Month: October 2016

Systems Transformation Stakeholder Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, October 19th for a public stakeholder meeting at El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144) from 9:30-11:00AM. This meeting will cover our Systems Transformation and will allow for a more in-depth review and discussion of the Focus Strategies report, the Poppe and Associates report and the subsequent implementation plan. All documents are available on the All Home website.

Several public meetings have occurred since the release of the reports in early September to allow community feedback on our plans for Systems Transformation including, the All Home Coordinating Board Meeting, special Community Meeting and Seattle City Council Human Service and Public Health Committee meeting, and discussions with partners at the Data and Evaluation Committee, Eastside and South King County Homelessness Advisory Committees, among others.

All Home, the City of Seattle, King County and United Way of King County are working diligently to align our efforts to ensure that we are clear about our expectations in order to support the nonprofit agencies that every day, provide services to people in crisis.  Our path forward will require all of us to work together, building on the expertise of nonprofit agencies here in our community, as well as embracing and using data and best practices.

Attendees are asked to read the documents referenced before attending the stakeholder meeting. Thank you for your participation.

Indigenous People’s Day

Seattle voted in 2014 to honor Native Americans, and their contributions to our history and achievements with Indigenous Peoples Day on what has traditionally been celebrated as Columbus Day. It’s an especially poignant turnaround given that in 1865 the City of Seattle passed a resolution banning Native Americans from living in Seattle. Other cities like Minneapolis have taken similar steps and cities like Houston, and Phoenix, are considering doing the same.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that we all are living on Indian land, and that without the displacement of its first inhabitants, none of us would be here. In King County, Native Americans experience the highest rates of poverty as compared to other races. Native Americans and Alaska Natives are also seven times more likely than whites to experience homelessness. We have a responsibility to address the disparities Native Americans and Alaska Natives face in our community. Indigenous Peoples’ Day calls upon all of us to promote friendship and understanding, and join with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in combating institutional racism and the lingering effects of colonialism.

Source of Income Discrimination Public Meetings

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is developing administrative rules pertaining to the Source of Income Ordinance, legislation that expands fair housing protections based on their source of income to all renters and creates new requirements for landlords.  This includes the new ‘first in time’ provision that requires landlords to offer tenancy to the first applicant who meets all the screening criteria necessary for approval.

We invite you to join two public meetings:

Thursday, October 27th at 6pm at New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle WA 98118. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about ordinance requirements, ask questions and raise areas that are unclear and that may require administrative rules.

Thursday, November 17th at 7pm at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. This meeting will be another opportunity to learn about ordinance requirements, ask questions and to review the proposed administrative rules. This meeting is an opportunity to provide in-person or written public comment on the proposed rules.

Childcare and language interpretation will be provided at each meeting. To request an accommodation or language interpretation please call (206) 684-4514.

Space is limited.  Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering for your preferred meeting date here.