Statewide Call, October 23, 2019
Facilitator -Ray Straka
Notetaker - Kiki Serantes
Who was on the call:
Ray Straka (Bellingham), Paul Moore (Bellingham), Kiki Serantes (WLIHA), Shelley Cohen (Seattle), Qween B King-Rios (Seattle), Sue Nickolls (Edmonds), Lisa Sawyer (Seattle)
- Shelley: The Everybody Poos campaign led by Real Change hit a snag. The issue will be voted on, and testimony will be shared. The goal of the campaign is trying to get 5 public toilets in the City of Seattle for folks experiencing homelessness. The issue is getting meetings with local officials, who keep saying their too busy. RAP members can help by contacting your council members if you’re in the City of Seattle
- Qween B: Want to host a voter registration day. Went to a city council meeting tonight, lots of people there talking about needing money for housing. Shared personal testimony at the meeting for housing. Women and black vigil day, remembering an individual who died while living on the streets.
- Sue: been working on severely disabled man who’s been homeless find housing He finally got cleared by the state, now trying to find him a home. Wanting to bring him into the RAP network.
- Ray & Paul: One week from tomorrow, the housing authority in bellingham is breaking ground on a new 200+ housing facility. This comes after 3 years of waiting. It will be 9 months before the first section ones get filled. Recently took a study at the landlord-tenant law, getting re-familiar.
- Lisa Sawyer: The Seattle budget hearing was yesterday. Everyone is voting on the everybody poos campaign. Full city council in attendance. Public testimony went over 9 o’clock last night. Public testimony started at 6 o’clock
- We have a new Resident Action Project recruiting video! We will launch it publically on our social media in the coming weeks. Discussed how to maximize reach, and some ideas were:
- Show the video at listening sessions in the areas we haven’t been to - helps out recruitment, hosting local events, voter registration
- Show the video at drop-in centers, once or twice
- Download the video to our phones and use it when we door-knock, etc.
- We had another successful RAP Summit that we can now put in the books! Resident Action Project members came together last weekend to develop skills and build power to change state housing policy at the third annual Summit for Homes.It was hosted in Vancouver, Washington, for the first time and 47 organizers & members join us for the event. RAP has welcome 114 new members since May 2019, bringing the total membership of the network to 933 members. That’s almost a 14% increase in a 5-month period. Reminder: If you attended this event, please be sure to complete the follow up survey that was emailed to you earlier this week. If you did not receive that survey link - let Kiki know and she can send it to you.
- Your Vote Matters and it’s election time! If you haven’t registered to vote in Washington state yet, don’t fret! You can still register to vote until November 5, 2019. If you’re already registered to vote and curious to which candidates have been endorsed through our WA Housing Action Fund, you can find that endorsement information online here. https://housingactionfund.org
- Drop boxes close at 8 p.m. that day. You can register:
- Online - you'll need a Washington State Driver License or ID
- Print - available in 20 different languages
- By mail - request form from your local elections office
- In person - find your county elections department
- Have them available in our offices in WLIHA