Statewide Call, September 25, 2019
Facilitator - Emily Strange
Notetaker - Kiki Serantes
Who was on the call:
Kiki Serantes (WLIHA), Emily Strange (WLIHA), Sheila, Barb Kalber (Puyallup), Tony (Seattle), Mindy (Edmonds), Shelley (Seattle), Ren (Vancouver), Sue (Edmonds), Jennifer (Edmonds), Pamela (Edmonds), Lisa Striedinger (Centralia).
- Sheila: Discussed the issues of screening fees in Thurston County. One client was told they were going to be charged upwards of $25 per person for one screening fee - including minors. She mentioned that if you have a family of 4 that would be upwards of $100. It was suggested to look into Housing Justice Project.
- Ren: Discussed excited and prepping for the annual Resident Action Project Summit. Ren is also gearing up for an awareness walk coming up on October 6th in Vancouver. The navigation center there recently had to be moved, making it farther from the encampment than previously. There’s a ton of NIMBYism from the surrounding community with the center’s new location. This event, which will include speakers and food, will be focused on having conversations with each other not about each other. One goal is getting ideas on respect and dignity in a way where we are trying to understand each other, coming up with some next steps. After the speakers, we will walk the distance from the navigation center’s new location to where most folks are camped out.
- Mindy: Focused on getting ready for the Snohomish regional housing affordability task force together that includes different decision makers. Mindy and different advocates have been putting together recommendations for them on how to address the lack of affordable housing and zoning laws in that region. Mindy is also really focused on organizing in-district meetings before session starts.
- Shelley - In Seattle, the Everybody Poos Campaign, led by Real Change, started. The goal is to increase the number of public restrooms in Seattle.
- Lisa Striedinger: There are a lot of people running for office in Lewis County. Lisa is trying to interview them to find out what their platforms are to make sure the people are coming into the new leadership will be on board for housing. She’s also been reaching out to city officials on implementing 1406 and opting in to access the funds that come with it.
- Jennifer: At the time of the call they are heading down to for a direct action in Olympia, called the Salish Walk. In the middle of dealing with trying to get conference with the governor. Serve on the poverty panel, went to North Carolina last month.
- Pamela: Discussed how environmental activism is intricately connected to homeless. When you have had displacement and native genocide, more of them are homeless. Environmental issues and climate change disproportionately impacts indegenous peoples and people who are homeless, who are breathing toxic gas pollution. Protectors of the salish sea. Walked 50 miles for the world climate action.
- The third annual Resident Action Project Summit is happening October 11 & 12. It’s going to be at St. Joseph’s Parish in Vancouver, Washington. There is transportation support available, please reach out to Kiki if that is something you need. There will also be lodging support for folks in need who are traveling from far away. PLEASE RSVP to request these accommodations.If you are able to host a carpool and drive other people, please let Kiki know asap.
- If you have some time this weekend and are in the S. King County area, you can volunteer to participate in Door-knocking on Ending No-Cause Eviction in Federal Way. Please RSVP by 3 p.m. tomorrow. The actually door-kncoking will be on Sunday Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. You can learn more about the initiative here: https://housingalliance699070.typeform.com/to/DXcDyY https://www.washingtoncan.org/news/2019/4/29/washington-can-launches-stable-homes-initiative-to-pass-tenant-protections-in-federal-way
- We are getting closer to the 29th annual Conference on Ending Homelessness, which is happening in Spokane WA November 5-7. Scholarships have already been awarded, but you can still register for the event at wliha.org without the scholarship accommodation. If you’re attending the COEH and want to help plan RAP’s presence there, please let Kiki know.
- We have an update RAP Website, which you can visit at www.residentactionproject.org. Biggest addition is we now have a “share your story” feature. This will allow RAP members to request to work with Kiki & Jamala (communication specialist) on publishing a blog post or just help developing your story.
- We are still recruiting Legislative District Leads across Washington! LD Leads build and maintain an active local base of housing advocates in their state legislative district, alerting them to take advocacy action at strategic times. Working closely with the Housing Alliance, LD Leads can strengthen their legislative and advocacy skills while building community and developing stronger relationships with their lawmakers. We are currently seeking LD Leads in every district in Washington. If you would like to take the next step in your housing advocacy work, even if you feel you still have a lot to learn (we all do!), join us! Please read the following, then get started by filling out the interest form below. The next step is to complete this LD Lead Interest Form. Once you submit it, John Stovall, Member Organizer, will follow up with you directly. Questions in the meantime? Contact John at email@example.com
- 1406 implementation: For folks who don’t know, 1406 is a bill passed this year that would allow local jurisdictions to use a portion of an already-collected surplus sales tax and keep it in the community to use for housing, instead of that funding going back to the state. We are pushing for every county across the state to opt in and pass a resolution claiming these funds in their region - that way we have this funding throughout the state.
- There is officially a MAP on the WLIHA website that shows you where counties and cities are at with the passing and implementing 1406! If your county is not in the green on this map and you want to get involved in advocating for 1406 implementation in your region - email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected with other advocates in the area
- And you can see the webinar on the WLIHA website (resources > webinars tab); https://wliha.org