Statewide COVID-19 Housing & Homelessness Calls - Shared screen with speaker view
we can hear you
Loud & clear!
I can hear you!
I can here you..
Sue Edick here
Tedd, Kathy and Diane
I'm here also and can hear- my computer crashed yesterday so I do not have a cam/mic
and Corina from Commerce
IS there an agenda?
you sounds fine to me!
Question (sorry not to have submitted in advance): There’s a lot of encouragement in the media for people to not pay rent. Who is helping the landlords who still need to pay the mortgage? No widespread help for rent assistance / mortgage assistance. Is that coming from State/Fed level?
You could call in with your phone to avoid internet issues. Also, the less folks that are on video, the faster the internet connection will run.
Here’s the agenda, everyone!
For me, turning off video improves audio.
Suggestion: We love everyone’s beautiful faces, but it will improve our bandwidth and the quality of the call for you all to turn your video function off. Thanks!
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Any idea when that unemployment plan hits the streets?
We (KCHA) have construction related work going on in a number of areas that is considered ‘essential’ but we are concerned that Counties at Cities may shutter their inspection and other services that are needed to keep these projects moving forward. The Governor recently waived certain types of inspections and other services to keep new nursing homes and assisted living facilities moving forward. Is something similar in the works for affordable housing work? For instance, a proclamation that waives inspections/local government requirements in the event a local government has shut down certain services necessary to keep work moving forward.
hard to hear you, can you get closer to your mic?
I think that financial counseling will be important for folks who don't understand that the income will be tax
Karen S (Seattle, WA, US: GMT-7)
Democracy Now story on 3.30: "Housing, Not Shelters: Amid Pandemic, Homeless New Yorkers Demand Refuge in Vacant Apartments, Hotels." What is Washington State's plan to move 21K+ people experiencing homelessness inside??? Recall what Maureen shared last week about shelters in Pierce County! And UGM's 3 shelters in King County now on quarantine.
Sorry, you trailed off at the end there... technically registered as
So the numbers for Tier 2?
emergency workers, but what was the rest?
Tedd, could you please repeat that last pint about ESG and shelters that have reduced capacity by increasing separation?
And what was that emergency worker statute?
I’m hearing mid-April on Unemployment
Employment Security is posting on FB daily
But it will be retroactive
Tedd: does Commerce plan to issue guidance about use of congregate shelters in the context of COVID 19?
Any movement on a statewide “no sweeps” policy?
This is Diane Klontz and I am on a call this afternoon to discuss.
I can speak to what our County is doing to help us start/continue our project.
There is CDC guidance advocating for "no sweeps" policy across the US
Could use suggestions on best/most efficient use of different pots of money coming. Pierce County Emergency Management just got $15M in FEMA money.
Is there anything in the state eviction moratorium that addresses people not being evicted due to being sick or suspected sick with COVID-19?
It would help if you could give us template for local emergency management re the designation of registered emergency workers..
Speakers please turn on video!
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has the sample letter.
We are having to tell residents to be very persistent and patient when applying for unemployment; what are others experiencing around wait times?
And put yourself on video!
they asked people to turn off video to increase bandwidth.
*good clarification, thank you! (re: speakers only for video)
DANIELLE REACH PROGRAM Seattle
Is anyone taking notes on meeting and if so can they be sent out to group??
At Monday's press conference, Bob Ferguson said to contact the AG Office about any eviction / termination of tenancy. Does anyone know who the contact at the AG office is for that?
I'm ready to test audio. had to dial back in
Is anyone else using shower trailers? or laundry trailers?
We are hoping to get shower and laundry trailers available in Thurston County but nothing yet. All accessible hygiene services have been closed in Thurston County. It’s all Sani cans and hand washing stations at the moment which is obviously way less than ideal
nick, are you continuing with the tiny home village?
Great work Nickolaus!
How were you able to forgive rent for two months?
DANIELLE REACH PROGRAM Seattle
Im interested in the rent forgiveness too
what are people doing about late fees? source of funding to cover these?
We are not charging late fees. We do not use those fees as a significant line item in our budget so we are able to do that.
Trudy - are you a PHA?
I don’t think the $1200 is taxable…check IRS
FYI Sanitizing and infection control protocols for housing and other homeless services providers are available from the CDC and HUD. For example, see the resources at https://www.csh.org/resources/covid-19-guidance-for-supportive-housing-providers/
As far as we know now, the $1,200 is not taxable
National Guard activated to help food banks in Pierce County - to replace at risk volunteers
The unemployment payments will be taxable as far as I know
I learned that yesterday on a webinar. It is a"tax refund" so not taxable.
Re: comments around needing clarification from Public Health Depts, there are excellent national advocacy and technical assistance resources available from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (https://nhchc.org/)
Details on advocating for what kind of eviction moratorium? How will it impact evictions necessary because of safe and health issues?
Michele, Can you send the letter you sent to the Governor around to everyone? Thank you.
"Sick". Can we please define. Communities are rapidly temporarily housing individuals with behavioral health issues and "illnesses" or "sicknesses" could be an extremely negative unintended consequence. Can you please clarify or define "sickness"?
…...could illnesses be general used for preventing necessary evictions for safety in congregate housing, re behavioral health issues?
InterIm does- and runs housing!
firstname.lastname@example.org. Is that correct?
Contact John re: rental assistance needs - email@example.com
Neighborhood House in Seattle
lewis county, Jefferson county, and what was the third one?
Share your experience/stories.questions: https://bit.ly/WLIHA-COVID19-Connect
Resource page: https://www.wliha.org/covid-19-resources
Alex, Clark County was the one with a 43% increase
No apologies necessary! Thanks Denise.
As Tedd mentioned, there is a significant amount of CDBG funding coming from HUD, which has not traditionally been used for homelessness or rental assistance, but from what I understand the restrictions on its use for community services has been loosened. It may be helpful for local CDBG departments who have not spent money in this way in the past to get some guidance on how they can work with existing homelessness programs to get the funding spent as quickly and efficiently as possible to assist with COVID-19 response.
WACO, the Washington State Association of County Officials, has a list of counties and what they are doing with regard to property taxes. It's a living document being modified daily. If you provide me with your email, I can email you that document. Also- I believe that local county treasurers can work with individuals.
Nat. Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (letter re: stopping any sweeps during this crisis): https://nlchp.org/coronavirus/Nat. low income Housing Coalition resource page: https://nlihc.org/coronavirus-and-housing-homelessnessNat. Alliance to End Homelessness resource page: https://endhomelessness.org/coronavirus-and-homelessness/
firstname.lastname@example.org for followup or questions.