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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Trudy Soucoup
01:13
I have no audio yet. Anyone else?
Louise Johnson
01:28
no
Trish Gregory
01:53
Do you have audio now Trudy?
Housing Alliance
01:53
What about now Trudy & Louise? Can you hear John?
Louise Johnson
01:59
No
Housing Alliance
02:11
Hi Trudy, we’ll keep participants muted for the time being
Maureen Howard
02:45
Is there an agenda and I just missed it?
Michele Thomas
03:02
Michele is here, just muted
Housing Alliance
03:21
Louise you could try clicking the up arrow next to the microphone icon in the lower left corner and check your audio settings. If you’re not able to hear, you could try calling in for sound.
Corina Yballa
04:13
This was the agenda from the registration email: Dept. of Commerce StaffSteve Berg from National Alliance to End HomelessnessLatrice Williams (Peer Navigator Training Program) - Housing interventions for people being released from jails in SpokaneBudget and Policy Center - Overview of public benefits during COVID-19Building Changes - Needs of homeless youth during COVID-19 and data needed to track and disaggregate COVID-19 cases by raceWe also hope to have another regional repor
Housing Alliance
04:51
Thanks Corina! It’s mostly still the same, maybe a couple tweaks.
Cheri Tinker
07:04
Is the Housing Trust Fund Modular Funding stage 2 going to be released soon?
Housing Alliance
08:13
Hi Tedd, Kim and Diane are both unmuted now as well
Alice Lockhart, 350
08:18
Could the agenda be reposted to chat? I got here just too late to see it.
Kimberly Castle
09:29
Good Morning Everyone!
Maureen Howard
09:54
Todd - can you do that - ask the state - if your county already has FEMA money?
Housing Alliance
09:59
Dept. of Commerce Updates: Tedd KelleherSteve Berg from National Alliance to End HomelessnessLatrice Williams (Peer Navigator Training Program) - Housing interventions for people being released from jails in SpokaneBudget and Policy Center - Overview of public benefits during COVID-19Building Changes - Data on homeless youth and racial disparities in COVID-19
Kathy Lambert
10:24
Dept of Commerce said that they will pay for empty rooms at this point. Redeploy as soon as we think we will not need surge capacity.
Megan Veith
12:16
Building Changes will be sharing COVID-19 data disaggregated by race and ethnicity, as well as data disaggregated by age
Coalition on Homelessness
12:56
Tedd, is Commerce considering that the economic downturn could create an opportunity to acquire existing or under-construction buildings at reduced prices?
Michael Parker
14:25
is your comment about ESG not covering our doc recording fee shortfall based on this 1st ESG disbursement -or -is it inclusive of the all the ESG funds in the CARES Act?
Emily Grossman
15:14
I think it was inclusive of CARES ACT.
Kirsten Jewell
17:12
What should we be doing to plan for the 950 inmates being released (and possibles more)? Do you know if they will have to have housing plans before release?
Housing Alliance
18:06
Kirsten - Latrice Williams will be sharing about what they’re doing in Spokane along these lines. May be helpful, but great question overall.
Kathy Lambert
18:58
What is the number of youth under 18 and how can foster care step in to help?
Katara Jordan
20:45
Just want to note that Paula Carvalho from the Raikes foundation is on this call and can answer specific questions related to the YYA/Students Fund Kim just referenced.
Housing Alliance
21:06
Awesome, thanks Katara
Galina Volchkova
23:02
Any update on the eviction moratorium extension? Our Homelessness Prevention program is experiencing increased demand for services now. Some landlords serving "rent reminder" notices, but we can't use it for rental assistance for some Commerce funding since there is no "risk for homelessness" yet. Many tenants who lost their income reaching out to us to get help with their housing crisis.
Coalition on Homelessness
23:19
Diane, that's great information about the LIHEAP flexibility - can you send a link or info about it?
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
25:05
If the federal relief isn't sufficient to cover the magnitude of the problem, then we need to be talking about a mortgage and rent moratorium (not just an eviction and foreclosure moratorium). Is that in discussion?
Michele Thomas
27:07
Re: the state eviction moratorium. The Governor’s office has assured us that it will be extended and that an announcement is coming.
Michele Thomas
27:56
Can folks send information to me on the which programs are still requiring eviction notices in order to provide rental assistance? MicheleT@wliha.org
Michele Thomas
29:58
Please make sure you have taken action to demand more federal funds for homelessness and rental assistance: https://default.salsalabs.org/Tda98bbaf-72b5-477a-b1d2-8f99e608d493/62d90c50-1aeb-4f2a-851c-40fdaa055d7d
Sofia Aragon
30:02
what does "ESG" stand for. What was mentioned was "ESG money"
Sarah Appling
30:36
Emergency Solutions Grant
Housing Alliance
30:39
Emergency Solutions Grant - federal funding source for homeless shelter programs
Sofia Aragon
30:49
Thank you Sarah Appling!
Coalition on Homelessness
31:59
Steve Berg - the concern is that the peak being reached for the general population is not the same as it being reached for people experiencing homelessness - we are concerned about delayed wave, and I think that's an important thing for you at national level to pay attention to. Thanks.
Natalya Verley
32:28
Will there be anything to address late fees.
Natalya Verley
33:00
I have a household that received a $95 late fee on April 10 and then an additional $5 per day
Rachael Myers
33:40
NAEH COVID-19 page: https://endhomelessness.org/coronavirus-and-homelessness/
Megan Veith
33:51
Peaks are not the same as things being over. Peaks are still high points.
Kathy Fleming
34:02
@Natalya - they should report to the Attorney General's office.
Housing Alliance
34:07
Natalya we have been advocating to the Gov’s team to ban late fees as part of extending the eviction moratorium. Can we connect after the call? I’d love to talk more with you about this. johns@wliha.org
Naomi See
34:18
Do you know when the RFPs for shelter fund from the housing trust fund will be put out?
Naomi See
35:33
specifically regarding the five million for Tiny House Villages and cottages and the 60 million for shelters?
Paula Carvalho
37:06
Re: the covid response fund Kim Justice brought up, please feel free to email me specific questions paula.carvalho@raikesfoundation.org.... Sorry, this chat is a little overwhelming :-(. High level: It's a statewide fund, will be available to non-profits and tribes working with YYA experiencing homelessness, funds will be flexible. It is one fund with two separate tracks, one focusing on YYA and one for students.
Corina Grigoras
38:39
Hello Naomi, the Housing Trust Fund does not have a competitive RFP for shelters. We received $7.8 million in the supplemental budget for 11 member-selected shelter projects (aka "direct appropriations"), so no competitive shelter-specific funds. However, shelter projects, in general, are eligible for funding under our "traditional" HTF funding rounds. We anticipate releasing our traditional HTF solicitation for applications in July. Award announcements are anticipated for December.
Corina Grigoras
40:53
The $5 million for "cottage communities" solicitation for application is in its planning stages. We hope to release it in the next 2 months or so.
Aisaya Corbray
41:06
Hi Corina, might you know about the funds for cottages? The stage 2 was said to be released in early 2020 - do you know when we might expect to see that?
Aisaya Corbray
41:13
Oh Thank you!
Lisa Sawyer
41:26
does anyone know if any new shelters have open
Lisa Sawyer
41:32
in Seattle
Corina Grigoras
42:14
Naomi, we will need to have separate funding rounds and solicitations for applications. The cottage communities proviso has very specific requirements.
Corina Grigoras
44:19
Aisaya, yes, the cottage communities solicitation will go out in the next 2 months or so. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions: corina.grigoras@commerce.wa.gov
Tedd Kelleher
47:48
The eviction moratorium extension in actively in the works (many legal details to resolve) and is expected prior to expiration of the existing moratorium
Nicholas Yuva
51:53
Landlord Mitigation Program has paid for damages for similar cases so long as there is a subsidy involved
Michele Thomas
52:24
Hi - here is some more information on the what the state is doing regarding releasing people from incarceration: https://columbialegal.org/states-response-to-court-order-falls-far-short-of-actions-needed-to-protect-people-living-in-washington-prisons/
Ryan Disch
55:28
Can we get a link for more info on the disaster assistance? Thank you!
Housing Alliance
56:19
Here’s a quick link Ryan: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/emergency-assistance-programs/disaster-cash-assistance-program
Kathy Lambert
56:33
Can Call Center use a call back mode as many companies do?
Mindy Woods
57:06
Great to hear undocumented people can get some assistance, too!
Kathy Lambert
57:12
Farmers have food and want to be able to sell to SNAP people. How can you help them do the needed certification to qualify to see under SNAP?
Michele Thomas
57:21
Hi Kathy, I asked that very question in a call with top DSHS ESA folks. I asked that they consider it.
Maureen Howard
57:44
Liz - do you have a talking points on what you just gave us?
Sofia Aragon
58:59
Hi Megan-could we have a copy of your slides?
Katara Jordan
59:53
Hi Sofia, We can make sure you get a copy of these slides! Also please feel free to reach out to Megan directly at Megan.Veith@buildingchanges.org
Cynthia Stewart
01:00:18
Send slides to all, please!
Katara Jordan
01:00:40
Will do!
Isaia.Vimoto
01:01:40
Do you have a Veterans data?
Sofia Aragon
01:05:15
Seems like a theme on challenges are that patients seem to be responsible for testing. What about requirements on providers and facilties to report data on those tested and/or treated?
Coalition on Homelessness
01:05:38
I understand people want to know whether there is any NEW shelter capacity in Seattle or King County, and the answer is NO. There have been NO additional spaces created, only distribution of existing shelters to spread people in especially crowded congregate shelters out (though in fact it may not be possible to keep guests or staff safe enough in congregate settings). Some shelter capacity has dropped, as shelters are not accepting anyone new. Overall, our recent assessment of local service network indicates that there is a severe constriction of services, in part because programs have closed, and in part because of the shift in service delivery models to comply with Public Health guidance, cope with loss of volunteers and inadequate staffing.
Megan Veith
01:06:08
Megan.Veith@buildingchanges.org
Coalition on Homelessness
01:06:13
There is also drastically inadequate access to toilets and sinks.
Maureen Howard
01:06:47
Same in Pierce County - re inadequate access to toilets and sinks.
Megan Veith
01:07:30
Currently, the state COVID-19 dashboard does not include data on veterans
Jamala Henderson
01:07:35
https://www.wliha.org/covid-19-resources
Housing Alliance
01:07:36
We will send out the notes and the recording of this call afterwards, including contact info for the speakers, so look for that!
Megan Veith
01:07:43
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Aisaya Corbray
01:07:48
Thank you!
Samantha Hill
01:07:50
Thanks all!
Corina Yballa
01:07:56
Thanks!