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Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
Cherish Cronmiller
01:57
Jim Dean, love the poster? behind you?
Trudy Soucoup
02:36
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?
Trudy Soucoup
03:02
Yes
Amy Tower
03:03
Yes!
Adan Espino Jr
03:05
yes
Kathryn Reuter
03:05
Yes
Yuni Medlin
03:07
yes
Lacey Fry
03:10
yes!
Sam Jackle
03:52
If you are on computer audio it is possible the sound on your computer is muted... if you aren't hearing anything that is
Trudy Soucoup
04:21
Got it! Working now. Thank you!
Housing Alliance
04:45
To Mute/Unmute yourself easily:Windows: Alt + AMac: Shift + Command + AOn the phone: *6
Emily Burgess
06:56
This is Tedd Kelleher
Emily Burgess
07:20
For some reason I'm shown as "Emily Burgess"
Denise Rodriguez
07:21
If interested, I can update folks on foreclosure prevention efforts.
Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin
08:22
yes on foreclosure prevention efforts update by Denise, if time allows
Sam Jackle
09:17
Tedd -- if you go to your name at the top and select the 3 circles in top right corner you can rename yourself
Housing Alliance
09:31
Thanks Denise! We’ve got a pretty packed agenda, but we’ll try to find time :)
Denise Rodriguez
11:34
Can do it next week instead if that is easier.
Alison Eisinger
12:55
Tedd, what about the National Guard?
Megan Veith
13:23
How is commerce working to help children and youth experiencing homelessness at this time?
Alison Eisinger
13:24
Yes!
Trudy Soucoup
13:25
Are the limits still $10K per bed?
Kelli Larsen
13:38
when will the new PSH O&M be released?
Alison Eisinger
13:55
I have raised to local EOC, and King County wants this. We cannot understand why there is delay. Yes, working on specific tasks list.
Emily O'Hara
13:59
Is WA state partnering with any corporations (Boeing, for ex?) to manufacture PPE?
Kimberly Meck
15:21
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?
Alana Hall
16:00
@Denise Rodriguez, I would be interested on being updated on foreclosure prevention efforts.
Niria Lucatero
16:02
Do we still know of future funds for those displaced from employment and seeking prevention funds?
Kirsten Jewell
16:48
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?
Robin Koskey
17:01
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?
Danielle Goodwin
18:01
are the agencies limiting assistance for people who request rent assistance / utility help?
Katie Stephens
18:09
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 $$?
Megan Veith
18:25
Is Commerce working with schools to help children and families right now?
Danielle Goodwin
18:32
Imcome guidelines changes due to covid for rent / utility help?
Karen Studders
18:41
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
18:51
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?
Juliana Roe
19:10
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.
Cheri Tinker
20:18
What will be happening with the stage 2 application of the modular housing trust fund?
Michele Thomas
20:26
Katie - re: your question about the landlord mitigation fund. Nick Yuva will have to answer that question and I encourage you to contact him: landlordfund@commerce.wa.gov
Kristina Morris
22:25
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?
Dan Wise
23:06
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!
Corina Grigoras
23:33
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.
Cheri Tinker
24:12
Thank you Corina!
Kirsten Jewell
24:21
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!
Denise Rodriguez
24:27
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.
Cynthia Stewart
24:49
Ted Kelleher, your willingness to be bombarded and support for those in need is awesome; thank you!
Sam Jackle
25:05
I second Cynthia's statement! Thank you, Tedd!
Mindy Woods
25:32
I third Cynthia's statement!
Amy Tower
25:35
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
Melissa Taylor
25:43
Is there a list of the counties that have accepted the shelter funds?
Emily Burgess
27:52
Commerce resources and FAQs: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/covid-19-homeless-services/
Brien Thane
28:19
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.
Kristina Morris
29:28
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”
Tawnie Fransen
29:52
We are with you on that, Kelli! Staffing issues will be getting even more difficult.
Housing Alliance
30:45
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. johns@wliha.org
Miriam Clithero
31:41
I agree Kristina Morris and have similar concerns in KC
Kristina Morris
33:02
thank you. yes I would like to help be involved in the process of determining an effective realistic plan
Trudy Soucoup
33:02
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 ceo@homesfirst.org
Housing Alliance
33:17
Thanks Trudy, will do!
Kristina Morris
33:34
kristinapmorris@gmail.com
Joanne Pelant
35:10
Are there any counties reporting active cases in homeless populations?
Laura Van Tosh
35:25
Greatly appreciate this report and the one prior. Is there a COVID job site online for major providers?
Tawnie Fransen
36:06
Joanne, King County is.
Housing Alliance
36:42
Laura, great question/suggestion!
Kathy Fleming
36:42
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.
Kathy Fleming
37:30
Kathy@attainhousing.org
Marcy Bowers
38:08
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
39:38
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.
Alison Eisinger
41:07
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.
Karen Studders
41:15
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.
Amy Tower
41:32
Wow Maureen Thank you!!!!
Laurel Turner
41:38
That was great Maureen! Thank you.
Denise Rodriguez
41:43
Agreed! Thankyou, Maureen!
Sam Jackle
41:43
Yes, thank you! Well said!
Miriam Clithero
41:45
Thank you Maureen! Spot on!
Alisa Chatinsky
41:48
Thank you Maureen!
Erin McCann
42:05
Yes, thank you Maureen! Would be great to see that summary in print! Important content to share for advocacy purposes.
Karen Studders
42:14
Eloquently stated Maureen. Please share with us in writing.
Danielle Goodwin
42:32
Can I be included in emails with what Maureen shared?
Colleen Laing
42:33
Can WLIHA share Maureen's list of policy needs so we can amplify it? Thanks!
Laura Van Tosh
42:35
Thorough and appreciated. :-( about people that are gone now.
Sam Jackle
43:42
Second Colleen's request for WLIHA sharing Maureen's list
Kirsten Jewell
44:40
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!
Sherri Jensen
44:48
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
Mindy Woods
44:56
Spot on Karen!
Mindy Woods
47:26
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.
Mindy Woods
48:06
Agree Sherri!
Kirsten Jewell
48:16
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!
Danielle Goodwin
49:10
can we get ideas on how to support farm workers?
Danielle Goodwin
49:25
as far as advocacy
Karen Studders
49:45
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)
50:43
Can I be added to that list? clara@gaycity.org
Korbie Jorgensen Haley
52:38
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.
Cynthia Stewart
52:47
Please send suggestions for how to help farm workers to everyone. Support might come from surprising sources if we knew what would help.
Alison Eisinger
53:41
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.
Sam Jackle
54:07
I second Alison's idea!
Karen Studders
55:59
Additionally, asking WALIHA to include in the document people on the call and our contact information so we can follow-up.
Karen Studders
57:21
Need to extend eviction moratorium and foreclosure ban. State needs to provide fund to pay the landlords so they can stay in business, now.
Tawnie Fransen
57:25
Ditto about landlord bailout!
Trudy Soucoup
57:55
YES - bailout landlords. How do we keep our staff employed if we don't have rent coming in?
Denise Rodriguez
57:55
YES! Rental assistance and foreclosure prevention are linked.
Laura Van Tosh
58:05
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."
Gena James
58:24
Yes, landlords and property owners need assistance as well so they can stay in business!!
Karen Studders
58:58
Very true with libraries and congregations closed, which were where people got computer access before.
Pete Kurtz-Glovas
59:04
I have to jump over to another video conference, thank you Housing Alliance for organizing this and everyone else for all of your work!
Cynthia Stewart
59:46
Does WLIHA need help contacting the Gov re extended eviction moratorium? Would more of us sending that message be helpful?
Kathy Fleming
59:56
As a non-profit providing housing, we won't receive rents either. Would we be eligible for Landlord Bailout?
Yuni Medlin
01:00:21
I have the same question Kathy!
Trudy Soucoup
01:00:24
Kathy - same here! I am hoping that all 'small business' references include npos
Lee Murdock
01:00:32
Can we also get that data from 2-1-1
Christena Coutsoubos
01:00:33
Michele, can you share the proposal you are working on for Gov when it's ready?
Kathryn Reuter
01:00:41
Who can we share that info with re: increase in demand for rental assistance?
Allison Arthur
01:00:44
Yes, we are seeing this too of people who have lost jobs, including landlords who also have lost other income.
Amy Tower
01:01:15
thank you John and Michele!
Michele Thomas
01:01:16
Hi - we are proposing a “bailout” that would include nonprofit housing providers as well
Trudy Soucoup
01:01:25
Thanks Michele!
Housing Alliance
01:01:50
johns@wliha.org. Reach out to me if you have data or stories about the need for rental assistance.
Dinah Braccio
01:02:03
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?
Kathryn Reuter
01:02:15
Thank you WLIHA
Michele Thomas
01:02:19
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
Denise Rodriguez
01:02:56
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.
Sunaree Marshall
01:02:57
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
01:02:57
Sadly ironic we had all that money already. Finally it can be released and distributed.
Sunaree Marshall
01:03:24
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
Denise Rodriguez
01:03:29
Thanks! See you all next week!
Sunaree Marshall
01:03:33
-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.
Karen Studders
01:05:12
I think the group really needs to work on messaging so we are speaking with one voice.
Sam Jackle
01:06:37
This call and last weeks call were incredibly helpful
Kirsten Jewell
01:06:42
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?
Cheri Tinker
01:06:46
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!
Kathy Fleming
01:06:58
Great call...thanks
Cheri Tinker
01:07:22
Emily is popular! lol
Cheri Tinker
01:07:25
Forks
Pam Crone
01:07:26
Thank you WLIHA folks for convening this! Very helpful.
Danielle Goodwin
01:07:32
Thank you all so much for being in this togehter
Kirsten Jewell
01:07:36
Huge thanks to WLIHA!
Karen Studders
01:07:36
Thank you all.
Lee Murdock
01:07:37
Thank you Commerce for all you are doing
Sunaree Marshall
01:07:38
Thank you!!
Metesa Greene
01:07:38
Thank you