Last week, the All Home Coordinating Board unanimously approved an amended Charter that dissolves the current Coordinating Board and Executive Committee and replaces them with a singular, smaller and more action-oriented Board. The new Coordinating Board positions are open to the public. Applications will be accepted through November 23, with the Executive Committee meeting a final time in December to select membership. To apply online, click here. Please contact Felicia at Felicia.Salcedo@allhomekc.org with any questions.
Thank you to everyone who shared their time and talent as a member of our Coordinating Board over the last year. We look forward to our continued partnerships and collaboration to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County.
WeCount.org has installed 12 Box of Sox around Seattle for those in our community who need clean socks! These metal newspaper-style boxes, marked with the WeCount logo, are for anyone to use. Do you need socks? Take socks! Do you want to donate clean socks? Give socks! Not having access to clean and dry socks can cause health issues for people who are not able to use laundry facilities. WeCount is partnering with faith-based congregations, social service agencies, community groups, and schools to “adopt a box” by hosting a sock drive and keeping one or more nearby boxes filled throughout the winter. Please contact them at info@WeCount.org if you’d like to help.
You can check out their Box of Sox locations here.
In light of recent eviction notices at multiple properties in the City of Renton, All Home took two actions. All Home secured philanthropic funding to support the families being evicted from Renton Woods Apartments by out-of-state property owners. These funds will allow these families, and children, to pay the fees necessary to get into their new homes. The Julia Love Pritt Family Foundation has stepped up, with a generous and responsive gift of $25,000. The City of Renton and local nonprofits are also supporting these families to relocate. However, these types of evictions are happening county, and statewide.
We cannot expect local government and philanthropy to come to the rescue every time. Therefore, All Home adopted a policy statement on source of income discrimination (SOID) urging all cities in King County to adopt laws to protect renters from being evicted or screened out of housing on the basis of their source of income. In addition to advocating for SOID protections at the local level, we have also called for a statewide ban through our State Legislative Priorities for the 2017 legislative session.
The All Home Coordinating Board recently approved State Legislative Priorities for the 2017 legislative session. The priorities were developed by the All Home Policy Sub-committee in close collaboration with other advocacy and community partners. The priorities address the continued need for affordable housing, racial equity and sustainable funding to support our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time.
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.
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.