January 20th, 2022 General Membership Meeting

We’re hiring!

The Coalition is looking for a full-time Office Manager to join our small and dynamic team! Priority deadline for applications is February 9th, 2022.   The Office Manager is a core position, helping to keep our internal operations running smoothly The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is good at setting up and maintaining systems, and who also thrives in working as part of a team in fast-paced, fluid work environment, and has excellent judgment with the ability to effectively solve problems and work both independently and collaboratively

HB 2075 for DSHS Access

In case you haven’t heard, state legislative bill HB 2075, advocates for the critically important issue of having DSHS offices open and accessible to everyone living on low-incomes and especially for our community members that are living unhoused. DSHS provides access to life saving safety-net programs and individuals and families need to be able to walk into a DSHS office and get through on the statewide call center. Take action and tell your legislators that access to DSHS is important and to support this bill.

Public Health’s Health Care for the Homeless Network

Seattle King County Public Health’s Health Care for the Homeless Network provided a review of COVID safety strategies. Watch the video to see the full presentation. COVID 101 Refresher Slides

Youth & Miranda Rights

Team Child presented on a new law that states law enforcement must provide access to an attorney for consultation before the juvenile waives any constitutional rights if a law enforcement officer wants to question, detain or search them. 

Call the Youth Access to Counsel (YAC) Line, 877-578-2333, and this number with your clients and colleagues. Check out the YAC one pager for tips on how to use the statewide 24/7 phone line.

Take Action Tuesdays:

Join Us for Take Action Tuesdays! These sessions are designed to provide you with quick and easy ways to advocate for the issues you are passionate about. They will also include a chance to hear about the HB 2075 for DSHS access, connect with colleagues, and learn about the legislative process. During this short legislative session we invite you join us for this weekly drop-in to learn more about the legislation our community is advocating for, like: 

  • An ask for $500 million (unspent Federal COVID funds) for affordable housing
  • The Housing Justice Act which will prevent landlords from denying housing solely based on a tenant or family member’s previous arrest or incarceration
  • Reinstate broad exemptions for TANF recipients beyond the federal 60 month time limit Increase the ABD monthly cash grant to at least the TANF monthly cash grant amount per recipient ($417)
  • Expand dental therapy statewide to improve access to dental care Increase access to healthcare for unaccompanied minors.

Want to Get Involved? Have Your Voice Heard? 

  • Register for WA Low Income Housing Alliance’s Virtual Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Days (February 1-3) Find out who represents YOU! Send your legislative district number to Maggie so we can leverage the power of the Coalition.
  • Put 1-800-562-6000 State Legislative Hotline in your phone for a quick and easy way to share with your representatives what matters to you.   
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Gathering Collaborative for King County’s Racism Is A Public Health Crisis initiative

An opportunity to serve on the Gathering Collaborative for King County’s Racism Is A Public Health Crisis initiative.

This is a group of community members that will take part in a community designed and led process to equitably spend $25 million of federal funds that will:

  • start to undo the harms of racism compounded by the pandemic, 
  • influence the County’s next budget cycle, 
  • and establish a longer-term vision for King County to become an anti-racist government.​ 

This Gathering Collective is the vision of the Racism Is A Public Health Crisis “Ambassadors & Amplifiers”, leaders trusted from communities most harmed by systemic racism and colonialism, brought together by Abigail Echo-Hawk, Dr. Ben Danielson and King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

For more information, view the attached flyer, visit the King County website, or contact King County staff at  kingcounty.antiracism@gmail.com. If you are interested in joining the Gathering Collaborative, share your interest and priorities by filling out this form.

Register for the February 17th General Membership Meeting. Early registration is encouraged in the event our auto response with Zoom link information gets caught in your agencies email filters.