DSHS Community Organization Sign-on Letter

DSHS offices have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic. DSHS has communicated its intent to not fully reopen Community Service Offices across the state. A group of direct service providers and advocates (Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, REACH, Solid Ground, Catholic Community Services, and others) have been meeting with DSHS since June 2020 to advocate for DSHS offices to re-open to serve anyone in need of in-person services. Our direct advocacy with DSHS has not been successful. Community-based providers have seen how offices being closed have led to unhoused clients and clients with disabilities losing benefits and/or not being able to apply for benefits. We are writing this letter to bring this issue to the attention of the Governor’s Office, the Secretary of DSHS, Assistant Attorney General for DSHS, and the Office of Equity. If your organization would like to sign on click here.

EIP/Stimulus checks: How you can help before November 15th!

On Monday, November 8th, we held a training in partnership with REACH to offer assistance and information about how to support folks who still need to claim their EIPs (stimulus payments). The deadline to apply for stimulus checks #1 & #2 is November 15th, 2021. Included here is the recording of the training (with closed captioning), the slides, and our flyer that can be shared widely.

November 18th, 2021 Membership Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our November Membership meeting. We look forward to seeing you and sharing space at our December 16th Membership meeting which includes our 2022 Legislative Preview! This meeting will be two hours from 9am-11am The Coalition on Homelessness is hiring! This is the CORE position of OFFICE MANAGER at the Coalition. Thanks for getting this out to your networks. A full position description, salary range, and how to apply are on our website and here: http://bit.ly/CoalitionJob2021 Help us find a person who likes to set up systems and keep them in good working order, who relishes solving problems, and who sees the beauty in being the behind-the-scenes backbone of our small & mighty team and our broad & diverse community.*Priority application deadline: December 8, 2021.* COVID Vaccine Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Booster doses: Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines offer great protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death. However, studies have shown that over time protection against mild and moderate disease can decrease. Booster doses are recommended for anyone 18 years of age and older who are at least 2 months past their single dose of Johnson & Johnson and for some groups of people who received either Moderna or Pfizer and are at least 6 months past their second dose. Learn more at Seattle King County Public Health. Check out the Seattle King County Public Health Blog: Public Health Insider for tips on COVID and the holiday season. Read past blog posts for lots of great information on COVID and how to stay safe. Advocacy Priorities Inflation Adjustment: If you live or work in Seattle: City of Seattle budget will be finalized on Monday, 11/22. We have a foundational ask which is the 2.8% inflation adjustment. Email your Councilmembers today to say …

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October 21, 2021 Helping Homeless Students Workshop and General Membership Meeting

Seattle/King County Public Health and COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Mel Koziol from Seattle/King County Public Health joined us to share information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children. The presentation included information about the mature minor rule and information for children and teens. If you would like to review the slides from the presentation they can be found here. Mel Koziol – Youth and Young Adults COVID Vaccine Team-Public Health Seattle and King County mkoziol@kingcounty.gov Health Through Housing If you are a King County Resident, we need your help!  As a resident, your voice is critical. You can help urge the King County Council and the Regional Policy Committee to move Health through Housing (HtH) ahead by swiftly passing the HtH Implementation Plan.  TAKE ACTION King County and local jurisdictions have partnered to implement Health through Housing to create 1,600 units of emergency housing and permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. People who move into these 1,600 homes will have access to on-site case management and health and behavioral health services.  Helping Homeless Students Workshop Thank you to everyone who attended our Helping Homeless Students: McKinney-Vento 101 Workshop. A huge thank you to Kayla Blau, Mehret Tekle-Awarun, Samie Iverson, Joanna Tarr, Jenea Proctor Mills, and Julie Herdt for sharing their knowledge and passion with us. You can review some of the tools and resources discussed at the information session below.  McKinney Vento Liaison List Contact Information: Tukwila School District Liaison emails: Julie Herdt herdtj@tukwila.wednet.edu and Maryan Abdow abdowma@tukwila.wednet.edu Seattle Public Schools Liaison Emails: mkv@seattleschools.org Jennea Proctor Mills Seattle djproctormills@seattleschools.org

September 16, 2021 Membership Meeting

Washington Foster Care Pandemic Aid We will be joined by Jo Bechtold from the Mockingbird Society to learn about the Washington Foster Care Pandemic Aid. The funding is for young adult alumni of foster care in WA who are ages 23 through 26, who were dependent in WA (or dependent of tribe in WA) and spent 30+ days in an out-of-home placement between age 15 and 18.  The deadline to apply for Washington Foster Care Pandemic Aid is September 24, 2021. Come and learn who is eligible, how to apply, and how you can help people you work with get this benefit. Click here to visit Treehouse’s website for more information on eligibility and to apply. Click here for the flyer for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ Independent Living Program. Homeless Child Care Options Alex Barbaria with Child Care Resources will present information on the DSHS homeless grace period, the new King County American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funding, subsidy information for families experiencing homelessness and veteran families. Find the application for King County Child Care Financial Assistance Program here: https://www.childcare.org/family-services/?storyid=174 Child Care Resources info on subsidy programs and intake phone lines and emails: https://www.childcare.org/family-services/pay-for-care.aspx Intake Call 206-329-5842 (We are remote right now so it is a voicemail system but we will return calls within 2-5 business days) Email: subsidy@childcare.org SNAP/Food Benefits Updates Claire Lane with the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition will share the most recent federal and state updates regarding SNAP benefits. Take Action: Tell Congress to End Hunger in Budget Reconciliation Send messages to Congress, urging them to invest in SNAP benefits and year-round healthy school meals in the budget. These are the programs that have been helping to flatten our hunger curve and can give families consistent basic nutrition to pave their road to …

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July 15, 2021 Membership Meeting

#SummerSlowdown: No Membership meeting on August 19. Mark your calendars now and rsvp for Thursday, September 16! Child Tax Credit: What it is? The enhanced Child Tax Credit is part of the American Rescue Plan, which President Biden signed into law in March. For the tax year 2021, it expands the existing child tax credit to $3,000 from $2,000 for dependents 17 and younger and gives an additional $600 for children under the age of 6. Learn who is eligible, and how to help families you work with apply. Liz Olson with the Budget and Policy Center will join us to discuss. See Liz’s slide deck here. Child Care Legislative Session Highlights Sarah Brady from Child Care Resources will give an overview of recent wins for affordable child care in Washington state during the most recent legislative session. See Sarah’s slide deck here covering Child Care Advocacy Successes. Terrie Yaffe from Child Care Resources will share resources and information about child care and funding options for families experiencing homelessness including changes to Working Connections Child Care Program. Materials from Child Care Resources: Child Care Resources Subsidy Program (English) Child Care Resources Subsidy Program (Spanish) Child Care Resources Subsidy Program (Tagalog) King County Veteran Student Child Care Subsidy Flyer King County Veteran Student Child Care Subsidy Program Requirements Child Care Aware of Washington Parent Brochure (English) Child Care Aware of Washington Parent Brochure (Spanish) Bridge Proclamation The Eviction Moratorium ended June 30. In place now through September 30 is a “Bridge.” What does that mean for tenants in King County? Learn from experts at Housing Justice Project what this means for people who are behind on rent, and what they need to do next.  HJP’s slide deck: Housing & Tenant Rights Bridge Proclamation FAQ Interested in learning more about statewide updates and the bridge proclamation? …

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Voter Registration & Voting Rights Trainings

A recording of one of our July 2021 Voter Registration & Voting Rights Trainings. Event Summary The Coalition on Homelessness is invested in ensuring every eligible voter knows their voting rights and has the resources they need to vote, regardless of housing status or history with the criminal legal system. Many people experiencing homelessness and people impacted by the criminal legal system are eligible to vote in Washington. This training is for direct service providers or dedicated volunteers at housing and homelessness service sites interested in incorporating voter registration work into the services they offer. We discuss who is eligible in 2021, who will become eligible once our voting rights change in 2022, dates and deadlines for the upcoming August 3rd Primary Election and November 2nd General Election, as well as specific tips for helping people experiencing homelessness register to vote. Please take this voter registration planning survey to let us know what your needs are and how we can support you. Resources Referenced – Click here to view a copy of the slides from this training How to register to vote There are three ways to register to vote in Washington: Online: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx. Notes: Requires a current Washington Driver’s License or ID. Deadline: 8 days before the election. Mail: Fill out a voter registration form and mail it to the voter’s local county elections office. Notes: Does not require ID or license, but can use last 4 of social security number. Deadline: must be received by elections office by 5 p.m. on Monday 7/26 for the August 3rd Primary or Monday 10/25 for the November 2nd General Election. In-Person at a Vote Center (which open the weekend before the election) or the King County Elections office in Renton. Notes: Does not require ID or license, but can use last …

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June 17, 2021 Membership Meeting

State Legislative Highlights During our May Annual Meeting, we were unable to fully highlight all of the amazing victories during the 2021 legislative session. We’ll be joined by Representative Strom Peterson to discuss HB 1220, which will change how jurisdictions all over the state plan for growth and ensure that they plan for a range of housing needs– including emergency housing, supportive housing, and more. We’ll discuss the steps forward to more inclusive planning. Omar Cuevas-Vega from Statewide Poverty Action Network provided updates on all the changes to state public benefits from the 2021 legislative session. This will include updates regarding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Housing and Essential Needs (HEN), Disaster Cash Assistance (DCAP), and more. See Omar’s slidedeck here. Solidarity Fund The Coalition created the Solidarity Fund in the Spring of 2020 as a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the clear and disproportionate threats of this crisis to people experiencing homelessness.  The Coalition will be giving an update on the reopening of the application, the timeline and process. Read more information about the Solidarity Fund here. The application closes on July 15, 2021. Coalition Updates Voter Registration & Voting Rights: See Saleena’s slidedeck here. With the August 3rd primary approaching, we’ll give you some background information on dates and deadlines, a refresher on how to register people without homes to vote, and get your feedback on how we can support you in getting every eligible voter in your site registered to vote. We’ll also take a look at upcoming changes to voting rights for people who were formerly incarcerated, and what you can do to help spread the word about these changes. Take the voter registration planning survey here. Project Cool for Back-to-School: Each year, the Coalition helps homeless and unstably housed students prepare for …

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June 2 South King County Forum on Homelessness Meeting

6/1/2021 Hello SKC Forum Attendees! I am looking forward to seeing you next week for our monthly SKC Forum on Homelessness meeting! As a reminder, we will be meeting on Wednesday, June 2 from 9-10:30 on Zoom. During the meeting, we’ll hear some exciting updates from the South King Housing and Homelessness Partners staff. Formalized in 2019, South King Housing and Homelessness Partners (SKHHP) is the first-ever affordable housing collaborative of local governments in the South King County subregion. SKHHP’s mission is to increase housing stability in South King County by producing and preserving affordable housing by working together and sharing resources across the jurisdictions through a coordinated and comprehensive approach. SKHHP will be present an overview of their work along with information about their newly formed Advisory Board and how you can get involved!  We will also hear Coalition Updates from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, as well as information about King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program.  As always, there will be time for sharing program updates and community resources, so please come prepared with any updates or resource questions you may have. Thanks, and hope to see you on Wednesday! – Jason

May 20, 2021 Annual Membership Meeting

We debriefed the recently wrapped up state legislative session, discussed policy wins and next steps in implementation with Representative Tarra Simmons, Representative Nicole Macri, & Senator Patty Kuderer. We were joined by our newest team member Sara Robbins who will preview an upcoming Coalition public benefits training series to help you navigate new and expanded state and federal assistance programs. You got a chance to meet our new prospective Board of Director candidates and find out how your organization can become a Coalition member to be eligible to cast a vote in our Board election. We reflected on the past year of our collective work and express our thanks to meeting attendees with a small token of appreciation. Our meeting closed with the joy and healing powers of music from special guest musical performance from the one and only Reggie Garrett Read on for details, and If you find this content useful to you in your role as a service provider, please sign up for our Homeless Service and Housing Network email list. Statewide Legislative Advocacy Debrief The state legislative session has ended. Thank you all for speaking up during this state legislative session. Your advocacy helped us pass laws that will house ~1,600 people experiencing or at risk chronic homelessness in King County (HB 1070, which ensures the count can purchase properties to implement their Health through Housing initiative). You have also helped us pass laws that prevent homelessness and strengthen tenant protections (HB 1277, SB 5160, HB 1236). Other wins include more inclusive zoning laws that ensure cities can’t ban shelter or supportive housing (HB 1220), and voting rights restoration to people on community custody (HB 1078). We will highlight these wins and more on Thursday. Public Benefits Training Series Click here to take our Public Benefit Training …

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