The following message was shared with 902 people who signed our Change.org petition calling on Seattle City Council to invest $2.265 to Bring People Inside
Thank you as well to everyone who sent emails, made calls and signed postcards. Together we won! We’ll continue to need your help to make sure the money is used to bring people inside as soon as possible.
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH)
Dec 2, 2015 —
Dear advocates who signed our petition to #BringPeopleInsideNOW,
Thank you for your signature and support of the Seattle/King County on Homelessness’ and Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata’s proposal to allocate an additional $2.265 million for shelter and emergency services for people experiencing homelessness. On 11/16/2015, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to do just that; $2.265 million from General Funds has been allocated and was part of the 2016 City of Seattle budget signed yesterday by the Mayor! You helped show the support of the community, and councilmembers in City Hall heard the message loud and clear: we need to bring more people inside now.
The Coalition on Homelessness will continue to work closely with City Council and member organizations to make sure that we get people inside as quickly as possible.
The success of the $2.265 million depends on your continued support and help in encouraging City Council and the City of Seattle to bring people inside now by using funds for shelter and services as recommended by the Coalition on Homelessness.
We hope you’ll continue to take action with the Coalition. If you haven’t already, please sign up for the Coalition’s Action Alerts and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@Homeless2Housed).
Thanks again and keep up the great advocacy!
-The Coalition team
P.S. We sent Thank You Postcards to Seattle City Councilmembers and they’d love to hear from you too! Please join us in sending a note of thanks to all nine City Councilmembers.
Yesterday, November 17, 2015, the Seattle City Council Budget Committee voted 8-0 to add $2.265 million to the City’s budget as a one-time allocation to address the crisis of homelessness. These funds will be intended to provide new and expanded shelter beds, extended day center services, maintenance of skilled outreach services to vulnerable homeless adults, support of authorized encampments, and child care for homeless children. The Green Sheet (Council’s process of changing the Mayor’s proposed budget) can be viewed here, specifies that the $2.265 million will come from the City’s General Subfund, and outlines the process for spending the money.
We call on Seattle & King County leaders to #BringPeopleInsideNOW! Sign our petition urging Seattle City Councilmembers to expand shelter, extend day center hours, and open community centers in the 2016 Budget, and urging Mayor Murray to open community centers as he would in any other emergency
Dear Coalition Members and Friends:
You only get to declare a state of emergency once, so it had better count. In declaring a state of emergency, Mayor Murray and Executive Constantine have created a crucial opportunity to bring additional focus to the all-too-obvious crisis for thousands of people each day and night. They have proposed investments that, while important, do not match the urgency or scope of the crisis before us. We need to work together to change that.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Women in Black document how many people who are homeless have died outside or by violence. As of Veterans’ Day, the names of 57 women and men are listed this year.
We have much work to do. Please join us next Thursday, Nov. 19, to learn more about the States of Emergency declared in our community and in Portland, L.A., and Hawaii, and to develop additional actions.
General Membership Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at E. Cherry YWCA – See Agenda below.
Sign & Share petition to Seattle City Council & Mayor Ed Murray calling for an emergency response to #BringPeopleInsideNOW
Seattle City Councilmembers are making final budget decisions now, and voting on Monday. Please join the Coalition, and 300+ people who have signed our petiton. Urge Council to re-direct the Mayor’s proposed $2.3M for the Rainy Day Fund to bring Seattle residents in out of the rain now.Urge Mayor Murray to open community centers as detailed in the city’s emergency response plan.
Friday, November 13 ~ Everyone is welcome to a
Film Screening & Discussion: Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York
Location: Town Hall – LOWER LEVEL (1119 8th Ave, Seattle, 98101)
Time: Doors open at 6.00 p.m., Screening at 7.00 p.m.
More info: Click here!
Homeless States of Emergency in News & on 11/19 General Membership Agenda! Our Thursday, Nov. 19 General Membership meeting agenda is: What should a strong county-wide emergency response to the crisis of people without shelter look like?
Learn about the State of Emergency declarations in L.A., Portland, Hawai’i and Seattle & King County
Debrief the Seattle/King County declaration ~ what is known, what is not
What is happening in other parts of our state?
What are opportunities for advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels?
Get a headstart by reading this recent news coverage:
Every year Coalition advocates speak up in support of the most possible hours and beds for the King County Winter Shelter (currently operating in the King County Administration Building). Your postcards helped influence the following motion passed on Monday, November 9, 2015. Thanks for speaking up! We encourage you to read the motion below.
King County Council passed a motion expressing support for an expansion of the King County Homeless Winter Shelter for winter 2015-2016 and for a continued partnership with the city of Seattle for joint funding of an expansion of the shelter.
A. The King County council supports efforts to expand the capacity of the King County Homeless Winter Shelter from fifty to up to one hundred fifty beds for winter 2015-2016.
B. The King County council supports providing a location for an expanded King County Homeless Winter Shelter for winter 2015-2016, either at the current location of the King County administration building or at another King County-owned facility in downtown Seattle, or at both, and identifying new funding partnerships sufficient to cover any combination of rent, utilities, security and facility improvements as needed.
C. The King County council, as part of its continuing partnership with the city of Seattle in addressing the crisis of homelessness, encourages the city to renew its support for the King County Homeless Winter Shelter by appropriating funding sufficient to cover the costs of shelter management for up to an additional one hundred beds for winter 2015-2016.
The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is calling on the Seattle City Council to respond to the urgent unmet needs of homeless people with a new emergency investment of $10 million in shelter and services in the 2016 budget. This figure represents a realistic assessment of how our city can significantly reduce how many people are homeless outside in our city, starting this winter. These are not intended to be comprehensive recommendations – they are serious proposals that will help more people get their fundamental needs met through a strengthened and expanded network of emergency survival services.
More information about how we recommend $10 million be used most effectively is below. YOUR voice is crucial: if you live, work, or spend time in Seattle, Mayor Murray and City Council Members need to hear from you today. Simple instructions for how to Take Action are at the bottom of this post!
We recommend that Council use the current budget process to allocate new resources to:
Bring 750-1000 people indoors beginning this winter: Increase overnight shelter capacity and expand daytime services that meet people’s needs
Keep homeless people safer and healthier while they are outside: Take a public health/harm reduction approach to assisting people outside
Build on and reinforce our existing network of shelters and survivalservices: Extend hours and enhance staffing and programming where possible; find and fill in gaps between what people need and what is available
Estimated costs and specific opportunities:
I. Open additional overnight shelter for 1000 people: $6.5 million*
This conservative cost estimate presumes that Seattle will work to maximize capacity at existing programs (offer longer service hours or enhanced services or increased staffing support) and open additional shelters by working with local non-profit organizations, leveraging publicly-held properties, and calling on the private sector to join faith communities in offering space (both buildings and parking lots), financial and in-kind support, and volunteers to keep rental, utilities, and tenant improvement costs low.
II. Assist people in organized tent camps and those who are living outside by supporting health and hygiene, and providing additional daytime services
Basic operating support for organized tent cities: $250,000 – $500,000. These funds would support healthy and stable operations at existing and new organized camps, including sanitation (trash removal; porta potties; materials and other operating expenses).
Increased access to basic health and hygiene services for people who are homeless: $250,000 – $500,000. Fund extended hours and days of service at hygiene centers and work to increase access to public restrooms (with or without staffing) through partnerships with public and private entities.
Daytime safety and flexible support for people without shelter: $750,000. Extend hours and days of service at existing sites and offer new daytime programs so that people can move beyond survival mode, and focus on other activities.
III. Support crucial components of our homeless service system while leveraging maximum federal dollars: $1.75 million
We recommend that the 2016 budget includes $1.75 million to ensure that we do not lose valuable services that support homeless children, youth, families, and adults, and that we position the community as a whole to secure the most federal funds for homeless housing. Five local programs that currently receive about $3.5 million annually through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), may lose this source of funding in 2016. This is not a reflection of the value of these programs or the services offered, but is the result of federal funding priorities shifting. These programs provide valuable supports ~ other than housing ~ that homeless families and individuals in Seattle need and benefit from, including child care assistance; medical respite; public health services; case management for youth and young adults; and employment assistance for adults.
All nine City Councilmembers need to hear from you TODAY. They are making decisions about what will and will not be part of the budget right now. You can influence what happens for real people who are homeless in our community by using your voice in one (or more) quick ways.
Postcard: Write a message, sign, and mail a postcard in an envelope with a 1st class stamp.
Sample message: “I urge you to respond to the growing crisis of homelessness by creating more indoor shelter and services (day and night) immediately. Thousands of people are outside, struggling to survive, while public buildings stand empty or underused. Funding for human services is not enough to meet the needs in our city. Local leaders must respond more strongly. The current state is unacceptable. Please act now to bring more people inside by making an emergency investment of $10 million for survival services.”
Thank you for help us Turn Up the Heat! (We’d love to read or hear your messages and any replies you receive ~ please share them or send us a note.)
Many Coalition Members and Friends received Alison’s Action Alert in your email last week calling on the King County Council to create more shelter, and calling on the Seattle City Council to make a new emergency investment of $10 million in shelter and services. You are taking action and it’s being heard! Please keep sending postcards and emails (see great example from Coalition Board Member Ben Miksch) to your elected officials.
When we speak up together, we can make important changes to our community! You can influence what happens for real people who are homeless in our community right now by using your voice in one (or more) quick ways using the message below:
Sample message: “I urge you to respond to the growing crisis of homelessness by creating more indoor shelter and services (day and night) immediately. Thousands of people are outside, struggling to survive, while public buildings stand empty. Funding for human services is not enough to meet the needs in our community. Local leaders must respond more strongly. The current state is unacceptable. Please act now to bring more people inside.”
We have exciting new shelter capacity (limited time – through August 17 for now) for women in Seattle, and we need everyone’s help to get the word out to service providers and the community at large. This shelter is a partnership between the Salvation Army and Catholic Community Services, and referrals are through the Women’s Referral Center (Angeline’s).
The shelter is open every night, from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m., at the Randolph Carter Center (23rd and Yesler). Late check in until 10.30 p.m. is O.K. Van transportation is available.
What a meeting! Among the friendly faces were representatives from SHARE, YWCA, Plymouth Housing Group, Housing Development Consortium, Child Care Resources, Compass Housing Alliance, Housing Justice Project, Hopelink, REACH/Evergreen Treatment Services, North Helpline, Catholic Community Services, Recovery Cafe, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Jewish Family Services, Aridell Mitchell Home (Goodwill Development Association), Washington Family Counseling Service, ROOTS, YouthCare, El Centro de la Raza, Multi-Service Center, Year Up, and 2-1-1.
Following the General Meeting, representatives from even more organizations and community members joined us for our Street Drugs 101 + Naloxone + Related Laws training.
June 18, 2015 General Membership Meeting Report-back
Smoking Ban update – On Thursday, May 28, the Board of Park Commissioners voted unanimously (8-0) to pass a smoking ban in Seattle Parks. This ban will take effect 30 days after the vote, likely beginning in July. While this is still a disappointing outcome, it’s important to remember the impact of our collective action. By speaking up with many community members and organizations, we were able to influence the removal of the $27 citation, ensure a “Right to Dispute” be made available, and see to it that there is oversight of enforcement. An emphasis of education is also a feature of this policy. Read the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s release about the new smoking ban.
Now, we all have continued work to do to ensure that what is “in writing” is put into action, and that whatever plays out is brought to light. This means we need you, your colleagues, your friends and family, and, certainly, the people you serve who are (likely) most impacted by this policy to keep us informed about how the implementation and enactment of this policy plays out! Remember: the relationships we’ve formed with folks at Seattle Parks is part of the reason our advocacy is effective. When you speak up, people listen! Keep us informed by calling 206.204.8350 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coalition Updates —
The voter registration deadline for the August 4th primary is Monday, July 6! Help people you work with register to vote and make sure that your/their registration is current (download our flyer below). While it may not be a presidential election year, this year’s elections are very important because half of the King County Council and all nine of the Seattle City Council are up for reelection! These are the people who most directly affect our daily lives in Seattle and King County and since Seattle is re-districting, it’s a big year and important for everyone who is eligible to vote. Use our Homeless Voters’ Information guide to guide the process – the information about registering applicable, though the dates are for the last election. Visit our blog for more details and tips.
Volunteer Days will be Monday, July 13 – Sunday, July 19 with additional shifts on Monday and Tuesday, July 20 & 21 for backpack pickup and inventory of remaining supplies. Sign-up today through homelessinfo.org!
Interested in hosting a back-to-school supply drive? Contact email@example.com!
Share the love and spread the word about Project Cool!The Pastor Darla DeFrance at the Church of Hope, where the Project Cool magic happens, posted information to Columbia City groups and a number of people signed up to volunteer! Do you have an e-list or group that would love to hear about Project Cool? Feel free to loop them into the Project Cool magic!
Legislative Special Session #2: The Good/Bad/Ugly/Take — Folks, there is a real possibility of a state government shutdown. Why? Because there’s an important hold out — for a fairer budget that prioritizes housing and basic needs. Here are some call-outs:
At least $80 million for HTF, $100 million for affordable housing
HB 2263 will allow local communities to raise the funds necessary to help create more affordable homes and maintain valuable mental health services.
Restore cuts to families receivingTANFbenefits. I urge you to make sure that the final budget restores at least 9% of the 15% cut from TANF grants, and fully funds State Food Assistance.
Support our 2-1-1/WA Telephone Assistance Program /Community Voicemail systems. Please make sure $1M in funding for 2-1-1 is included in the final budget.
Just as we did at the meeting, we encourage you to TAKE ACTION and contact your lawmakers, the Governor, and Sen. Andy Hill to share your support. Use (and spread!) this TAKE ACTION FLYER to send this important message to the folks who impact these last days of the 2nd Special Session the most. (To print: print two to one page by using “printer properties”.)
June 18, 2015 Street Drugs 101 + Naloxone + Related Laws Training
Presenters Kris Nyrop (Defenders Association) and Mark Cooke (ACLU) led us through some pretty murky and at times complicated territory. Here are some highlights:
The United States leads the world in opiate use. We may just be 5% of the world’s population, but we responsible for over 90% of all opiate consumption.
Trends (over time) in drug use are very cyclic, and we’re currently in the midst of an amazingly high period of opiate overdose.
There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment. Drugs don’t effect everyone in the same way, though there are behavioral trends for certain types of drugs.
Naloxone (Narcan) will stop an opioid overdose in its tracks for 30-90 minutes, which gives enough time to keep someone breathing and to be transported to the ER. Naloxone is NOT addictive – it only serves one purpose: to stop overdose. It’s literally saving people’s lives and allowing them the option to work towards recovery. To get information, training, policy implementation materials, etc, about Naloxone. visit our locally-based friends and experts at StopOverdose.org. Are you a University District local? Contact Joe Tinsley at the Needle Exchange (firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-477-8275)
Good Samaritan Law and Naloxone Bill — A person acting in good faith may receive a Naloxone prescription, possess, and administer Naloxone. Anyone who seeks medical assistance for themselves or on someone’s behalf cannot then be arrested for being under the influence of or having small amounts of illegal substances on their person. However, they can be arrested if they have outstanding warrants, or if they have what appears to be (or is) a commercial operation of producing or selling drugs (for example: lots of plastic baggies, scales, substances). There is grey area because neither the Good Samaritan Law or the Naloxone law have yet to come up in a court case; boundaries have not (yet) been tested.
An important part of the training was the group discussion of how organizations have integrated – partially or fully – Naloxone into their work place. The range of experience was great, and still many staff said their organizations had yet to tackle Naloxone use/training, or had much to improve upon. For example, one organization said staff were trained but few knew where the Naloxone kit was actually kept. Questions to bring back to your organization include:
Do we have a Naloxone Policy? If not, let’s set that up!
Are staff regularly trained? If not, let’s set that up!
Can staff possess Naloxone, even if it’s their own personal prescription?
Do all staff, interns, volunteers, program participants know who has Naloxone training? Have we communicated this clearly in other, visible ways (e.g., signs)?
Have we trained all staff, interns, volunteers, program participants on Naloxone use?
Does everyone know where the Naloxone is located? Is there always a person in the room who has access to it throughout hours of operation?
Are the people who have access to Naloxone the people that program participants go to in case of an emergency?
Have we made it clear that Naloxone is accessible at our site? How can we create an environment that says, “You can come to us for help! We’ve got your back.”
Susan Christ joined the Single Adults Advocacy Committee to talk about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) new program in partnership with TriWest Healthcare Alliance. This program is a public-private partnership that will connect women Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless with meaningful, stable employment.
Here’s what Susan shared about the program!
In partnership with VA, TriWest Healthcare Alliance identifies employment opportunities by working closely with female Veterans with children to match their interests and skills with employers who value these qualities and recognize that our nation’s Veterans are ideal job candidates. Our benefits advisors will meet any referred veteran in the community or at a partner organization’s facility to obtain necessary referral information and begin services to the veteran.
Through a public/private partnership between the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, we can assist female veterans with a variety of services and benefits Services include but are not limited to:
Assistance with obtaining military records
Connecting eligible veterans with healthcare, housing and compensation or pension benefits
Placement with partner employers who have committed to supporting the TriWest Homeless Women Veterans Initiative
Peer mentor support after job placement to ensure job retention
Close coordination with local employers to identify opportunities
One-on-one, specialized interaction with female Veterans to assess skills and employment goals
Continued services by VA including housing assistance and healthcare
View the referral form, request for release of information and initiative fact sheet. Susan Christ mentioned that you may not have all of the information requested on the referral form, but it is fine to just fill in what information you do have and make the referral, they can fill in the blanks as they work with the veterans. Also, the release of information form can be obtained from the veteran by our benefits advisors at their first meeting with the veteran, so it is not absolutely necessary that this form is complete when the referral is made. If emailing referrals, please only include the referred individual’s first name and last initial.
You packed the room at our May 21 General Membership Meeting. Among the friendly faces were folks from Farestart, Sound Mental Health, Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Harborview, City of Redmond, Housing Development Consortium, Hopelink, 2-1-1, Solid Ground, Seattle Community Law Center, Compass Housing Alliance, ROOTS, Catholic Community Services – Aloha Inn, Jewish Family Services, YearUp, Lake City Taskforce on Homelessness, Real Change, Global to Local, City of Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Parks Department, resident of Pioneer Square, UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry, 45th Street Youth Clinic (Neighborcare), Low Income Housing Institute, REACH, UW Law School, YWCA Landlord Liaison Project. This broad representation from our member organizations and community as a whole helped facilitate important, timely dialogue with Seattle Human Services Department Director and Deputy Director as well as Acting Parks Superintendent.
I. Discussion with Director Catherine Lester & Deputy Directors Heidi Albritton Catherine stared by sharing her background, starting at age 4, to help us understand her motivations, perspective, and reasons why she does what she does. She has five over-arching focuses/goals for HSD:
Results. Generate results that are measurable, and that increase equity and decrease disparity. Measures vary, and need to be properly applied (e.g., quality vs performance vs outcome).
Public Stewardship. HSD has had audit findings each year for the last four years. This isn’t good for many reasons, two of which are: 1) calls the question about whether HSD can do the job, and 2) risks money that flows to providers.
Preferred Employer. Create a working environment that is positive and productive. This absolutely includes ensuring that providers have better, positive experiences working with HSD staff.
Innovation.(Let’s continue to honor innovations that already exist.) Spoke specifically towards “regionalism.” While this means different things to different people, Catherine wants to get a clear working definition that places Seattle as a part of a whole, and recognize that many other cities look to Seattle for their next steps. What we do matters to more than just Seattle because Seattle is a Regional City.
Prepare for Future Differently. Capacity gaps both within our provider network and within provider agencies exist and those must be addressed to move forward effectively. Capacity gaps include, but are not limited to: data and evaluation, fiscal, employee.
Aimed to be City of Seattle-specific context setting to benefit Mayor Murray’s understanding of his department. The City of Seattle has ~$40 million annual investment in homelessness programs, and yet we still witness, each year, an uptick of people in need. Here’s what’s on the table to address:
Service Models: intervention, prevention
Funder issues: “I wish these funders would get their stuff together” is a common, known sentiment among providers.
Efficiency in how HSD contracts: 550 contracts with 200 unique organizations is not healthy nor sustainable. Must get a handle on this.
Data and Evaluation Capacity: HSD needs to allow organizations to make use of the data they submit, and HSD needs to make visible how data is used
Other mentionable points of discussion: 1) evaluate and, when appropriate, scale pilots, and 2) system readiness and capacity, both within HSD system and in our community (of providers)
Highlights from open Q&A: Pilot time frame; existing metrics that concern HSD; gaps in provider network; Safe Harbors (tabled this discussion); Outcomes, especially for shelters; coordinated entry systems; Partnership among HSD and providers re: planning; Quality of service – trainings for people from a variety of different backgrounds (i.e. someone with a record might not have the education we typically say is required for a job, but has the experience – provide training in such situations to make sure people’s potentials are being reached & experience is brought in).
III. Being Homeless in Public: Implications of the proposed Seattle Parks Smoking Ban
Facilitation convo w/ remarks from Acting Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams and Susanne Rockwell
Overwhelming response regarding impacts of the proposed Seattle Parks smoking ban. In response, Parks will:
Eliminate citation ($27)
Create citizen advisory committee (approx. 5 people), whose purpose is to monitor enforcement data more regularly (e.g., every 90 days)
Create a quasi-appeals process (e.g., “right to dispute”)
Partner with Seattle/King County Public Health to connect folks with education about smoking and cessation programs.
Superintendent Williams stressed that the smoking ban will not result in the banning people from parks, which is in line with, and reinforces, changes to Parks policy in 2012. One could, after many warnings and couple with more egregious behaviors, be arrested; however, said person would never be banned from the park. Williams mentioned that he doesn’t think they will see people being arrested after 2 warnings because they will feel peer pressure to not smoke. Also mentioned Parks needs to educate about where people can smoke (sidewalks/public domain).
Principle surrounding the ban of smoking is similar to the ban on public consumption of alcohol and amplified sound.
Final vote will happen at May 28 Parks Commissioner meeting. Public comment will not be heard at this meeting, but all are welcome to attend (and submit written comment!). This vote is a recommendation to the Mayor to pass or not pass ban – then a letter is sent to the City Clerk and there is a 30 day pause on implementation.
Highlights from open Q&A: Exclusions Vape Pens and E-Cigs; Existing 25-foot rule; Discussion of Seattle Police Department enforcement and training; How citations would work; Success in other cities? Boulder, Colorado did this and it’s not going well; If we see a disproportionate effect on people who are homeless and unstable housed, then what’s next to fix?
IV. Good/Bad/Ugly/Take Action Updates: Olympia and (Seattle) Linkage Fee Legislative Updates . . . Robin Zukoski, Columbia Legal Services
There is a different dynamic in Olympia this year, and that’s a good thing. True, we still have much advocacy work to do to build stronger programs over the coming years, and to ensure that the final compromise budget is a stronger one.
HEN/ABD – no proposed cuts this year, and that’s a win (even if it doesn’t quite feel that way). However, you need to contact your legislators and Department of Commerce to tell them the importance of HEN and the ways in which it needs to be strengthened in order to serve more people and serve all people better. And be sure to stay tuned because there’s concern that Legislators may try to fund other programs by gutting HEN/ABD. We’ll be sure to alert you as soon as Robin sends us the word to take action.
TANF is not faring well, and needs our advocacy to ensure that final budget compromise increases supports for TANF and the families and children who benefit.
WTAP/Community Voicemail, 2-1-1 Funding: good advocacy campaigns are in motion. Continue to send Legislators your cards, letters, and love notes about the importance of this program. They simply don’t understand it’s value and that people depend upon it.
Homeless Students Stability Act is still in play this special session. Everyone agrees on the concept, but many disagree on the money component. Stay tuned for a TAKE ACTION alert.
Housing Trust Fund: $80M is our target number at this point, but it’s not a done deal. Stay tuned for a TAKE ACTION alert.
This was a GREAT year for Youth-specific issues. See Coalition’s blog posts about the big wins.
“Seattle is growing rapidly. Despite our work towards building a great city, the benefits of major growth and investment are not shared by everyone. We must act soon to keep modest-wage workers and their families from being forced to move away from our vibrant city because housing costs are too high.”
“An affordable housing linkage fee is a tool that can help Seattle remain a place for people of all incomes to prosper in place. A linkage fee is a per square foot fee on new development to mitigate the increased demand for affordable housing caused by that development. It’s time to follow in the footsteps of cities across the country and adopt a strong affordable housing linkage fee program.”
V. Coalition Updates w/ Staff
Project Cool 2015- it’s here – get involved to support students who are homeless! For more info, contact Hillary@homelessinfo.org
ORCA LIFT – What’s working? What isn’t? What improvements do you recommend? What ideas do you have to get more people signed up? What would make the sign-up process easier? We’re working on all of these issues, and will be submitting the Coalition’s recommendations to Metro and the City of Seattle shortly. Stay tuned!
Report back from the 25th Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness – We want to hear from you about your three favorite workshops! Send email@example.com your response.
Join us next month for our joint General Membership (open meeting) and Case Manager Training (RSVP required). Topic: Street Drugs 101 + Good Samaritan Laws + Naloxone. Mark your calendars – June 18 from 9.00-12.30 a.m. at the E. Cherry YWCA (2820 E. Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98144).