Jim Dean, love the poster? behind you?
Not getting any computer audio. Do I need to call in by phone or is there computer audio being provided and it is a tech issue on my end?
Adan Espino Jr
If you are on computer audio it is possible the sound on your computer is muted... if you aren't hearing anything that is
Got it! Working now. Thank you!
To Mute/Unmute yourself easily:Windows: Alt + AMac: Shift + Command + AOn the phone: *6
This is Tedd Kelleher
For some reason I'm shown as "Emily Burgess"
If interested, I can update folks on foreclosure prevention efforts.
yes on foreclosure prevention efforts update by Denise, if time allows
Tedd -- if you go to your name at the top and select the 3 circles in top right corner you can rename yourself
Thanks Denise! We’ve got a pretty packed agenda, but we’ll try to find time :)
Can do it next week instead if that is easier.
Tedd, what about the National Guard?
How is commerce working to help children and youth experiencing homelessness at this time?
Are the limits still $10K per bed?
when will the new PSH O&M be released?
I have raised to local EOC, and King County wants this. We cannot understand why there is delay. Yes, working on specific tasks list.
Is WA state partnering with any corporations (Boeing, for ex?) to manufacture PPE?
At least in King County there are known issues with accessibility in existing shelters. What steps are being taken to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities in existing and new shelters?
@Denise Rodriguez, I would be interested on being updated on foreclosure prevention efforts.
Do we still know of future funds for those displaced from employment and seeking prevention funds?
We are still waiting on guidance on how to serve unaccompanied minors in Q/I Centers. This is urgent, particularly if it is going to require a bunch of additional hoops because we could have this situation at any time now. Any sense of when we will hae this?
Did counties provide estimates of costs to address COVI-19 and homelessness? If not would it be helpful for us to encourage counties to submit more global cost info to you?
are the agencies limiting assistance for people who request rent assistance / utility help?
Could a Landlord Mitigation Funds claim be submitted to pay for damages at a Motel caused by someone sheltered through a motel voucher program that has been implemented with COVID-19 $$?
Is Commerce working with schools to help children and families right now?
Imcome guidelines changes due to covid for rent / utility help?
With the lack of PPE and inability to distance at shelters esp in king county, is WA state aware of what other states' are experiencing with COVID-19 spread amongst the homeless community.
Adan Espino Jr
Are you worried that there will be too many applicants, even with additional funding, so some may not recieve any money or a reduced amount?
Is there any talk about the state providing more money for this? I'm hearing from many counties that these funds are great, but insufficient.
What will be happening with the stage 2 application of the modular housing trust fund?
Katie - re: your question about the landlord mitigation fund. Nick Yuva will have to answer that question and I encourage you to contact him: email@example.com
what is the plan for residents to pay landlords back the back rent owed? will a specific guideline be made available of standard for residents and Landlords?
The KC HEN program was given permission to halt recertifications in order to keep people on the program. We are still waiting on written guidance from Commerce. When can we anticipate that guidance? THanks!
This is Corina Grigoras. Housing Trust Fund team is planning to release the Modular solicitation for applications in the next month or so. We also plan to release our "traditional" Stage 2 in June/July.
Thank you Corina!
FYI - Our preliminary estimate is that the Commerce funding that we received will last us for probably a month. It is expensive to stand up all these new Q/I centers and additional shelters quickly!
Not sure where on the agenda this fits, but I would like to find out what resources are available to help people pay rent on April 1, as well as the question Kristina Morris just asked. We are getting tenant calls to the foreclosure prevention hotline, but don’t know if there are special resources available.
Ted Kelleher, your willingness to be bombarded and support for those in need is awesome; thank you!
I second Cynthia's statement! Thank you, Tedd!
I third Cynthia's statement!
Tenants Union is receiving lots of concern/questions around how to stand in solidarity with undocumented folks who will not be able to pay rent on April 1st and also won't be eligible for a lot of the public assistance programs. Any ideas/support would be welcome
Is there a list of the counties that have accepted the shelter funds?
Commerce resources and FAQs: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/covid-19-homeless-services/
Our General Contractor on a new construction project reached out to Gov. Inslee's office through the Assn. of General Contractors. I don't have full details, but they are comfortable continuing to work past today's deadline.
my concern and primary reason for asking the question regarding past due rents, is I would be concerned that if payment plans are not considered with very specific guidelines, some cases may create a greater burden to get caught back up and in the end we may have an incline with evictions as a result. I feel strongly that a very detailed expectation for repaying back rent and staying current in current needs to be considered once this is released back to “normal”
We are with you on that, Kelli! Staffing issues will be getting even more difficult.
Kristina, thank you for your emphasis on this issue. The Housing Alliance is very concerned about impacts of past due rent as well. We’ll touch on this a bit later in the call, and I’d love to connect with you after as well. firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree Kristina Morris and have similar concerns in KC
thank you. yes I would like to help be involved in the process of determining an effective realistic plan
John, Homes First in Lacey is also concerned about how to manage past-due rent. That is what maintains our org! Please include me in discussions email@example.com
Thanks Trudy, will do!
Are there any counties reporting active cases in homeless populations?
Laura Van Tosh
Greatly appreciate this report and the one prior. Is there a COVID job site online for major providers?
Joanne, King County is.
Laura, great question/suggestion!
John, Attain Housing also provides rental assistance for a large number of households plus we have low-income apartments. Please include us in those discussions.
John, probably not me in the long run, but I know the rental assistance and rent in Solid Ground's housing is an issue. Can you include me in that email and I'll get it to the right person at Solid Ground?
Laura Van Tosh
ADA mentioned earlier must be from funder to recipient. If not accessible upfront site could be shut down later. Seems efficient in many ways to do it right the first time.
Maureen, we agree with many of the points you are eloquently stating, see many same things in King County. We need the help of WLIHA and Commerce to get the Governor's focus on these issues.
How can our governor order "Stay at Home" without a WA plan to provide a home for WA's known 21K+ people experiencing homelessness people to stay in? Leaving it to local providers to act in their community is creating an additional burden on those who serve the most vulnerable. We need to protect homeless response system! Pierce Co demonstrates this.
Wow Maureen Thank you!!!!
That was great Maureen! Thank you.
Agreed! Thankyou, Maureen!
Yes, thank you! Well said!
Thank you Maureen! Spot on!
Thank you Maureen!
Yes, thank you Maureen! Would be great to see that summary in print! Important content to share for advocacy purposes.
Eloquently stated Maureen. Please share with us in writing.
Can I be included in emails with what Maureen shared?
Can WLIHA share Maureen's list of policy needs so we can amplify it? Thanks!
Laura Van Tosh
Thorough and appreciated. :-( about people that are gone now.
Second Colleen's request for WLIHA sharing Maureen's list
Yes, please do share all that in writing, Maureen! Critically, we need to elevate the attention on the plight of people experiencing homelessness and the people and organizations that serve them , especially in this crisis. No one is safe from COVID-19 unless everyone is safe!
It is critical that shelter workers be identified as first responders so they are able to access COVIID related needs. Thank you so much Maureen
Spot on Karen!
In Snohomish county we are desperate to find baby formula, diapers, food for younger kids and all the PPE for our shelter at the YWCA.
Commerce & WLIHA staff - please elevate this additional issue to people who can make a difference: We need to have Health Districts tell homeless shelter providers when someone who was staying in a shelter is getting tested or tests positive so that they can take additional preventative measures. Without this knowledge, we are all at a huge disadvantage in stopping the spread of the disease!
can we get ideas on how to support farm workers?
as far as advocacy
Sadly this is not even happening for those of us who rent apartments in multi unit buildings and know neighbors who test positive and die... I do not understand why WA DoH is not leading on this communication. The local PH authorities are overwhelmed.
Clara Duffy (they/them)
Can I be added to that list? firstname.lastname@example.org
Korbie Jorgensen Haley
Another issue we are seeing is seasonal Farmworker housing providers needing to set up isolation areas in shared housing and how that impacts their cash flow and debt service coverage. if Commerce can provide flexibility for their debt, that would be very helpful.
Please send suggestions for how to help farm workers to everyone. Support might come from surprising sources if we knew what would help.
I think it would be useful to get the list of points in the form of a google doc to see BY COUNTY what the common issues are (using the HAC perhaps) and where there are differences. The one thing that is a huge red flag from Maureen's list for us is the idea of using law enforcement to do outreach. We don't think that will be effective in our community and we want outreach to be directed through Health Care for the Homeless network and our skilled outreach providers. And we need more support for that outreach, and for what we're referring to as "shelter in place" for people who are unsheltered. KC folks are working on outreach protocols and they should be available to share soon.
I second Alison's idea!
Additionally, asking WALIHA to include in the document people on the call and our contact information so we can follow-up.
Need to extend eviction moratorium and foreclosure ban. State needs to provide fund to pay the landlords so they can stay in business, now.
Ditto about landlord bailout!
YES - bailout landlords. How do we keep our staff employed if we don't have rent coming in?
YES! Rental assistance and foreclosure prevention are linked.
Laura Van Tosh
Good spot in parking lot:Public information needs to be gathered for tenants and people who are homeless. Basically for people who do not have computer access! :) Working at state and county level (King) to get this accomplished. Happy to send this in with more detail. Info is not triclking down."
Yes, landlords and property owners need assistance as well so they can stay in business!!
Very true with libraries and congregations closed, which were where people got computer access before.
I have to jump over to another video conference, thank you Housing Alliance for organizing this and everyone else for all of your work!
Does WLIHA need help contacting the Gov re extended eviction moratorium? Would more of us sending that message be helpful?
As a non-profit providing housing, we won't receive rents either. Would we be eligible for Landlord Bailout?
I have the same question Kathy!
Kathy - same here! I am hoping that all 'small business' references include npos
Can we also get that data from 2-1-1
Michele, can you share the proposal you are working on for Gov when it's ready?
Who can we share that info with re: increase in demand for rental assistance?
Yes, we are seeing this too of people who have lost jobs, including landlords who also have lost other income.
thank you John and Michele!
Hi - we are proposing a “bailout” that would include nonprofit housing providers as well
email@example.com. Reach out to me if you have data or stories about the need for rental assistance.
I'm a little concerned we're talking about landlord bailouts. Working people will be expected to take a hit while landlords are made financially whole?
Thank you WLIHA
And agree that mortgage assistance/foreclosure prevention is linked to rental assistance. The Housing Alliance has also been pushing for foreclosure prevention funds and relief
I think the idea is that everyone needs help. If small landlords aren’t collecting rent, they will go into foreclosure, then both they and their tenants risk housing loss in spite of the rent moratorium.
Community Development Block Grant – $5 billion is provided for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to enable nearly 1,240 states, counties, and cities to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it, including the expansion of community health facilities, child care centers, food banks, and senior services. Of the amounts provided, $2 billion will be allocated to states and units of local governments that received an allocation under the fiscal year 2020 CDBG formula, $1 billion will go directly to states to support a coordinated response across entitlement and non-entitlement communities, and $2 billion will be allocated to states and units of local government, cities and counties based on the prevalence and risk of COVID-19 and related economic and housing disruption.In order to ensure resources are quickly deployed and meet the unique response needs to COVID-19, the bill eliminates the cap on the amount of funds a grantee can spend on public services, re
Laura Van Tosh
Sadly ironic we had all that money already. Finally it can be released and distributed.
removes the requirement to hold in-person public hearings in order to comply with national and local social gathering requirements, and allows grantees to be reimbursed for COVID-19 response activities regardless of the date the costs were incurred. This funding builds on $6.7 billion provided in fiscal years 2019 and 2020 by allowing grantees to combine prior year funds with new funding in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.Emergency Solutions Grants – $4 billion is included to address the impact of COVID-19 among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance. Eviction prevention activities including rapid rehousing, housing counseling, and rental deposit assistance will mitigate the adverse impacts of the pandemic on working families.Rental Assistance Protections for Low-Income Americans – $3 billion is included for housing providers to help more than 4.5 million low
Thanks! See you all next week!
-income households made up of more than 9.6 million individuals currently assisted by HUD to safely remain in their homes or access temporary housing assistance in response to economic and housing disruptions caused by COVID-19.
I think the group really needs to work on messaging so we are speaking with one voice.
This call and last weeks call were incredibly helpful
Can we get Amazon to donate 1,000s of kindles for all the people experiencing homelessness that are stuck in "shelter in place" situations in homeless shelters without much to do?
Thank you very much....I'm working alone in our shelter and this makes me feel less isolated and know that we are all in this together. Thank you!
Emily is popular! lol
Thank you WLIHA folks for convening this! Very helpful.
Thank you all so much for being in this togehter
Huge thanks to WLIHA!
Thank you all.
Thank you Commerce for all you are doing