Annual Membership Meeting – May 16th, 2024

Welcome Back, Members!

It’s that time again – time for our Annual Membership Meeting, where you will get the same valuable community updates and announcements, along with an introduction to this year’s Board candidates and a celebratory overview of some of our most impactful work.

Summer EBT aka “Sun Bucks”

Those who worked with families receiving Pandemic EBT will recognize this program, now known as Summer EBT or “Sun Bucks”.

This supplementary food benefit can be accessed by any family with a K-12 student who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. This benefit works like food stamps and can be accessed through an EBT card (different than those who already have SNAP benefits) that is mailed in early June. Each family will receive $120 per card, per child, to last the summer.

Learn more about SunBucks on the DSHS website or via this community letter.

Families who will automatically be issued this benefit (and don’t need to take any action) include:

  • Families who have received SNAP or TANF benefits in the past year
  • Youth who have been identified as homeless, migrant, or in the foster system – locate your school district’s McKinney-Vento liaison at this link
  • Youth who have already filled out a School meals Program for their school district

*If a family earns less than $31,000 per year and has not opted into any of the programs above, they can fill out a School Meals program application for their specific school district by 6/30 – note that some schools provide free meals to all students if 30% of students are eligible – if they attend such a school, they must fill out an application to be eligible for Summer EBT.

Eligible families can still access Summer EBT after 6/30 but will have to submit a separate application that is yet to be released – we will share more information about this next month – register for our June Membership Meeting at this link!

To hear directly from our experts about Summer EBT, check out our YouTube video.

Board Candidate Review  

As a 501c3 member organization, we are required to host an annual meeting. A component of this meeting is to announce our Board of Directors candidates – these candidates are hardworking community stakeholders that aim to help guide, govern, and fund the Coalition on Homelessness.

Once voted on by our member organizations, our new Board Members will be announced at our June meeting.

Celebrating YOUR Coalition

Few organizations have lasted over four decades doing such essential, intensive work as organizing, advocacy, and service provision in housing justice. According to our Executive Director, Alison Eisinger, we may be the oldest independent advocacy organization responding to homelessness – establishing two years before the National Coalition to End Homelessness! In celebration of our work and our mission, we highlighted some of our favorite bodies of work that together, we make possible.

A few high points include:

  • Our Voting Rights & Registration program meets people with housing barriers at service sites across King County – we held 52 events in 2023!
  • Our advocacy is constant and varied – one of our favorite recent moments was transporting and preparing 30+ community members for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2024, including unhoused Burien residents.
  • Our Public Benefits are Key! Training series are popular as ever – we held 9 trainings in the past year with 535 attendees, many of which attended more than one training!
  • Our resources for youth and family providers, such as Project Cool, provided school supplies for over 1,600 students in 2023.
  • Coming up: You have multiple chances this year to spend time with the Coalition this Summer and Fall, like at our Lawn Bowling Party on 6/2 and an upcoming event at the Royal Room on September 12th – save the date and stay tuned!

Hear from Coalition staff directly on YouTube!

To hear more about all of these programs that can benefit our members and those they love, make sure you are opted in to our emails and subscribed to our YouTube channel!