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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May 13 Tax Filing 101 for Homeless Service Providers

Event Summary Economic Impact Payments, more commonly known as stimulus checks, have been a lifeline for countless Americans struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.  Millions of Americas have struggled to claim their Economic Impact Payments, particularly people experiencing homelessness (check out this article in the Seattle Times for details). Those who have not yet claimed some or all their stimulus funds can still claim their benefit by filing a 2020 tax return. The Coalition on Homelessness, in partnership with United Way of King County, created these training materials to help case managers and mutual aid volunteers help people experiencing homelessness file their taxes, with an eye towards ensuring that stimulus payments get to those who need them. Presentation materials below: Workshop Presentation Slides: My Free Taxes, Get My Refund and Coalition on Homelessness Tax Prep Documents to Prepare in Advance Tips for Using Community Mail Programs Additional Forms: 3911 Check Trace Request, ITIN Application, and Supplemental Questionnaire for service providers. Stimulus Check Advocacy Follow Up: Community Mail programs (and they clients they serve) have reported issues with receiving stimulus checks from the IRS. We believe these addresses have been flagged due to fraud concerns. After collecting extensive feedback from clients and staff at our member organizations, we brought our concerns to our allies in the Federal government in hopes of reaching a solution. Thanks to feedback from our members, the IRS will be re-issuing stimulus checks to countless unhoused folks in King County. On Friday May 7, the IRS agreed to remove the address suspicion flag from the addresses we reported having issues, and have agreed to re-issue all retuned paper stimulus checks to clients at these locations. Payments will be re-issued within the next 3-4 weeks, we encourage you to follow up in mid-June to confirm payments were received. This …

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March 3 South King County Forum on Homelessness

Our next meeting is on Wednesday June 2 at 9am. If you would like to be added to our meeting email list, please contact Joy Scott or Saleena Salango Thank you to everyone who joined our Wednesday, March 3 meeting. On Tuesday, March 16, The Federal Way City Council will be considering a $400,000 proposal to build the first ever permanent single adult shelter in the city’s history, a historic step towards addressing the crisis of homelessness in South King County. This proposal is part of the city’s updated 2021 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan, which you can read here. Those who live and work in Federal Way have an opportunity to support crucial investments in safety and human dignity. If you want to make a general statement of support, please email your remarks to Community Service Manager Sarah Bridgeford.   To provide comment during the public hearing at the March 16 City Council meeting, you may do one of the following: Sign up to speak during the Zoom meeting by clicking here and specify you want to talk about the “Updated 2021 CDBG Annual Action Plan” as the “Agenda Item” Email your written comment to both council@cityoffederalway.com AND ck@cityoffederalway.com and specify you want it read aloud during the Public Hearing for the “Updated 2021 CDBG Annual Action Plan” Below is a summary of all resources discussed at the meeting. View meeting presentation materials here. South King County Mobility Commission: Part of the King County Mobility Coalition, SKCMC’s mission is to improve our region’s transportation network for people from all ages, backgrounds, incomes, and abilities. Services include a transportation resources line, offering one-on-one transportation support M-F from 9am to 4pm. Call 425-943-6760 or email mobility@hopelink.org. Other engagement opportunities, including a bi-monthly public meeting and weekly updates newsletter, can be …

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April 15, 2021 Membership Meeting

We were joined by homeless outreach workers and tax filing experts to discuss efforts to help people experiencing homelessness claim their Economic Impact Payments (AKA stimulus checks). We celebrated several key victories related to voting access, housing, and homelessness. With less than two weeks left in the state legislative session, we highlighted some key policy and budget priorities need your continued advocacy. We rounded out the meeting with timely resource updates, including an upcoming increase in SNAP benefits, tips on how to host a vaccine clinic, and an important community survey for nonprofit direct service staff. Read on for details, and sign up for our Coalition emails to get regular updates. Increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Thanks to additional funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the maximum amount a SNAP eligible household can receive will increase by 15% starting in April. This is in addition to the supplemental additional funding DSHS has provided since the onset of COVID-19, click here for details. These changes apply to all SNAP recipients, meaning that those receiving SNAP who may have previously only qualified for a small amount are eligible for much more assistance than before. If you are working with a SNAP eligible client who chose not to recertify due to how small of a benefit they were eligible to claim, please encourage them to re-apply to claim this resource. For more information see this flyer.  If you have questions about this or need assistance in starting an EBT application, call the Family Food Hotline at 1-888-436-6392 or visit their website www.Wafoodhelp.org. If you would like to request flyers or additional materials for your program, please contact Nelly Evans, Food Security Program Coordinator at United Way of King County.    Limited in-person services are available through …

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