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.
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.
Our community is committed to expanding housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness. Rapid access to permanent housing is the foundation to which recovery and stability can begin. In two recently released reports by Focus Strategies and Barbara Poppe and associates, diversion and rapid re-housing are identified as primary solutions to ending the crisis of homelessness our community currently faces. As the reports have emphasized, expanding rapid re-housing for all people experiencing homelessness requires resources in the form of rental assistance, supportive services and housing location. Particularly in the housing climate our region faces today, the search for affordable and creative housing solutions is particularly challenging. In addition to our region’s efforts to expand access to and build more affordable housing, we need strategies that will identify and expand affordable solutions for people experiencing homelessness now. We can’t wait to build new properties. We need action now!
In that vein, we are excited to announce two resources specifically to build local capacity in housing location and landlord engagement strategies, supporting our rapid re-housing efforts and expanding housing solutions for all people experiencing homelessness:
King County Landlord Liaison Project
King County Department of Community and Human Services has announced an RFP with approximately $465,000 of joint funds from King County, the City of Seattle and United Way of King County for landlord engagement strategies. The RFP builds on lessons learned by the YWCA Landlord Liaison Project and promising landlord engagement strategies from other communities. Details of this RFP can be found on King County’s procurement website.
Building Changes Washington Youth and Families Fund System Innovation Grant
Building Changes is committing an additional $400,000 to landlord liaison and housing locator activities in coordination with All Home, King County, the City of Seattle, and United Way of King County.
These resources come at a critical time. Local providers are expending tremendous effort to assist people experiencing homelessness find and keep housing options that are safe and affordable. And the numbers show this. In 2015, 1008 households were housed through RRH. We are making it work despite the housing crisis our community faces. That said, in order to expand housing solutions to even more people and to do so quickly in order to assist the people sleeping outside today, we need to expand our community’s efforts to build partnerships with landlords and other housing partners. These resources do that.
For questions, please reach out to Triina Van.
The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is seeking proposals for a single entity to engage, recruit and establish partnerships with landlords and property management companies countywide to improve access to rental housing. Approximately $465,000 annually is available for staffing and other project costs to support this effort funded jointly by King County, United Way King County and the City of Seattle. The selected entity will employ expert staff to engage landlords large and small, negotiate reduced screening criteria, provide as needed education and assistance to landlords, and maintain a database of property partners. The initial two-year contract will begin January 1, 2017, with contract continuation contingent upon fund availability and performance. To review or download a copy of this RFP, visit: https://procurement.kingcounty.gov/procurement_ovr/default.aspx.