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Agenda for Thursday, April 16 meeting
- 9:00 – Introduction and welcome
- Poetry reading by Anitra Freeman
- Coalition Solidarity Fund
- Solidarity Fund – Rapid Response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Coalition on Homelessness COVID-19 Homeless Service Change Tracker
- Food Assistance Update
- Christina Wong, Government Relations Director, Northwest Harvest
- Seattle City Councilmember Gonzalez’s Bills
- Statewide Eviction Moratorium Extension
- Xochitl Maykovich, Political Director, Washington Community Action Network
- Updates to the temporary moratorium on evictions
- Public Benefits: COVID-19 Related Changes to State Public Assistance Programs
- COVID-19 Public Health Information
- Dr. Julie Dombrowski, Deputy Director, Public Health – Seattle & King County HIV/STD Program
- Coalition Staff Updates
- Advocacy work on hygiene stations
- Census 2020
- Veterans Assistance Programs
- HOLD Thursday April 30, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (sign up for Coalition emails for notice of upcoming meetings)
- Next Monthly Membership Meeting: Thursday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom (Please register for call).
Resources from the meeting
Public Benefits COVID-19 Related Changes
- Temporary Emergency COVID-19 Rule Changes on Public Benefits, presentation from Eric Tayag, DSHS
- One-page Washington State Public Benefits COVID-19 Updates, Solid Ground
- Northwest Harvest COVID-19 response page, with FAQ on food distribution changes
- Live map where you can find what food banks or meal programs are open for service and which ones are served by NWH, Food Lifeline, or Second Harvest
- Veteran Resource Guide, Department of Veterans Affairs
- King County Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers, Child Care Aware of Washington
- Hepatitis A infographic flyers for North/East King County, South King County, and Seattle
- Governor Inslee issued another Eviction Moratorium Order with many additions the Coalition advocated for, including extending the order to manufactured homes and issuing a freeze to rent increases for the duration of the pandemic.ding
- The City Council is looking for people willing to share how COVID-19 is affecting their ability to pay rent. If you or someone you know is able to share a story, they can be submitted via this form: https://bit.ly/covid-rent-story or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important COVID-19 Public Health Resources
- Here are a few important resources for you and your staff to be aware of (hopefully you already are!). Visit the Healthcare for the Homeless Network COVID website for more information: https://kingcounty.gov/covid/homeless.
- COVID Listserv: Every service provider should make sure to sign up for the County’s email listserv by emailing the email or visiting http://tiny.cc/COVIDCheck to receive timely and important updates.
- email@example.com email – if you have any questions or need support, email this email.If you want Public Health to come out to your site to provide support in helping you set up well, include FAST team request in the subject line.
- Wednesday 2-3pm meetings for homeless service providers hosted by Public Health
- Tuesday & Thursday 11am Q&A calls with Public Health: These calls provide the opportunity for homeless service providers to share questions and get answers from King County staff about COVID-19. To see meeting details and specific topics (sometimes they are general, sometimes more specific), click here.
- Thursday 12pm Homeless Outreach Provider Calls with Public Health: These calls are an opportunity for Outreach Workers to come together to share best practices and get updates on the ever developing COVID-19. To see meeting details, click here.
- COVID Hotline: 206-477-3977 If you believe someone at your worksite is showing symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have questions about how your program should respond we encourage you to reach out. If you are seeking assistance for someone experiencing homelessness, please say so at the beginning of the call so the operators know how best to direct your call.
- Additional resources, including a recently revised copy of the Sanitation and Hygiene Standards Guide can be found on the Healthcare for the Homeless website. We encourage you to check this site regularly as information is being updated.
Coalition Zoom 101 tips to help you feel prepared –
- We will provide the Zoom call registration link ahead of time via email and on our website. Visit our website and join our email list: http://homelessinfo.org/
- “Introduce” yourself by re-naming your Zoom name to include your name and organization (click the three dots in the upper right corner of your video/name box)
- Folks are muted upon entering our calls to allow folks to hear presenters and limit background noise, with the ability to unmute yourself.
- If you will be joining us via phone, please email Coalition staff to inform us. To switch between mute and unmute, press *6.
- The chat box is a great way to engage in conversation during the call with the host and other participants – ask questions, share information and resources. We may not have time to answer the questions that come through in the chat box during the call; however, we will do our best to follow up.
- We welcome feedback on our Zoom meetings! If you would like, contact the Coalition with any positive and constructive thoughts.