and our advocacy partners with our FIRST Annual Member Meeting! (register at www.homelessinfo.org).  Feel free to bring a resident or colleague!

Let us know:
1.  What do King County legislators need to know about your program, services, and experiences to do their best work in Olympia in 2018?
2.  What questions do you have for elected officials?
3.  How will you engage your clients, guests, residents, coworkers, Board members, volunteers, and neighbors who are speaking up during the 2018 Legislative Session?

Volunteer Days are over for 2016, but you can help make back-to-school cool throughout the year!

These are Katherine’s reflections on Project Cool 2016:

Last Wednesday, a volunteer placed the final Project Cool backpack into a case manager’s van and I began to reflect on this year’s Project Cool Volunteer Days. As we transition to the next phase of Project Cool, I am able to appreciate Project’s Cool full year cycle and the breadth of people and communities the program touches. We have enjoyed each Project Cool volunteer day, and I feel lucky to have organized, packed and inventoried supplies alongside such fantastic volunteers! As we look forward to the next few months and connecting to community members through supply drives (want to host one where you work or play? Contact Hillary – hillary[at]homelessinfo[dot]org), we know that 1,417 colorful backpacks will enter the first days of school swung over the shoulders of students ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade.

Having only joined the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness a few weeks ago, I entered my first volunteer day with enthusiasm, excitement, and a bit of nervous anticipation of the amount of work to be accomplished in just a week. I could not wait to see the weeks of donation and volunteer coordination I had supported, as well as the year-long effort Hillary and Julia contributed to Project Cool, come to bloom! My expectations were surpassed and my qualms eased by the awesome volunteers that arrived with enthusiasm for each shift.

I feel hopeful for the future of the children that Project Cool serves after discussing many volunteers’ commitment to ending homelessness. Over the past week I learned more fully how raising a child can require mobilization from an entire community. Participants demonstrated how volunteering quickly builds community amongst initial strangers. Participants bonded over their passion for service to form productive, fun work teams. For many of these supporters, Project Cool has become a cherished tradition. Some volunteers even shared their experiences supporting Project Cool for up to 9 years (thank you, Hunskor family!).

Project Cool volunteers illuminated many reasons that can inspire someone to donate their time and resources. A few volunteers shared their own backgrounds experiencing Packed Backpacks for Salvation Armyhomelessness and understood firsthand the difference a Project Cool backpack can make. One mother shared with volunteers that her own children had received free school supplies while growing up and so she wanted to support other parents preparing their children for the school year.

Between rulers and notebooks, dental kits and crayons, inspiration and hope was also packed into each Project Cool backpack, and you can help fill bags for next summer’s Project Cool Days starting today! Here are five easy ways to get involved throughout the year, starting this summer and fall:

  1. Host a supply drive:
    Organizing supply drives are fun and have lots of room for creativity! You know your community best and how to most effectively to elicit donations — whether it is placing a box at your local community center or going door to door. Here is a helpful brochure on what to donate: Project Cool Supply Drive Flyer (with Wish List).
  2. Donate to Project Cool:
    Monetary donations are important and appreciated! All contributions make a significant difference in packing backpacks with the best quality school and dental supplies for students experiencing homelessness. You can donate today on our secure website and dedicate your donation to the work of Project Cool.
  3. Ask your dentist for dental donations:
    Heading to the dentist before the school year starts? Consider bringing in this Dentist Letter that asks for toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss donations.
  4. ‘Like’ Project Cool on Facebook to stay updated on Project Cool throughout the year, and invite friends and family to do the same. The more people that are connected to our social media, the easier it is to spread the word about awesome Coalition happenings!
  5. Volunteer next summer: This year’s Project Cool Volunteer Days are coming to a close but consider volunteering next summer! Stay tuned about when volunteer signups are available by receiving our Friends of Project Cool e-mails.

What’s next for the Coalition’s work in supporting homeless students? As part of our year-round advocacy, we host an annual Helping Homeless Students training for case managers, school employees, advocates, and community members to learn about homeless students’ educational rights. This training is coming up on Wednesday, August 24 at 9 a.m. at Highline High School. Registration is required, so sign up today.

Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents – ABAWDs – Food Stamp Requirements

Changes to requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents ZjQfuf0N(ABAWDs) receiving Food Stamps went into place on January 1, 2016. Sara Robbins and Katie Scott, Benefits Attorneys at Solid Ground, have kept the Coalition in the loop with requirements and exemptions to this policy, and provided resources for service providers and clients. This policy change impacts ABAWDs in Snohomish, King, and Pierce County (except for Tacoma and Lakewood). Please read below for information about the changes, and for information about how you can support your clients.

Feel free to read, review, and print handouts with information for clients, service providers, and about work requirements and time limits.

**IMPORTANT UPDATE: Individuals that are homeless and unable to work can self-report that they are homeless to DSHS. DSHS should not require any further documentation regarding homelessness. Individuals should be able to report this information to anyone at DSHS both in the Community Service Offices (CSO) and over the phone through the call center. Please contact Family Assistance at Solid Ground at (206) 694-6742 if this is not actually happening.

Here are some important highlights for service providers and clients:

  • ABAWDs who do not meet certain work requirements will only be able to receive 3 months of food stamps in any 36 month period.
  • These policy changes came into effect on January 1, 2016, meaning that the first round of ABAWDs will lose their benefits on April 1, 2016 (after the first three months of 2016).
  • Seemingly all people who receive food stamp benefits from DSHS received letters notifying them of a loss of benefits at the end of the first 3 months of 2016, regardless of their status as an ABAWD. (See an example of this letter here.) This means that:
    • Some clients who are not ABAWDs received this letter. They should call their local CSO to speak to someone in the ABAWDs unit and confirm that they will not lose their benefits because they do not meet ABAWD requirements.
    • Some clients without regular access to mail will have missed this letter. All folks receiving food stamp benefits should confirm their status of receiving food stamps as soon as possible by contacting their local CSO to declare an exemption to policy or find out if they will lose their benefits.
  • An ABAWD is defined as a person who:
    • Is age 18-49
    • Does not take care of any minor children
    • Is not pregnant and
    • Is capable of working
  • Work requirements that an ABAWD must meet to receive continued food stamps:
    • Work at least 20 hours per week, averaged monthly (80 hours/month)
    • Complete 16 volunteer hours per month at a Workfare organization
    • Participate in Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET)
    • In King and Pierce Counties, participate in Resources to Initiate Successful Employment (RISE)
    • Participate in state-approved employment or training program, such as LEP Pathway, AmeriCorps VISTA, or Refugee with Special Employment Needs (RSEN) Project
  • Exemptions in place for ABAWDs include, but are not limited to:
    • Receiving or applied for unemployment benefits
    • Student enrolled at least halftime in a recognized school
    • Unable to find work because you are homeless
    • Caring for a disabled person or a frail elder who is incapacitated
    • Participating in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
    • Receiving a disability-based benefit (SSI, SSDI, ABD, etc.)
  • How can you, as a service provider, help your clients?
    • ABAWDs will need their work requirements or exemptions to be verified. Fax a letter with your client’s DSHS ID number directed to “ATTN: ABAWD UNIT”unit at DSHS at 1-888-338-7410. Make sure to save your fax receipt for proof of sending. If your client already has a documented exemption with DSHS, they should call their CSO 1-877-501-2233 to verify this exemption.
    • For clients requiring assistance from Solid Ground:
      • Clients can call the Solid Ground intake line at 206-694-6742. These calls are returned within 24 hours.
      • If a client does not have regular phone access, they can visit the Solid Ground office at 1501 N. 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103 (office located on the 2nd floor). Solid Ground does not have the capacity to receive all intakes in-person.
      • Katie Scott can be contacted directly through email at kscott[at]solid-ground[dot]org with questions or to report issues with the process of declaring exemptions or contacting the ABAWDs unit at DSHS.

2016 Community Resource Exchange: Wed. April 6 at CenturyLink Field

The 2016 Community Resource Exchange will be held Wednesday, April 6th at CenturyLink Field.  Please register HERE as a service provider. Download, post, and share the 2016 Community Resource Exchange Outreach Poster.

This is a day where barriers are reduced to haircuts, dental checks, free shoes, a hot meal, transportation, and so much more! Click here for more info about the exchange, run by United Way of King County, or email exchange [at] uwkc [dot] org.

The Coalition on Homelessness will be hosting a Voter Registration table!  Email Hillary if you’re interested in more information about our voter registration work for people who are unstably housed, or if you’d like to volunteer.

Outreach Poster 2016-page-001

Recap: Single Adults Advocacy Committee 11/12/15 meeting: Employment Opportunities with the Diversity Initiative

At our last Single Adults Advocacy Committee meeting, we were joined by Sarah
Rothman, Diversity Business Partner with the Northwest Center at Amazon.NWC_Logo
The Northwest Center seeks to create a pathway to employment by breaking down barriers, and Sarah works to connect people with disabilities to quality employment through the diversity initiative. Everyone who is referred to the Northwest Center will be offered an interview with Sarah to determine a best fit for them and the potential employer. After interviews, Sarah provides next-step actions for the candidate, including interview and agency feedback.
Employment opportunities through the Northwest Center often involve customer service experience, and include cashier, mailroom, food service, and reception positions, among others. More information on open positions can be found on the Northwest Center’s website.

The Northwest Center and Sarah welcome referrals from service providers. Please reach out to Sarah if you would like more information regarding the initiative programs or to refer a client!
You can reach Sarah at srothman[at]amazon[dot]com.

Thanks again, Sarah!


Member updates from the meeting:

Hayden Bass, Outreach Program Manager with the Seattle Public Library: the Seattle Public Library is seeking to connect their programs with existing community organizations. Email Hayden at hayden[dot]bass[at]spl[dot]org to learn about the Library’s current outreach or to seek expansion with your organization.

Coalition updates from the meeting:

2016 will be a  year of case manager trainings:

  • If you’re interested in participating in a small workgroup or committee for planning these 3-4 trainings, be on the lookout for applications coming out in the next couple of months.

One Night Count is kicking into gear:

  • Learn about the different ways to get involved on our website.
  • Area Leads are in the process of contacting past team captains to confirm their participation for 2016 ONC.

Take ACTION!:

  • On Tuesday, the City of Seattle Councilmembers voted unanimously to add $2.265 million to the City’s budget as a one-time allocation to address the crisis of homelessness. Thank you for your support and hard work in these efforts!
  • Please join us in THANKING all City Councilmembers via e-mail, with SPECIAL THANKS to Nick Licata for shepherding this proposal through the budget process.

Legislative season is coming up:

  • Join us at our December 17 General Membership meeting from 9-11am for our 2016 legislative preview.