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Policy Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session 

Wed. Oct 26, Noon - 1pm

Join us for an overview of our 2017 lead agenda, where we will review policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session - including plenty of useful background info and tips on how you can be an effective advocate for housing and homelessness policies. 

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After the Election: An Overview of our 2017 Advocacy Landscape

Wed. Nov 30, Noon - 1pm

After a few solid weeks to decompress from a high-stakes election season, we will provide an analysis of the 2017 state-level election outcomes and what they mean for the paths forward on our priority policies in the legislature.

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Board Advocacy Spotlight: Understanding Local Impact of the Housing Trust Fund and Document Recording Fees 

Wed. Dec 21, Noon - 1pm

The Housing Alliance's top advocacy priorities for 2017 include expanding the Housing Trust Fund, protecting and expanding homelessness funding, and protecting tenants from source of income discrimination. As board members, we have the power and the responsibility to address need, and implement smart solutions in our communities. Join us to understand the impacts of statewide policy and learn how to use the political narrative to strengthen your advocacy and build a movement. 

This session is developed with board advocacy in mind, but advocates from all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate. 

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Combating the Criminalization of Homelessness.
Wed August 24

Learn how to use our Toolkit, articulate the harm that criminalization policies cause, and educate lawmakers on the alternatives.

Presenters:

  • Kirk McClain, Capitol Hill Housing
  • Teresa Clark, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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Explore the Toolkit


Interim Advocacy on Document Recording Fees and the Housing Trust Fund
Thurs June 16

Many affordable housing and homelessness issues can arise during the legislative session, and the interim period between sessions (right now) is a perfect time to give legislators the background they need to make smart policy decisions next year. On this webinar, we will provide an overview of the Document Recording Fees and the Housing Trust Fund, break down the critical roles they play in ensuring adequate funding for affordable housing and homelessness services, and offer ways for you to educate your lawmakers. 

Presenters:

  • Michele Thomas, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
  • Kate Baber, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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Removing unfair eviction records from tenant screening reports
Thurs May 26

One of our hard-fought victories this past legislative session, the passage of Senate Bill 6413 by Senator Mark Mullet, creates groundbreaking new opportunities for tenants to remove unfair eviction records from their tenant screening reports. This opens up housing opportunities for many tenants currently being denied housing due to eviction records, including those who have won in court. Join this webinar to learn more about the accomplishment and how tenants and service providers can utilize the “limited dissemination” option to remove or prevent certain evictions from being included in reports. 

Presenters:

  • Eric Dunn from Northwest Justice Project
  • Michele Thomas from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

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HB 2263 and Your Community's Efforts to Fund Affordable Housing, Plus 2016 Legislative Agenda Preview 

Wednesday, September 23 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Earlier this year, powerful advocacy led to the passage of HB 2263, giving communites a new option to put a local sales tax on the ballot as a wat to fund affordable housing and mental health facilities and services. Find out how it works, and what it means for your community. Plus, get a preview of our 2016 legislative agenda!

Presenters

  • Ben Miksch, Affordable Housing Policy and Advocacy Specialist, Housing Alliance

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

HB 2263 Local Option Q&A

Funding Option Comparisons


Engaging in Interim Advocacy in 2015

Thursday, August 20 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The legislative session is over, and that means we get to change up the pace and take a little bit more time with legislators. Affordable housing and homelessness issues can be complex, and the interim period between legislative sessions is a perfect time to give legislators the background they need in order to understand how best to help ensure that everyone in our state can have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home that is part of a thriving community.

Presenters

  • Ben Miksch, Affordable Housing Policy and Advocacy Specialist, Housing Alliance

Resources

Powerpoint Slides


 

Homeless Youth & Young Adult Legislative Outcomes

Wednesday, May 20 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The 2015 Legislative Session was an exciting time for our state’s efforts to address youth and young adult homelessness. There’s a lot to talk about! These passed: Homeless Youth Act, Extended Foster Care, and the Youth Equality & Reintegration (YEAR) Act. And these are still in play: the Washington Youth & Families Fund and the Homeless Student Stability Act. Join folks from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy for a webinar that will bring you up to speed with what happened so far, what’s likely to happen next, and what we can do to build on these victories.

Presenters

  • Erin Shea McCann, Public Policy & Communications Manager, Mockingbird Society
  • Tedd Kelleher, Managing Director of the Housing Assistance Unit, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Laurie Lippold, Director of Public Policy, Partners For Our Children
  • Robin Koskey, Policy Specialist, Building Changes
  • Katara Jordan, Staff Attorney in the Children and Youth Project, Columbia Legal Services

Resources

Extended Foster Care One-pager
Homeless Student Stability Act One-pager
Homeless Youth Prevention & Protection Act One-pager

Slideshow Presentation PDF
Youth Equality & Reintegration (YEAR) Act One-pager

 

 


 

2015 Session Wrap-Up!

Wednesday, April 29, from noon to 1:00pm

Wondering what the heck happened during the regular session? Wondering what the scoop is on what still needs to get done? This webinar was a debrief and review of the highlights from the 2015 regular legislative session. Hear what bills made it to become laws, what bills died along the way, and how we can prepare to influence the next steps in legislative process.

Presenters

  • Director of Policy & Advocacy Michele Thomas
  • Government Affairs Consultant Nick Federici
  • Affordable Housing Policy and Advocacy Specialist Ben Miksch

 

 


 

Results of the Washington State Affordable Housing Needs Study
(Presented with our partners at the Department of Commerce and the Governor's Affordable Housing Advisory Board.)

Wednesday, February 4, from noon to 1:00pm

This webinar, presented in collaboration with the Department of Commerce, the Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, and the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, will explore exactly what is in the report and what the findings mean for our efforts to ensure that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home.

Presenters

  • Faith Li Pettis, Chair of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board
  • Tedd Kelleher, Managing Director of the Housing Assistance Unit, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Lisa Vatske, Division Director, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Resources

Washington State Housing Needs Assessment - 2015
Slideshow Presentation PDF (Commerce)
2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

 

 


 

Social Media 101 Video Hangout

Tuesday, January 27, 10:30-11:30am

Firesteel and the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness joined up with us to for this free training session for individuals who want to learn the basics of social media and use these tools to advocate online for affordable housing issues. The session will help you understand and use social media sites and apps like Twitter and Facebook and show you how to join with organizations to be an online housing advocate.

Resources

Slideshow Presentation PDF (Housing Alliance)
2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

 

 


 

Housing & Homelessness Priorities & Talking Points

Tuesday, January 8, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Housing Alliance policy and communications staffers take you through:

  • Our 2015 lead policy agenda.
  • Latest updates on committee assignments, bill sponsorships, and the budget.
  • Talking points for each of our agenda items.

Our community organizing and policy teams got together for this Learn at Lunch webinar about the different ways you can engage in advocacy this session, (Housing and Homelessness Advocacy day, testifying in Olympia, action alerts, and more). Discover all the helpful resources we offer to help you become a super-advocate rockstars, such as issue one-pagers, talking point lists, and policy updates.

Resources

Slideshow Presentation PDF
2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

 

 


 

Housing & Homelessness Priorities & Talking Points

Thursday, January 8, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Housing Alliance policy and communications staffers take you through:

  • Our 2015 lead policy agenda.
  • Latest updates on committee assignments, bill sponsorships, and the budget.
  • Talking points for each of our agenda items.

This is a high-level, deep-dive into our state legislative work for this session.

Resources

Slideshow Presentation PDF
2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

 

 


 

2015 Tenant Issues In-depth

Friday, December 19, 1:00 - 2:00pm

A deep-dive into the three major pieces of tenant legislation on our 2015 advocacy agenda: the Fair Tenant Screening Act, the Truth in Evictions Reporting Act, and Protection from Source of Income Discrimination.

Northwest Justice Project Staff Attorney Eric Dunn will be joining the webinar to walk attendees through what actually happens to tenants in eviction court and how these legislative proposals could improve those outcomes.

Resources

2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda

 

 


 

The Housing Trust Fund In-depth

Wednesday, December 10, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Over the past 25 years, Washington State's capital investments in affordable housing (made through the Housing Trust Fund) have played a central role in efforts to ensure that everyone has a safe, healthy, affordable home in a thriving community.

Join Housing Alliance's Michele Thomas and Ben Miksch and special guest Representative June Robinson to hear about how the projected $4.5 billion state budget shortfall might negatively impact investments in affordable homes. We'll also talk about what advocates like you can do to help.

Resources

2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda - Housing Trust Fund

 


 

2015 Legislative Session Preview

Monday, November 24, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

This webinar features Housing Alliance all-stars Director of Policy & Advocacy Michele Thomas, Lobbyist Nick Federici, and Field Director Brianna Thomas. They will provide a recap of what happened in the recent election, the political and budget landscapes, and an introduction to the Housing Alliance's 2015 Housing & Homelessness Legislative Agenda.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first third of the webinar is missing. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Resources

2015 State Legislative Advocacy Agenda