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Learn at Lunch Webinars

Our Learn at Lunch webinars are opportunities to deepen your understanding of our State Legislative Agenda and Federal Legislative Policy Issues. Learn at Lunch features expert guests who explain the issues in a clear and accessible way. And perhaps most importantly, you can access these noontime webinars from the comfort of your own home or place of work, as long as you have a computer and Internet access.

Advocacy Wins in the 2018 Federal Budget

The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Senior Policy Analyst Elayne Weiss talks about how we went from proposed slashes to increased federal investments in affordable housing, and what to expect in 2019. Also learn more about how to get involved in the “Our Homes Our Voices” week of action!

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Foundational Community Supports Medicaid Benefit Implementation Update

March 28, 2018

An update on the implementation of the Foundational Community Supports Medicaid benefit that is part of Washington's Medicaid Transformation Demonstration (formerly known as the supportive housing services and supported employment services Medicaid benefits). Guest speakers include staff from the Washington State Health Care Authority, the Department of Social and Health Services, and Amerigroup Washington. 

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The Advocacy Skills You Need for the 2018 Legislative Session

January 4, 2018, Noon-1pm

Advocacy expert Nancy Amidei compares advocacy to your favorite Jazzercise routine; you can never get enough practice and there is always a higher level to make you sweat! Nancy will get us warmed up for the 2018 legislative session with tips on key advocacy tactics like calling the Legislative Hotline, meeting with lawmakers, and delivering testimony on a bill. Bring your own sweatbands and water bottles!

Participants are encouraged to watch a recording of the October 18 webinar titled, “The 2018 Legislative Agenda and Political Landscape,” before joining this webinar. (link will be available Oct 19).

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Pro tip: Interested in a topic but not available at the time of the webinar? Register anyway and you’ll receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the webinar after it’s over!

For more Learn at Lunch webinar archives, click here.


2018 Legislative Session Advocates Calls

Every other Friday during the legislative session, all affordable housing and homelessness advocates were invited to join us for a conference call and webinar to hear the latest updates from Olympia! Our policy team reported back on the progress of our lead policy priorities, as well as bills from our partner organizations that we are supporting. 


Jan 17: Overview of the Housing Alliance's lead policy agenda and a recap on the first week of the legislative session.
Feb 9: A recap of how the Capital Budget was passed, updates on our other lead priorities, and info on bills from partner organizations we're supporting.
Feb 23: An update on housing bills that survived (or didn't survive) policy and fiscal committee cutoffs. Plus, something to celebrate!


Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness

Pervasive myths and stereotypes about chronic homelessness have led to the pursuit of 'solutions' - like criminalization - that only exacerbate the problem and lead to more human suffering. That's why we created the Toolkit to Combat the Criminalization of Homelessness. You can access the toolkit in its entirety, or download individual sections and fact sheets here




Medicaid Academy

At the 2016 Conference on Ending Homelessness in Spokane, WA, the Housing Alliance held a day-long training to understand Washington's new Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. 

The pre-conference Medicaid training was intended to provide permanent supportive housing providers and those interested in serving this population with information about the new supportive housing services Medicaid benefit. The training provided background information about the Medicaid program and 1115 waivers, information about what supportive housing services CMS would likely approve to be covered by the new benefit, which Medicaid beneficiaries would be eligible, and what steps your agency needs to take in order to utilize this exciting new opportunity.

Find the program information page here, packed with materials and background information on the new Medicaid benefit.