Coalition to End Homelessness Provider Meeting - Friday, August 7th
3:19PM Aug 7, 2020
morning. Welcome. Hey, I'm
happy to be here. Thanks for asking me.
Sure. All right, I'm gonna, I'm going to start us off with a little video from the Wall Street Journal just to kind of welcome as soon as is my way. And just it's one of those videos that I need to listen to more and more. So I'm going to get us going with that and we'll get started right around nine o'clock. People
need to hear how we feel.
People should feel everything I feel every single day that I've
dealt with in my whole life.
My life is activism.
Spray Bottle thing there's several block moms that
live in this house
for girls. Other people three bedroom apartment with a couch, that does not do US Justice for six people for like a giant family that takes care of each other. No one was cast off. Because my grandparents adopted me when I was about seven years old from my parents, my grandparents are white Mormons. It's a lot to be someone that's adopted into a white family, like they called me the most racist slurs I've ever heard in my life, my own grandparents, like not even joking when I say this, it used to be like you can pick and watermelon kids.
Sometimes I hate being half white because it's like, I hate that like part of my own race hates me and because I'm darker than them.
Then they pretty much kicked me out when I was 15 years old when I got pregnant.
I have a six year old daughter. Her name is Hazel, she's seen it like firsthand going in out of foster homes going in and out of police stations, wondering where we're going to stay the next night being homeless with me, like she has seen the epitome of being black, which is messed up, no kid should ever have to go through that just because no one wants to help me because of my skin tone.
I think about her every single day. Every day. Every moment everything that I say everything I'm doing is for her future I
just started with George Floyd, to be honest. I never thought that there'd ever be a time that I'd be able to like speak how I feel. Now I have a chance to speak, however I want to, nobody can tell me how to protest and I can't tell nobody else out of protests seen all these white people out here fighting for our lives like is amazing. It's crazy, like the first time I seen the wall bombs I cried because the best thing I've ever seen in my life.
I love these moms, too, so I understand.
It's a white state. Of course you're gonna see more white people. there's not enough of us just to be only black people we're the minority here. Of course we have to have the majority of white people fighting for us.
We're always ready to change the world that's all I got to say like Trump is talking about Portland it's like we're so big that there's no way we can stop now we can like literally change the entire world with one small city, like a small White City is going to change the world for Black Lives Matter. It's crazy.
I know what it feels like to be the sound I know what it feels like to not have nowhere to live. I know what it's like to never be wanted by your own family, and having friends, is the only family that I have
your family supposed to teach you where to go, your family's supposed to show you how to live your family supposed to tell you what's right and what's wrong. But instead, my family just let me hit the ropes and like, say, Hey, good luck. It makes me want to cry, seeing all these people hear from me when they don't know who I am, they don't even know my story they don't even know that I've been through, but they're still fighting no matter what the cost is. And this is just the beginning.
The end goal. There is no specific end goal. The end goal is just to make sure that every one feels loved
Surviving is definitely part of the struggle of being here. Living is definitely part of the struggle every single day that we are a colored person it's part of the struggle. So, being an activism everyday is part of our life because of our color. So there's no giving up until our lives matter just as much as your life matters.
All right, welcome everybody. That woman lives in the same on the same planet I do, but it's a it's a whole different world. That was the Wall Street Journal, and some of the great work they're doing around race, Larry seaquest is fond of saying that homelessness is downstream for everything. And I think that there's a certain truth in racism being upstream upstream of everything. Usually, we start off with a little bit of inspirational note from somebody but today I'm going to play the song that somebody kindly sent in to the coalition the other day, and I'm gonna go ahead and play it and actually the performer and writer is here as well and so he's gonna kind of give us a couple of words. and I also am he, he's unaware of this bit. But Mr page I also I also stuck some slides in so if you're not familiar with Petey Ramos. She does some amazing work for people experiencing homelessness in Tacoma and Pierce County. And she does, among other things, some amazing photographs that really humanize the community around us. Um, she also does a huge number of really amazing things for all those people and I didn't put those photos in because it didn't really work in with the song but but I appreciate it actually seeing all the Christmas gifts being delivered, and shoes being opened up and so, anyway, I'm going to jump right into this, and I, again, I hope, I hope I haven't taken something amazing that Mr page put together and the amazing photos that Patti puts together and sort of screwed him up by mixing them together but I like
living the dream and having a sense of Serbian two kids a dog in my way. I had bird in Korea as an architect so looking forward to life. And everything I'd ever dreamed about, I had it all in the palm of my hand. Now it's only a memory but why it all happened. I really still can't understand. To remember the call from the hospital. It's sad but unfortunately, your wife and your children were in a bad accident. We couldn't say evolve. Your daughter is here in a coma for who knows how long. She's sorry to tell you, despite all our efforts, your son and your wife did not survive.
And this is my home.
But I didn't choose to live.
If my sidewalk to you. It looks like a sidewalk to me to
Java, believe me. I'd rather be anywhere.
I know you see me.
So why don't you have
a CEO got caught embezzling millions of firms who went bankrupt.
And all of a pensions insurance and benefits were gone. I saw both my cars and my house to pay dog to be sold everything that I managed to paying on a couple of months was some money I got from my dad.
So this is my home.
But I didn't choose
it my sidewalk to you. Hill, it looks like a sidewalk to me to
believe me. I'd rather live anywhere.
You see me.
So why don't you help.
Well, how many cars are in your garage, how many TVs Do you need. With all the food you throw out every week. How many of us could you.
Now all my possessions of shopping, except for the clothes on my back. I'm doing the best that I can to get there. So why don't you just cut me some slack
public opinion and concern for the homeless are both there in no time.
And everyone here, he was told to get out, but we really got to go.
This is my home.
But I didn't choose to live here. It might look like a sidewalk to you. Hell, it looks like a sidewalk to me to
gather to leave me. I'd rather live anywhere.
Do you see me,
pretend not to see me.
No, you see me. So why
hear and I'm deeply moved. I thought that was wonderful.
Well I'm glad to approve you want to talk a little bit about what you, what you were kind of where you're coming from with that story.
Yeah, I'd love to. So good morning and thanks for letting me bend your ear for a couple minutes. I'm part of your mission statement says promote community awareness and increase community awareness of the causes of homelessness. And this really speaks to me. Because there tends to be this stereotypical attitude that if someone is homeless. It's their own fault, a result of some flaw in their character, and I have personally spent time with enough homeless people to know that this is not the case. Almost people are not all an educated substance abusers that really don't want to work. And I think that's a really important message. So I thought, what if I could tell a story in a song about how one guy like wound up homeless, because of circumstances beyond his own control. And if it could make people feel a little uncomfortable for looking the other way. That would even be better. So that's the genesis of that song. Let me tell you about a video I saw the other day that maybe you guys have seen this it's on the internet, there's two turtles. Right. This is not a, an animation it's filmed somebody took. So one of the turtles is lying on his back like this and he can't. He can't write himself, and the other turtle comes walking up in sticks sees that and sticks his head underneath and pushes him up and gets him back on his feet again you guys ever see that it's out there if you want to look at it, but I got to think if animals are capable of empathy and compassion, and able to help each other out like that. How much more should we expect from people. Right. And most people still turn their backs look the other way and pretend like they don't see. So we need to spread this message organizations like yours are critical in the process of getting more of the general public involved.
God bless you.
Well, thanks so much and Do you mind if I post that with the, with the slides on to YouTube if Patty's okay with that.
I would, I would love that. I think the more people that see it. Maybe the more better chances that someone will, you know, something will get done.
Yeah, great. Appreciate it. Well, thanks for coming in. Much appreciated. And, again, Patti I think you're what's, what's the name of your Facebook group again it's totally slipping my mind.
Anyway, I'll post it out.
I'm not sure if it's a homeless humans of Tacoma that
famous yeah yeah homeless humans.
Yeah, which is just again. So beautiful bit of work, highlighting the lives of a lot of our community members. All right, a couple couple housekeeping items. Last week we got zoom bombed again. So just a few safety things I've made a whole bunch of you all into co hosts. And so if we do have a problem again, if you all could take action, and help to get rid of folks I think as a large mask we might do a little bit better so if you're one of the CO hosts and somebody you see is misbehaving you can really just hit the ellipse, and you can remove them from the meeting, and in about 15 minutes will lock the meeting down. So that seems to be a best practice in preventing this so taking tiny steps to keep this an open community forum and still preventing us having to see guys junk. So I think that's a balancing act too there. We have shifted things up a little bit thanks to oh and the other thing is this meeting is being recorded. And it also has live transcripting by the little artificial intelligence robots on the upper left there's otter AI, which gives you a transcript that the computer writes for you still would love to get feedback if that's. If that's not working well enough for you. I'd love to hear that or if it is working. And with that we have done a slight shift in our schedule, and we are going to have updates from the county and the city, at the beginning of our meeting and but before that I'm just going to do two quick little plugs. I'm not sure what we have scheduled for next week for the coalition, I am on vacation. And so, I am still looking for some presentations, and we're going to talk a little after I think this meeting about what that meeting might have, and then the following meeting is going to be my last meeting with Catholic community services and kind of my last meeting with the coalition and this more official capacity and I'm going to take the first 45 minutes and put together a little presentation on the good the bad and the ugly of homelessness in Pierce County. So my goal is to lay out what we do well, as a community, what we are challenged to do as a community, and what I think. And my arrogance is the necessary next steps for our community to really address the homeless needs, so I'm excited about that presentation so invite your friends and children. And without further ado, I am going to pass the baton off to the county and actually didn't hear back from us, they could present so hopefully Jeff, you are, you're ready to give us some updates.
Yes, I am. Good morning. I'm also have encouraged Valerie to
jump in as needed to help me. I've got a million things going on here at the county, but I'll start by sharing that. Garrett had put together a kind of a list of things to potentially talk about as suggested by Maureen Thank you Marine, and I've tried to go through several of these items. We haven't given any updates to our county council I do know that our dirt. Our manager has a presentation of them coming up like next week, I believe, to talk about our critical time intervention program. That's the only update I'm aware of that we're providing to our council. People are real busy. This time of year. Yeah, I'll just leave it at that. Shelter updates, our shelter capacity has not changed. I will share with you that we have started discussions about planning for inclement weather. Earlier this year Pierce County Council awarded $10,000 to our department in a budget proviso to provide severe weather shelter. but in the proviso, it indicates to unincorporated Pierce County. A couple of us on the team are interpreting that differently, some of us interpret this as unincorporated means any area that's not incorporated which would mean city of Tacoma city of Lakewood and any other smaller city or town they are incorporated cities as well like Puyallup and university place, but some of us think that they meant outside the city of Tacoma because there's such a difference between Tacoma and the rest appears County, so we're asking for clarification just so you're aware of what does unincorporated mean, but I'd like to take this opportunity to say that we share this every year. And no one really takes us up on this hotel and motel shelter for severe weather is eligible under our annual funding process our homeless housing program notice of funding availability, and no one ever takes us up on that. So what I've started with my team is having a conversation about our next NOFA. Clearly, creating an additional paragraph that talks about the need for that program and talks about it being eligible and encouraging people to apply for those funds. So hopefully that will get someone to apply, because every year. People ask how we're dealing with that but no one wants to apply for the funds and do something with it so hopefully pass the word if you're a provider, think about it if you're not you know a provider that would be good at providing that type of service. Encourage them to apply. But for this next winter season. The 2021 winter season, the counties on the biennium budget so 20 and 21 are all one budget we can use these funds in 2020 and 2021 for severe weather and if you're not familiar with severe weather. What that means is that the temperature has gone below freezing 32 degrees. And if the temperature gets below 32 degrees. Our hope is that people who are seeking shelter can be housed in a hotel or motel there on a night by night basis dependent upon the weather so if the weather gets below 32 for one evening, it would be provided for one evening if it gets below for five days in a row, then it would be provided for five days in a row. That's the goal in the hope of the program. The next topic was hotel room capacity, we don't track that. That's the responsibility of the providers that are providing that program. We fund CCS provide X number of beds, is an example we fund the rescue mission provide X number of beds it's their responsibility to determine where they provide those beds. So we're not tracking. We do know the number that can go up and down with those programs that people in them. but we leave that to the nonprofit's to manage how they're using their beds rental assistance and update on rental assistance. A small amount has been used I think the last number I looked at was just around 250,000 of the new resources we have. We have three different pots of money. The first pot of money that was managed by Sharon care 250,000 has been spent. The second pot of money is $4 million, which is county money. The third pot. Coming soon as the 10 million. Just over 10 million is 10,700,000, that's coming from the state that's targeted what we're dealing with but the Tacoma Community House is also working with just over a million dollars for youth and young adults as well, that they're getting from the state to target that population.
For the $4 million. We probably spent like 250, I believe, was the last number heard roughly between 250 and 300,000 of those dollars. So, that 400,000 will be spent quickly, and then our providers are already working to spend working with people in a queue to spend the $10 million, and we're hopefully next week going to be amending contracts to provide these funds. And with this program we're working with agencies that are known as by infor, and those are agencies who have a focus and primary goal of serving, what the state calls marginalized communities. We reached out to 11 agencies they've reached back. Most of them are interested, I think there's a couple more we're still waiting on a response from. So, we may be going from like 11 current funded agencies doing rental assistance to like 21 or 22 agencies, doing rental assistance here in Pierce County, and 10 million is a lot. And we have till December to spend it. So we have five months. We're already in the first month now. But next week we'll be halfway through this month so we're pushing hard to get those dollars out get some contracts new contracts created current contracts amended, so folks can serve people and get those dollars out. There's another question about our funding pipeline. What I can say is, all of the funds that we have oversight over currently that we have contracts in place with the state or the federal government or dollars that the county county has determined to use for these programs have been allocated. Except for just around 200 and something thousand dollars in emergency shelter and sanitation and hygiene services that we're working to allocate and finalize. And our goal is to have that finalized, mid next week as well, the programs that we still expect money for that we don't have contracts for is the state 10 million we don't have a contract yet. And then there's some emergency solutions grant funding we're getting from HUD directly just over $3 million that we don't have a contract from HUD yet. And then there is a second allocation of emergency solutions grant money coronavirus additional funding that we plan to receive from the state we do not know how much they were awarded $46 million. So we expect to get a decent chunk of that being the second largest county in the state. but we do understand that with their ESG their priorities tend to be the smaller jurisdictions in this state, who don't have a direct relationship with HUD and there's like four or five counties in the states that do, and Pierce County is one of them Pierce County King County. Clark County, you know, Snohomish County Spokane those counties already get ESU directly, but the state historically has given us a portion of their money as well. So we're not sure how much that will be but that money is coming down the pipeline as well. There's a question on here about a hotel purchase update. We're looking at a hotel purchase update. Yes, that's as far as I think I can talk about it.
We haven't finalized anything.
If we find this hotel potency, it might be in the city of Fife. We've reached out to city of five and had conversations with them. And we're in the very very preliminary initial stages of this conversation. And the intent here would potentially be that this would be for shelter for a temporary period of time. To address this pandemic. And then we could address the best use of the facilities once the we've gotten through this pandemic that we're experiencing. And then the last question is what do we need from the coalition. What do we need from the coalition. We need you to promote what we're doing. We need you to let people know that there's a rental assistance program out there and it's not just a rental assistance program with there are many people who have mortgages in this county, who are struggling just as well. And we also have a mortgage assistance program that's available for those who have mortgages. They have different requirements but the applications can be accessed at the same website. It's easy to find. It's www dot Pierce County w A govt slash housing help, or the best way is to Google Pierce County housing help, and it will take you to the first thing that pops should pop up on your screen would be a link to our applications. There's application there for rental assistance mortgage assistance and there's also an application there for veterans specific because we have a Veterans Program that's working to do both rental assistance and mortgage assistance for veterans. So those programs are out there. I also wanted to share quickly. So if you could promote all of this, we appreciate it if you're interested Valerie has a flyer that she could send out potentially Valerie, could you send that out to this group I don't know if it's been sent out already may have already been sent out because Valerie so fast with everything she does, but if not, maybe we can send out to this group so they can have access to that flyer, if they want to share that flyer around about our program. But I also want to share about our rental assistance that
have opened a call center here in Pierce County, because of the demand in need of people needing to ask questions to apply for funding, ask questions about the COVID pandemic. So the call center is opened, every day from eight to 430 Monday through Friday. This week every day because it started this week.
On average, they've received between 20 and 25 calls a day for people in need of like rental assistance and mortgage assistance and asking questions. People at that line are supposed to have the ability to help people complete the application they can go into the database they can ask the questions and submit for them if they're having challenges. So that is a good thing. We anticipate the calls may go up. So if there's people you know of you can help them fill out an application if need be. Anyone can help them fill out the application, just make sure you hit the submit button we're finding that many people aren't hitting the submit button but what we're doing is going in behind them manually in hitting Submit. And we're trying to make sure people are aware of that. So we're not losing anybody. We're going in and submitting it for them so it gets moved through the process.
The last thing I'll say is,
with our rental assistance program. We're seeing a large volume of the over 2000 applications that we've received are coming from the urban area. They're coming from the city of Tacoma. You know the Parkland area, Lakewood, the first crash, this urban core area we have, we're not seeing a lot of applicants from, excuse me, the outlying areas, Eastern Pierce County areas, and I was on a conversation the other day with someone that I found interesting they said that most rentals are in the urban area, there's less rentals in the outlying areas but that's something that's interesting, they said most housing in the outlying areas are owned housing that people have mortgages on their houses and I just thought that was a really interesting observation I didn't think of that but there are in outlying areas some units that are rental not maybe as many as in the urban area, but we're trying to identify ways to reach out to that, urban area not to that rural area I mean not the urban area, and make sure that people like in Bonney lake and people in Sumner and people in Eatonville and those outlying areas are aware of these programs so if you have any ideas of how we can do that. We've done ads, we've done radio talk. We've got a variety of things we've sent to churches food banks. If you have any ways that you think we could be creative and getting the word out. Please share that with Valerie, she'd be willing to accept any information or suggestions you have. She's right now talking about trying to find ways to get something into
and other ways where we could put like a little insert or something into things so if you have any ideas, please share with her, she'd be happy to hear it. I think I've covered everything I was supposed to cover. So that's it Garrett.
Thank you, Jeff, and just a little kudos for the dramatic increase in the number of contracts you have and the contract monitoring you're doing and your willingness to work with additional agencies, and what's your contract monitoring staff jumped up by since COVID hit.
None it's, it's not jumped up. Right. And many of my staff are working on other things due to COVID they've got their priorities have changed due to COVID. I have one staff that's historically been at the Tacoma emergency operation center and one staff now this full time at the Pierce County Emergency Operations Center, and they're trying to do two jobs, though staff.
So we appreciate all that so
there was a there was a
fund passed by the state for 40 million for shelter services across the state for a few years and it sounds like you and the City of Tacoma in the city of Lakewood are kind of putting a proposal together for that is there any update you can give us on that.
I'm so sorry it's on my list to talk about and I just accidentally missed it. Yes. There's $4.7 million, that's been allocated to Pierce County. And when I say Pierce County, this fund is eligible applicants are jurisdictions with over 25,000 population in this county that includes the city of Tacoma city of Lakewood city of Pugh all city of university place those four cities, and of course, the rest of unincorporated Pierce County as a jurisdiction.
this application requires the collaboration and coordination of those five jurisdictions, which we're currently working with or each of those jurisdictions could have gone independently and applied independently for these funds. But the challenge was if you applied independently you can only get 80% of what your portion is. But if we came in as one collaborative applicant we get 100% of every of those five jurisdictions portion. So, a decision was made we're coming in together. Currently, that's due next week currently and it's penciled in it could change there are two projects on that list to be done. One within the city of Tacoma. A tiny home project, and a project in eastern Pierce County that hasn't been finalized yet that hopefully will be finalized by mid next week so we can get this submitted to the state, these dollars can be used for the initial development of these units, as well as ongoing services and operating costs for these units through June of 2023, the beds must be in place by December of this year. And so yep that's the application is still in a rough draft version we're not certain of all the units and beds in location. It's still a very ongoing conversation that has been flushed out yet that I can share any of the more details than that actually
you're working with providers that are going to be providing it it's not going to be an open RFP process.
jurisdictions are taking the lead because they could apply for the funding so these jurisdictions are making the decision on how they move forward. So the city of Tacoma would be taking the lead for the project in the city of Tacoma, and Puyallup would be taking the lead for the East Pierce County project, those jurisdictions are the leads on those projects the county isn't doing anything with regards to the development of those projects we're just the ones that are applying is the collaborative applicant for the funds. And then we'll be distributing those funds as the cities determine for their projects.
So the cities are creating project plans which is what you're submitting and they don't have a designated provider and how that decision is made is going to be up to those municipalities correct and
I will share with you I know here it's a county. I've been informed that procurement processes due to COVID have changed. So processes have been suspended due to this pandemic so yes there are times when in crisis that jurisdictions do things a little differently, but I will leave it for the city of Tacoma and the city of Kerala, to share their plans moving forward I guess they're not flushed completely out a lot of conversations still going on about these projects.
I'm sure you're aware the coalition would be more than happy to provide any input that you might like although it sounds like you've got a tight deadline. But the provider community and the coalition, both would be more than happy to be involved in this process or similar processes in the future.
Actually I'll share with you that the timeline was like last week, but we asked for a two week extension because their initial timeline was just so unrealistic. So, yeah, we're struggling to meet a second deadline, but we'll, we'll meet it.
Great. Well, that would be remarkable to get that extra funding into our community at some shelter it's up and running because there's the need. So glad that's all happening, and glad you guys are powering through with yet another unfortunate plea tight deadline to get things done.
All right. Erica,
Thank you. Thank you. Yeah, this is my second week back so I'm actually getting caught up quite a bit so I don't really have anything to add. In terms of the projects that Jeff mentioned. Yeah, we there are some, some things we're still trying to flesh out before we submit a complete application so you don't want to share anything, you know until we have everything completely tightened up, but it is very exciting to have the opportunity to have additional shelter space here and to call them because like you said, there is the need for that. Last night we did have our first community advisory committee meeting for the new term site that's over a cliff 16th McKinley and I just wanted to remind everyone that those meetings are public, and the information as is on our website that meeting minutes will be available there. So if anyone here wants to participate in it. I just want to invite everyone to come. It was a great meeting to meet some of the new community members there the staff there, and some of the old residents from the old site up on MLK are still participating in it to provide support. So I don't know if anyone's on the phone from Lehigh that wants to speak to that. But I just wanted to make sure that everyone in this group was aware that they, they're more than welcome to participate in those meetings, unfortunately I don't have any of our rental assistance information for this week I have last week's information I was hoping that uni or someone from Lhasa could provide more updated information I know there were some questions about the continuation of our rental assistance program and that is our intent just because we know that we are going to be impacted by COVID. For a long time, so we do want to continue providing the supports and rental assistance honestly isn't like a new program that we've been funding in our in our contracts we've been providing those funds to different providers to make sure that services available either within an entire project or just on a line item in another program so I just wanted to remind everyone of that. So I apologize for my, my short update because like I said, it's my second week back and I'm getting caught up. So, but I am here, I am back. So, if anyone has any questions. You know, you can go in the chat box or email me or call me, and I will do my best to provide a more detailed update.
It's good. We are glad to have you back.
slightly guilty every time I see see john an email well I knew he went away thinking, wow, that's just gonna get deleted when she gets back because she's gonna be
drowning in email,
oh no no no,
I didn't just go to the Delete I read all of them only took a couple of days. So,
good for you. All right. Yeah, glad to have the city back firing on all cylinders, that's for sure.
Let's see if the city of Tacoma continues to use a th for rental assistance.
Housing Trust Fund, a city of
interest on for assistance right that's nearly 1 million that went to Lhasa,
you could hold the program until January 2021, when the cares Relief Fund is done, so
right and so you know i i don't i'm sorry if I misspoke I don't want to say like, oh, we're gonna take this exact thing we are in our budget development process right now. And so we are trying to evaluate what you know funds we have and what additional funds will hopefully be continuing coming down the pipeline to help support programs like this so just so you know, that's something that we are intending to keep going and help support our community stay in their homes.
questions now for Erica, she did offer chat box responses as well.
Erica. Let's jump over to mano with the health department, anything new or important for us to know from the health department.
sure the mobile testing trailers are still accepting everyone who wants to test. Just in this these last weeks we've tested, you know, different sorts of shelters serving different populations. And those populations racial and ethnic groups who are experiencing that high burden of disease, and we just thank you all for your patience as we've worked through scheduling. If, just a reminder if, if you, if you have sent a request with our mobile testing staff but haven't heard back, just let me know immediately. We had an instance just last week where this happened and it was quickly resolved, which will make sure that if your site has submitted a request for funding from the community mobile testing that we can accommodate you. The expectation for wait times for testing is still a five to seven day turnaround, unless it's a positive test result in which case we're told it's it's closer to a one to two day turnaround. And as of today, the mobile testing site or page on our website is still up to date. I'll go ahead and post the, the link to that on our in the chat box. But this upcoming week actually just throughout this weekend and into next week we have the city of Rustin city of DuPont throughout the county. And then some others there's Pierce County Parks, springers has, has the testing event coming up on, actually this Saturday as well. But yeah, I'll send the I'll post the the link to that page with our all our testing info on in the chat box. And I can also post the, the link to or not the link but the email and the phone number for the mobile testing site if in case you want to get in touch with those in charge of mobile testing scheduling. And in addition to that, I would say. This week I reached out to the shelter providers just really acknowledging them for all of their work. And, you know, you are all on the front lines and I'm here to support you. So my plan is to meet with the shelter providers who expressed interest at the meetings were in regards to some consultations for COVID-19 Health and Safety best practices, just really meeting with the shelter providers to really to to sit and discuss your shelters, you know own unique layouts and needs and challenges, and you know brainstorm through solutions. And just provide you with the most current, or most current efforts to, to provide like said those best practices as recommendations. After this call actually have to hop off at 10 to discuss a work plan for our testing and flu shot, sort of combined efforts at the shelters that we really want to plan for. So, that's another item, I hope to discuss with the shelter provider so I did send an email, please email me back just confirmed that you're interested and I look forward to just meeting it's really should be more conversational, and it's an opportunity for me to again provide you with our most up to date recommendations and also learn how we can leverage health department resources and work together to just protect the health of your guests and your staff and the public so thanks again. And as far as an ask from the coalition they just asked for everyone's patience for one and then of course feedback I'm always I'm obsessed with feedback personally and so I know, Maureen sent me a link to this framework that's focused on equity and equitable response and that's, I really appreciate that and that's, I can send that to my team and we can discuss and and really work to just integrate that framework into our response so thank you all.
There's a question
mando from Marine What about nonprofit housing providers re about their ventilation systems.
Let me see this really quick,
interesting article wasn't the washington post or with that marine
I don't think I sent it to moto I sent it to a few people in the county and city, but the who, and
certainly HUD brought it forward month, about May. Looking at the ventilation systems and the potential spread of the virus and they track systems. And I think I've seen more just on the national news now. Fauci and others air circulation to limit and a potential spread of droplets that sort of stuff. I mean it would be an eligible expense, under the cares Relief Fund anything that needed to be done so it seems to me, motto, you'd want to get to, not just the shelters with that question but also the nonprofit housing providers and more broadly than that the for profit sector as well but but the nonprofit's for sure.
Thank you for hearing this, oh, sorry,
go ahead, Naomi, and
Naomi sorry I'm on yeah that is an industrial hygienist, and I think when we Garrett had forwarded a number of questions, probably like last month but it seems like six months ago. And so there are some, that's a whole industry that is already kind of set up to do that and they work with the hospitals so we can help provide some of that information, we don't actually health department doesn't do it ourselves but there are a couple of companies that do that in Pierce County.
And I see other questions in the chat box
here, sorry. Oh, yeah,
you would also ask for an update from the Board of Health, and they were the Board of Health meeting on Wednesday was briefed on our school health reports, and I can provide a link to the report out for that. Really the top priorities across Pierce County that the school districts identified was behavioral health needs access to care and ongoing concerns about vaping. And then there's been some discussion on the variation in reporting numbers. And if you follow very closely the Pierce County case counts per day. There was 56. on. I don't know Tuesday or Wednesday and then like 123 the very next day so we're following up with that to see if that is a lag in test results. So we're seeing kind of some of that volatility in the case reporting numbers, and we have not gotten clarification on that yet but we are looking into that.
And there's questions about how to get into the temporary Care Center. Somebody respond on that, monitor.
Yeah, I was working on a response in the chat. Yeah. Perfect. Okay, and I didn't see Ivan on here anything from the
screen prescan emergency management.
Ivan, just got back from a amazingly lovely vacation with his daughter Bella. So I am in emergency operation center and I saw him this morning but I think he's probably still just trying to get beat under him since he just got back today
to come on public utility.
Oh, I'll check with Ivan and if he has any dates, I'll make sure he emails us Garrett.
Cool. Appreciate it. To come up public utilities wanted to do a quick update on their assistance utility assistance Francine.
Good morning everyone. I am just wanting to give you an update on where we are with the utility assistance we started administering an emergency assistance in March intubate we've assisted over 10,000 households and our service territory. That includes six about 60% of those households are out of the city of Tacoma, and 40% in the county area. We have dispersed over $1.8 million in utility assistance thus far, there is still assistance available. We're going to keep that application online, until the funds are are exhausted, the online application can be obtained through my tpu.org backslash assistance. In addition to the emergency assistance that we have in the emergency assistance is up to $270, depending on how many services that customer has to the utility. In addition to that, assistance we do have. We still do offer our discount rate, which is available for seniors 62 and older, or customers receiving eligible disability income. That information is online as well. And then for households that are up to 150% that don't qualify for 50% of Federal Poverty sorry for households that don't qualify for the discount rate. They could be eligible for our bill credit assistance plan which gives them monthly credit, going forward, each time they pay their bill in both of those programs are ongoing permanent programs, whereas the Emergency Assistance Program is a temporary program, the Emergency Assistance Program is up to 200% of federal poverty, so that we can assist more households but the permanent programs currently are up to 150% of Federal Poverty so it is a little bit lower. But those are permanent programs, see application for the emergence, or for the discount rate and the book credit assistance. We're working on an online application for that program, it's not available yet but we do still mail out applications so you can request an application by emailing the ask as. So it's C as solutions is the email at city of tacoma.org. So to request an application you can contact CS solutions at city of tacoma.org, or you can leave a voicemail at 253-502-8400.
And that's it unless there's any questions.
Thanks for saying if you could, tuck that email and phone number into the chat I think people would appreciate that.
And we are ready to hand off to marine with the advocacy update.
Thank you. So good morning everybody. And you should have in your inbox, an email from me, sent last night, that's really the update. And it's links, not attachments, finally. So what I want to do though this morning is just take a few minutes on a project I've started to. We're going to do a little poll and. And I'm asking for your feedback as to whether we should go forward. I've had conversations with a few of you. I'm working on the assumption that there are staff in the homelessness response system, who because of this, their hourly wages are themselves impacted their households are impacted, or potentially impacted by COVID, and maybe facing some financial distress or financial counseling or not counseling but crisis in the future, especially as we go forward if they're expected to support other family members or friends, whatever. And I know that there are two financial programs, operating well within the county at Goodwill and sound outreach. But I also know that everybody may not be eligible for those or may prefer to try and meet these needs in another way. And so I went back to Seattle credit union, and asked about some sort of a provider COVID Emergency Relief Program or something, they do in fact have targeted employee assistance programs, and they would are willing to talk with us about something that would meet needs, if in fact there are needs. So my goal. First of all, is to test the assumption. Are there people who are on the financial edge whom we are expecting come to work every day, and shelter homeless people or provide services for them. If so, is it possible to help them. Use whatever cash they have as well as they can. If possible if they're holding higher interest. Used Car Loans. Get those refinanced way to get the credit union to stretch the normal parameters. You know, that sort of thing. So, anything to stay away from payday lenders. So this comes partly out of personal experience about being old enough to have been laid off enough times in different national and state sorts of economic downturns, but it also comes out of an asset building coalition statewide conference a number of years ago, where the presenters, out of New York was said that if you're going to provide support services for people, by virtue of their income or whatever, look at your own staff. First, and make sure that your staff Snead's are at least as well met, as the people that they're expected to assist. So Garrett if you want to pull this up, pull our poll up. This is all anonymous All right. And we're going to sort of save these for those of you on the phone, I'm just going to read you can you know my email, you can email me your own thoughts. I'll keep those confidential. Number one, how concerned are you about your own, or your households financial stability over the next six months, a lot, some a little not concerned at all. So if you just want to click on those
there click on one, and then we'll.
When Garrett sees answers. He'll close it.
I forgot to click. Oh well, you know my okay so here. So, I have to change my glasses I
realized I can read it for you. So, we had just pretty even distribution they're tied for a little tied for concerned a little bit with 29% about 29% were concerned a lot. 26% had some concern and 16% were not concerned.
All right. So the hunch has some validity there. Let's bring the next question, if you would,
How much money do you have in your emergency fund. These are the choices. I have no emergency fund, less than $400 between 400 and 1000, or more than 1000.
This is your.
How are we doing Garrett. Good.
You want to read them. Sure.
So, 59% have more than 1000 emergency fund that's some good news about 24% of between 400 and 1,006% have less than 412%. For folks have no emergency fund.
Alright, so there's another hunch that's working. Let's. Okay. Are your credit cards maxed out. Yes. No, I don't use credit cards.
Are we doing
We have 63% that do not have maxed out credit cards, 25% don't use credit cards, and 13% do have maxed out credit
cards. All right,
I think. Do we have another one I think
you got a bunch.
All right, is your credit score, 600, or higher, yes, no, or I don't know.
So, at 3% said their score is 600 or higher, 11% said. It is lower than 606% didn't know.
Now, two more two more
tomorrow. Okay. Have you used a payday lender in the last three months, yes or no.
I can see this one. 100%
No, that is good news.
All right. And last question.
Are you worried about your job indeed. Not at all. Some very worried. I don't have a job,
do not have a job as for ul,
not a paying job let's say that right.
All right, I'm excited about this one you guys excited about the results on this one.
Go ahead. Oh, 54% of us are somewhat worried about our job ending. 37, that's over half of us have some worries 37% are not worried at all. 7% don't have a job and 2% just one person is very worried.
All right, that's a lot of people worried sorry.
No everybody thank you thanks for doing this. I'm seeing the chat, it looks like there's some kind of affirmation out there that this is a real issue for people who are at the lower end of the salary scale or the hourly wage scale. So anybody who wants to, you know, certainly be part of a loose Working Group, let me know. I'm going to take this information with what I've been told. Anecdotally from some of you and go back to Seattle credit union now and see if there's anything,
point credit scores because that's one cut off on refinancing and financing car loans, so that that was that point. So, as I'm thinking now. Those of you who are of sufficient means that these issues are not a concern, it this is not anti people making good salaries, this is sort of like lenders already have programs for people of high wealth, they reach out to them and help them manage their wealth. So, what I'm looking at is how do we get at least one credit union, if not more, to do the same thing for people of low wealth. We can't fix the salaries, right now, but maybe we can do some things that help staff, be able to get up every morning go to work with less personal financial risk in their lives. So, that's my schpeel. So,
as always, thank you. Thank you for letting me do things like this with you. And please read the email because it's got really good links in it for how you can participate in advocacy. Let me tell you if you pray, pray that the republicans in the senate get their act together and do something about a federal relief bill, like by in the next three hours. And if you don't do whatever it is you do to send energy that way. This is just unconscionable.
But that's it.
All right, thank you Marine, and we all know how to get ahold of you with questions. We are going to slide into an update from owl on a collaboration that he and I are working with and marine with the chamber, not the Chamber of Commerce just the chamber. Still bothered by that.
We haven't talked about this but could you set up a kind of a yes or no. It's generally okay to proceed kind of thing at the end. I will try.
I have no idea how to do this
or many of you will recall that back before COVID about Tom Pearson who was president who is president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce here in town, came to one of our meetings and he voiced general support for a collaboration between the chamber and the Homeless Coalition around issues of housing and employment, and then subsequently he went back and appointed an architect named Ben Ferguson to chair, a new affordable housing committee within the chamber
there at night I've met with been
before COVID to explore how some kind of collaboration might work but then it was interrupted by COVID. And we've only recently resumed our conversations. We met virtually on April 17 and again yesterday, had a candid and open discussion we agreed on a general framework or collaboration around three issues. One is the lack of attainable attainable housing, not just for those people in the lowest income brackets but also for people of middle and even higher incomes there's just not enough housing, and the ultimate solution is to develop enough safe and healthy housing options for everybody in Tacoma. The second area, and this is already a big area for the chamber is the need for expansion of employment training in both traditional and emerging skill sets. Because access to employment is a fundamental gateway to being able to afford housing. For those who are able to work. And finally equitable access to housing and work opportunities is foundational to solving these issues and achieving adjust society and we were very pleasantly surprised that the Chamber of membership is now very concerned about equity. So there's a good deal of overlap in ways that we might collaborate in in advocating together or supporting each other in these general areas, and we feel pretty comfortable about that but then there's the fact that sometimes our interests, may be compatible and on some strategies that may really conflict regarding others and how do we deal with that so we agreed that the two parties can support each other actively and publicly when our strip strategies are mutually acceptable. And we can be passive by choosing not to oppose the other party when one doesn't fully agree but doesn't strongly object to a strategy, and we can publicly oppose each other when we are opposed to each other. But we'll maintain a continuing and respectful and healthy collaboration, knowing that our interests, inevitably will conflict on some strategies, but to varying degrees. And we want to keep open communication and respect between both groups. So we submitted that summary and Ben Ferguson submitted, another summary and unfortunately when I printed it out it comes out microscopic and I
rarely read it.
But he was more than what he wrote has a lot of agreement with what I had written it's just in a different style. And he proposes a sort of a coordinating committee between the two organizations, and then small subcommittees focusing one on increasing housing stuff. Another on developing education workforce and another one on realizing, equity, and we're not sure at this point how those trains may function, we need to develop a few more participants on each side and talk about that we may end up in some cases, initiating actions we are we may end up in some cases, deciding to support something like that the employment people are doing or, or that.
Anyway, it's been a, it's been a pleasant surprise how much actual overlap there is between their interests and our interests, especially in regard to the fact that a lot of housing now as unaffordable to people who are of middle incomes.
so there's grounds to, to work together, there are particular focuses that we've talked about or that there are zoning, and land use issues that that stifle housing development and it may be that we should all join together, and advocate for changes in those for example. So that's the that's that's the general place where we are at this point. Maureen has joined our discussion Derrida's Garrett and I started, and Marina has joined and we're trying to get a few others involved in this particular effort, but I bring these to you to get some kind of sort of sense of whether it's okay for us to proceed. I will post both of these web pages on the web, listserv after a while, but I appreciate any questions you have at this point, and any opinions, regardless of where you are on that continuum.
I've got the poll queued up if you want me to throw when you want me to throw that up just let me know how
well that's if people have particular questions, let's talk about those right now and then we'll do the poll.
Now this is Sheila, I'm wasn't the Chamber of Commerce, I'm a sponsor of sorts to that huge event that took place at the convention center last year. And I think Tom. Pearson also spoke there.
I don't know anything about that. Did you feel the animal more.
Oh, I don't remember what it was called but there was a bunch of people from the coalition that that went into one of those breakout sessions. Yeah, but the chamber was responsive.
We were invited several members that participate in some discussions about this. What if one of you who did participate can come and I appreciate it
immensely hear talking about two different things.
the League of Women Voters did a really big thing on homelessness at the convention center, but there was another thing the chamber did when they invited us to their annual breakfast to have a pre conversation. And those, those two things happened, not too far apart so they may have gotten muddy there were several people who were at both.
I was at the one where I remember hearing Tom Pearson speak that's the one I was talking about, which is the one that the Homeless Coalition was invited to thank you for clarifying Theresa.
There was the summit.
Yeah, there's a panel Sherry was on the panel Greg Walker was on the panel James were you on the panel. I was on the panel.
Theresa and I were
I was traeth was on the panel. Yeah, a little murky. Yeah, and that was kind of a invitation only subset of the entire annual massive chamber summit, and was kind of his soft kickoff of their work around homelessness.
I did think that yesterday on the call the few of us with Ben Ferguson. He made some wonderful statements about homelessness and homeless people and kind of a rights of people, even though I don't think he would say it in those terms but he'd be worth recording with that statement. The other thing is people may or may not, I know the league, people are. Excuse me, aware but everybody might not be but Sarah Rankin the Seattle you law professor has been working on homelessness for years, have put together a group with Seattle business people called the third door. Excuse me and that's specifically around permanent supportive housing and a few other things and so we can put that link out on the listserv two people want to take a look at what a nearby community has done,
specifics but I know over the last year or two, every once in a while I run across postings on Facebook, from different cities around the country where there have been effective partnerships between the Chamber of Commerce and advocates for solutions to homeless
and other questions
do you have to do the poll. Is it okay for us to proceed.
All right. You got one Novotel and the rest are Yes.
Well thank you very much. We will, I will post both of these. One pagers after the meeting, and we will keep you all informed as we go it's going to be kind of glacial. This is really looking at the long term. I'm not sure whether the column but, but, but, James and how is it not necessarily solutions to the whole problem. But I think we can be very useful to the chamber and they can be useful to us. Thank you.
Great, thanks Sal. We sounds like we as a community are gonna have some safe parking coming up pretty soon. I think we sort of picked our way around the announcement of the funding that was supplied to the project Shannon and Colin and put together you guys aren't talking about how much he got, and what your plans are Colin and Janet.
Hello Yes, yes we can for sure I will talk and Janet, feel free to. If you can let me know any questions that you see coming up because I'm terrible at that. And then, obviously, anything you want to put in on it also Janet. So yes, we were, we were granted $150,000 from the greater Tacoma Community Foundation. So when I say we, I am working with MDC on this so MDC is the fiscal agents. We've talked about some of this before, but really the plan is it's called the safe parking network which I will give credit and kudos to the Janet for which I think is a really a really neat name and truly describes what ideally this will look like it's definitely going to be a network a community thing. It's going to be a pilot program that will offer safe car camping and multiple locations ideally throughout Pierce County, that's a big push of this will be done in partnerships with one of the keys, this is going to be extremely flexible partnerships with either faith based organizations who I think we've heard a loud voice from interest in this, but it's also open if there's nonprofits throughout Pierce County that want to participate and they think they may have a spot then we are open to that. One of the groups and I don't want to put them out like they have some commitment or anything but an example would be Metro parks has reached out national parks to management and they want to be involved in conversations, which I think is super exciting because they have a lot of property and I think they could play a really key role and we kind of think about car camping. So like I said the emphasis will be for it to not be sites to not necessarily be in city of Tacoma. That does not mean that we're not open to sites in the city of Tacoma but really I think the pushes let's really try to get these out to other areas of the county. He's Pierce County, maybe the Lakewood area, I think we've heard people talk about even smaller areas. So as we've gone through this, we kind of went back and forth on how can we really squeeze this money and get the most out of it possibly and I think we all know that's very very tough to do. But I think we came up with this networking plan, which basically consists of organizations that are interested will reach out to basically the fiscal agent which is MDC and myself, we will have an advisory committee, the organization's will fill out a very basic application. Basically saying what their plan is, here's what we want to do we have room for 10 vehicles. So they'll fill out a very basic application with us. They will will will review the application figure out is this something that we want to fund is the return on investment is this worthwhile. They will tell us what the amount of one time so basically what the funding will do is we will we will provide a one time assistance of funding so an example, I think the most realistic example is garbage services and portable hygiene units and hand washing stations. So, what would the cost of that be this funding will go through December, end of December, so through 2020. So what is the monthly cost of that we'll pencil it out to see okay you need $12,000 for hygiene services and that's really what your ask is, well then we would, if we're in agreement the advisory committees in agreement. This is what we want to fund, then we will provide that one time assistance through the funding to them, and then we will also offer other services to them as they're setting up will help with site design will help with ideas for site setup will help with connection to services, when I say connection to services I really think that this is going to be something that leans heavily on many of the partners, many of whom I've talked to about this many who I have not from the community to to really kind of collaborate on this together. There's not a lot of funding for like positions right so that's something that is truly lacking in this and we're really going to try to, and that's really from the voices that we heard and feedback that we got from actually the coalition and some of our other community partners. So, that's kind of. That's a very very basic, basic kind of idea of what some of the gist of it will look like. And it's just going to really vary site to site on what the need is, but if if a partner came forward and they said hey we're good on, we have, we have bathrooms at our facility and we don't need garbage services but what we really want is we want to have a part time security person that's on site from this time to this time and we want you to set up a perimeter fence around the sites. Okay, then put that together with the cost of that looks like we would talk about it as a group and then we'd say all right this is what we will provide.
We did not not get all of our funding one of the there was going to be basically one position which would be a services or a housing navigator through MDC that would engage and connect with all of the sites with individuals to try to connect them to whether it's coordinated entry or hopefully many of these households would be really trying to divert them out of our system so they don't make it in, which obviously could happen through coordinated coordinated entry also with the funding. I'm not exactly sure what that position is going to look like. That is a conversation that I'm going to have with MDC management on Monday morning. I would say anybody who is interested in participating in this conversation. We're going to Megan capes was gracious enough to set up a zoom meeting for us it's going to be this Monday, which I believe is the 10th at 10 or noon. So if you wanted to be added to that invite there's quite a few people that are already on it. Feel free, free to either reach out to myself or just put your information in the chat box and we'll get you added to when you invited to that meeting that meeting is just really going to be kind of a strategic planning just to say hey what are we thinking, does anybody there's a few individuals that have already stepped up and said hey I think I might be interested so to me it's going to be kind of formally pushing on those a little bit more. But, yeah, we're kinda. It's, I want to get this going as quickly as we possibly can. My goal would be that this is definitely up and running by September one crossing my fingers for that if we don't have to do any hiring within MDC then that could happen. I think that that would be something that would slow it down. But yeah, there's gonna be a lot of pieces to it, and I'm super excited and I'm super excited for the conversation on Monday to really get feedback on gaps questions, concerns, and other thoughts on it, you know. So let me know if you guys have any questions I'm sure you do, I know that's very kind of general, but that's kind of where we're at right now with it also so
that was not very general That was lovely and specific call and thank you I feel like I've got a real grasp on what you guys are doing and your approach so much appreciated.
And I would just follow up real quick and I would say, um, you know some of the just to be completely transparent some of the some of the models that we looked at there were some other safe car camping models that were shared that were great, but also you know I live in the city of Peoria and I think the freezing nights model though this is quite different you know this is vehicles. But I think from a ob just be honest, volunteer volunteer voluntary volunteers volunteerism, just really collaboration and coordination with partners is going to be huge and key to this being successful and I think the freezing nights program in Pugh all up we're going to really tap into some of their leadership there, but I think that gets to be some of the examples of, like, how can this work and just kind of really being flexible on what volunteers can look like what partnerships can look like. Yeah. Ganon I don't know if you have any
Teresa, Teresa you have a question.
So, I'm, I'm very grateful for the work you're doing and I'm delighted that you got funding. I'm concerned about Tacoma being left out of the initial stages because we, our neighborhood is unlikely to be impacted by a safe lot and Fiala, most of the people who live on my street and cars don't have really good cars, they're not going to be going back and forth much distance. There's a huge number of people living in cars in the city of Tacoma who are unlikely to be able to go outside of Tacoma, and it seems like. Please God just one one parking lot in Tacoma to show a model of what can happen here, and where there's actually a place that people can say yes there is some place you can go. That's the missing link that's what we've been working for so long and the idea of not there not being any end integral I totally appreciate the need for things outside of Tacoma as well. But the idea of not focusing on getting one into coma right away, disheartens me.
I would just say, to be clear, in my mind, I'm really trying to push for outside of Tacoma but in my, in my mind, like best case scenario we get to, I've always envisioned to getting to go to, to start with, one of them being in a coma one of them not right. So I totally agree. I mean we're silly if we're burying our head in the sand if we pretend that a majority of the cars are not into coma. So I think that I am totally open to that I think once again just to say it again I think Metro parks when I think it Tacoma, obviously Metro parks is in Tacoma, a majority so i think that's that's going to be someone who I'm looking at I think we're also really open to, you know, other for sure other areas in Tacoma there's already been one faith based organization that from, not too far from you I don't want to say who they are always stepped out and said hey we're interested so totally I'm totally my ultimate thing with this and that's what's great about this greater Tacoma money, which. Thank you so much, they're just such a great asset to have is being flexible and really using the ability with this money I think it really has provided us with the ability to be flexible, adjust make changes, think outside of some of the boxes that oftentimes we're stuck in through other funding sources which are also awesome but I think that that's that's what's exciting about this program is, we have the funding that's key so that we can be flexible and creative, and we can try something out and you know what if that site doesn't work that's the great thing about safe car camping, you can just stop it and move on to another spot. It's very, the infrastructure so basic, you know, but I hear you loud and clear Theresa.
Well, so, and you also know that I had strong feelings about the parks not being the solution to homelessness, because parks are so critical to our central neighborhoods that to, to create the encampments or the safe lots in our parks is not my favorite idea. But right now, I would not stand in the path of a bulldozer I just say, you know, if there's going to be a safe lot of course it's going to be near me.
Yeah, and I would say to be clear I'm using I'm throwing Metro parks out there and by no means I can just imagine someone's on here for Metro going we're doing safe car camp. I'm not saying that all I'm saying that they've showed interest I think you're totally right and I think we could fill in parks with about 10 other things that we also would agree like sidewalks like other parking lots, like this that that's not, but I think we also in the times we're in. I think that we have to be open to ideas but I totally agree with you, and I think our parks are special and. Yeah,
All right, awesome update much appreciate it and y'all know how to get a hold of Colin and Joe Janet you had something.
Yeah, I've been taking notes from the chat good comments, all of them. And we'll put them on the agenda for tomorrow. I mean for Monday. Thank you, Megan for stepping up and providing the zoom platform.
It's gonna be a sad day when Megan has to go back to work again.
Online next year
until the fall.
But no, the invitation is out I just want to say TSA has a zoom account, and I'm happy to run like logistics of a meeting if we ever wanted to do strategy and send out like surveys to figure out. So if happy to be there and supportive, like logistical work. Yeah.
Cool. And a
quick update speaking to Megan. She
So she and the democratic socialists, to come up, chapter, are working on putting some pressure on the city of Tacoma continually about their about their decision to eliminate civil rights investigators with the city so I am going to send out a link, I don't know that I have quite yet to the online form that that some folks created for us to allow us to tell stories about people that have benefited from civil rights investigations, and that'll be some good storytelling we can do with city council members, and the media, and others to help explain why this this decision by the city really is kind of going against their stated aims at a more racially equitable community. So that's just a quick update because we are, we're behind. And so, again, super appreciate the partnership and the and all the support that Megan can bring to bear on important issues in the democratic socialists, of course, James I'm just going to hand it off to you.
Yeah. So, according to our agenda, we are adjourned right now or will be certainly, so I'm going to ask you guys to bear with me. And we have a plan for a group of us to meet right after this meeting so hopefully this can kind of get the ball rolling and we can have a good discussion and we have time for a lot of us who are already going to meet afterwards so if you're able to stay please do a couple of things just for everyone's benefit as Gary announced kind of subtly. If you haven't heard or read your emails. He is moving on to greener pastures in the world and a lot of the work that we've done here at the coalition, typically since COVID has hit and we've gone virtual has really fallen on Garrett's shoulders. And so we both have to appreciate Derek for all the work he's done he's really taken a lot of his personal time and money and energy to keep this coalition going and making sure that we're, we're doing what we intended to do, years ago. And if you haven't been here for a long time we'll do a two minute kind of what what the coalition has done the last couple of years. And then we're going to start diving into what do we do, what do we need to do and what do we need to keep. And how do we do that so I'll do as quick as I can. The coalition has a has evolved over many years in many forms and Pierce County. This group right here that kind of has been his weekly SWAT team. Education Center has really started when the city of Tacoma. In 2017 declared the state of emergency. That was Mayor Strickland at the time. Collins kind of smiling because he was a city staff member who was who was working on that. And some of us agencies were asked to help implement the mitigation site which ultimately became the stability site. And so, we rallied our partners at the time, and there were a lot of partners who came out of the woodwork, that we didn't know. We started meeting every week with the goal of supporting the encampments that were that were building up. And then after we kind of got that systemized after about three or four months, we started tackling other bigger issues that were citywide countywide wide, it's evolved as you guys can tell into advocacy and government updates. And honestly, the strength of the coalition has been this kind of weekly ongoing meeting with information flowing very quickly, people volunteering, you know, a couple of years ago we also were able to build kind of an emergency response to the Tiki and Mirko apartments when they had their kind of mass eviction stuff going on that changed the energy at one point we've also had an opportunity now to go dress you know safe parking and other emergency stuff is happening so we've really been able to be flexible and move back and forth and address a lot of emergent needs. And so with that said, and specifically with Garrett transitioning out of this role, we need to kind of ask the question, what is the value of the coalition. And what do we need to make sure we keep, of course, what does everyone actually benefit from it. We definitely have gotten some feedback and a group of us who have been here working on the Coalition for the last three years met last Friday, and we have our notes. I'm going to do my best if I was in a Salvation Army live, I would kind of walk around and do some funny stories and the mic around and and point on people when we would go to this conversation. I'm not going to do all of that fun. I want to be sensitive of time and I can't do all that but I do want to ask people to share, at least one like one minute kind of statements of something that's really important for you, for the coalition, something you've gotten from the coalition, and something you really want to make sure you don't lose Garrett is going to take notes as we do this, I'm going to encourage people who are either new to the coalition who just discovered it recently maybe this is their first meeting and they somebody told them about it. So I would love to ask people to just unmute themselves and share I'm going to try it this way if it becomes a cluster I will just call on people one at a time it will just go person by person for all the people that have talked today for all the people that are on the think tank. If we can reserve, all those people who've shared their, their information for the last half or, like, give like 10 or 20 minutes for people who haven't shared to go first. And we'll try it that way. So, if you're here if you're here for the first time, if you've been here a couple of times, if you're not a regular attendee, I would love to invite you to share First, I'm going to stop talking but you can answer one or two questions like, like what you were told that brought you to the coalition, or why you keep coming. I guess the last piece is one thing you make sure we don't want to lose, as we're kind of redesigning, how we're going to implement the coalition, so I'm going to stop now, and offer space for people to unmute themselves. And we'll try to do it. The best we can without me having to micromanage.
Alright, Well I'll jump to the names randomly that don't have pictures that I've never heard of before and ask them why they're here. So I'm going to pick a name that's just the last name I can see kitana. You want to share what brought you here, or what you hope to gain.
How can you hear me.
My name is Larry. I'm a reentry navigator at community college, and with the Department of Corrections. So I help individuals gain housing when they're exiting the Department of Corrections and transitioning back into the community. And I also work with them through our chat program at TCC where we assist them as students with housing, through our program at TCC. Thank you.
brought you here like what what did you hear about the coalition and Why'd you come today.
I used to come quite a bit. But I got pulled away, because of the cold but so my job changed. I was unable to make the meetings for a couple of months now. But, I used to come here to these meetings pretty regularly. Every Friday. When I first started this job. 17 months ago at TCC, but now that my Fridays are. I don't have to be in the facility now so I'm outside now, I can be can reengage with this and attend these meetings again. But, you know, this is a concern for the community and for the people that we all stir, collectively, so I enjoy hearing what the community has to say and what all the other individuals that are collectively helping to this homelessness work, whether it's community or whatever it is, areas, but you know we're all engaged in this together so for me it's just to hear you know a little bit of where everybody's at, and to see if we can help one another, because we're on. Well, that's what we're doing is working on it all for people. So, that's my mind. Thank you.
Thank you. So I'm gonna pick other names, I see people are dropping off getting nervous I'm gonna call on them so be careful, I see a name I haven't talked to in a while Charlene Fitz you.
Yes. Good morning. Good morning. Um, I like the networking, finding out about all the different resources out there I always say there's there's great resources but oftentimes they go on tap because we just don't know about them or how to access them so that's been very helpful, and just getting the word out about homelessness, you know, educating
official government officials or family or friends or neighbors, and then participating in those events that that raise that awareness of what homelessness is and then what we can do to combat that and and to gain support for our efforts so it's just very motivating
to attend these meetings. Awesome. Thanks. Thank all thanks to all of you.
And then another name I'd definitely recommend is Jennifer Emmons if you would share.
Sorry had to unmute. So I'm a legal aid attorney with Northwest Justice Project, and yes I used to be the chair. We serve plenty of clients who are homeless or on the verge of homeless or coming back from homelessness. And so I like to attend these meetings to stay on top of what resources are available, and also kind of keep out there in the back of people's minds that we are a resource and can sometimes help people break down barriers to get back into housing, or to avoid an eviction in the first place and keep them house.
And of course we'd like to provide updates on the latest legal things like eviction moratoriums getting extended and what that means.
Thank you. I'm Peter Benjamin.
I really enjoyed the information sharing, I often come to these meetings in order to figure out what's going on in the community because I do feel kind of disconnected through my everyday working job. Being a housing specialist. So, allows me to ground myself in what the communities doing.
Thank you. Natalie Renteria hope I said that right.
Going once, going twice. We'll come back to Natalie, Todd Hobart.
Sorry I'm right here.
Oh, Natalie, go ahead. Sorry.
Yeah. Um, so
I just wanted so again Natalie you're in Syria with amerigroup Washington health plan. Under Washington Apple Health.
Earlier, I shared
this this thing on the charges asking for volunteer opportunities around Pierce County, I'm compiling a list. Me and some, some of my co workers at amerigroup are interested in volunteering. And so, here in Pierce County so if there's any virtual opportunities so like data entry or anything like that, or making some phone calls or any in presenting and relating back to schools coming up so maybe some people need help with filling. Back to School items in a backpack or just serving lunch or anything like that, please let me know. I did put my information in the chat.
That's about it. Oh no, in the description.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I'm looking for right now. And if anybody needs help with any back to school. Any coated projects. We are doing sponsorships for that stuff too so my contact information is a. I think it was towards the beginning of the meeting so it says Natalie Renteria at amerigroup.
Awesome, thank you and I think once we get this whole list compiled and we start to figure out how we're going to build a coalition in the future we may need to find some volunteers, so we'll be in touch. Todd Perfect. Thank you. Thank you. Yeah. This is Todd Hobart with all of crest in the Safe Families for children program, and I love this coalition I love the energy, I think it's rare to find so many people engaged on a weekly basis, I don't think there's another coalition like it so we've really enjoyed being involved with it for some of the same reasons listed up there I think networking has been really important for us, getting to know other agencies in the community what their resources are, and just finding out things that are going on with homelessness in the community.
Great, Thanks, and make Michelle and Michelle will try my best.
Mitch Mitch, thank you tough one. Yeah, we should have brought into the vowel with us over to the country. Um, hi. So my name is Mitch. I'm here, you know, in my official capacity is my day job with United Healthcare we're another managed care organization serving people on Medicaid and Medicare. I've also been on the board of the San Joaquin County coalition on homelessness for the last like seven years. And we also just went through a strategic planning process and I know it's not the same but you know for what it's worth, I think some of the things that we found, have been really really helpful in sort of a unique role the coalition has been able to play in that community has been the community building and the meetings, giving people opportunities to talk to each other and something that a couple, I've just started getting to attend these meetings and a couple of adventure I've seen a lot of that. And then the advocacy has been a really unique role that sometimes I think the coalition's are able to play where, whereas the service providers aren't so I don't know if that's helpful at all but something that I think is is a unique role that I've seen Coalition's on homelessness be able to play around the country and in Seattle. I have some direct experience.
Great, thanks. Definitely a name I know Pam silver.
Hello, good to see everybody. I like zoom, it's working. I do it every day. Well I'm, I'm from Molina Healthcare. I'm a community connector and that's exactly what I do is I try to connect the community to the Molina members that need help. One thing is I believe in with our homelessness. If I can't keep somebody's house, I can't keep them well. So this has absolutely been a godsend for me to be able to belong to the Coalition for all these years, get to see exactly how we can house people and it is possible. So working with the, the Nativity house, the, the, all of the homeless shelters it's absolutely wonderful to see that there's so many of us that really can make a difference. So yes thank you I'm glad to get to be part of the coalition, even on zoom.
Awesome. Thanks, Pam. I'm gonna say gene B.
I believe this gene I work with that the community services Rapid Rehousing program. And I joined on because I was told to me by my supervisor. But, um, I attended maybe three meetings, and I have enjoyed finding out more about what I can do to end homelessness and gaining different resources that I can offer to my clients.
Hey everybody I'm Kenny COBOL from the city of Tacoma. I definitely agree with the networking, I think, for me, I've been excited about this coalition coalition about for the opportunities to keep the lines of communication open.
I imagine in some ways the city.
It can probably feel like that's a really difficult thing and I feel that way working for the city myself. It's so big. It's hard to keep track and how, how to know how to hear from each other so every opportunity that I have to help any of y'all communicate better with the city I'm happy to do that. And, and this has been a huge opportunity for me because I'm my in my job as community engagement coordinator, and I get to keep believing that we make better decisions as a city when we listen to people who are most impacted by the work we do. And in so many ways, on people experiencing homelessness are obviously some of the most vulnerable people in our community. So, to and to have the opportunity to
what they think about our policies and programs and be all of you is just incredibly invaluable You make my job so much easier, and I've just been really grateful to be a part of this so thanks. Thank you.
There's a phone number listed the last digits are 1807. I don't have a name but if that's you and you want to unmute yourself and share.
Hello, this is Rich bro camera. Hey reds. Hi.
Yeah, it's difficult to assess the level of value that I have, you know, really accumulated over the past two years being associated with the coalition. And I would say that, perhaps the easiest thing for me to say is, when I go from, you know, state to state, and then taking a look and analyzing other other like a systems. I come back with even a greater appreciation for what's being provided here with respect to the relationships with with so many people I never would have met otherwise the resources that are out in the field, have access to, in real time, the lists are many other things have just been beneficial, really, in my day to day process with with those that are experiencing homelessness in the county. So, thank you, everyone, for everything, provided in friendship and support. And,
and everybody thinks so. Thank you.
Thank you. My whole screen just kind of jumbled up so I hope I don't double call on people but I know I haven't called on the name this is Newton, and one.
All right, I'm gonna try another name if that person, Newton and what Oh perfect they're unmuted okay yeah.
I'm a registered nurse and I work with the chat program from CMR, which is Community Health Action Team, and we primarily work with homeless people who have substance abuse issues or significant health problems that they're having difficulty
using, you know, managing because of homeless life is not conducive to a pillbox of 50 things so
we work with them we have a nurse practitioner on our team and
mental health specialists who can go to the encampments and things so
it's really good that way and I come to coalition meetings for, you know, to
that kind of thing. Mostly.
Hey, thank you.
It's okay if I cut in this arena, and I work for the nonprofit batas, and we're starting a rapid rehousing program for youth, 24 and under. But I've been in housing. I mean an employment case manager for the housing for Success Program. Just to give you a little update on me, that I come to these meetings for collaboration. Maybe I'm echoing some people but definitely resources. And in the beginning when we were kind of meeting together, maybe not quite the beginning but there was like a week where there was a youth focused. We had like the third week was going to be USD focused. That was really cool.
So, that that's mine. Thank you.
Thank you. And I guess I should also ask once we are past the original agenda if there's somebody who desperately wants to share as up against time. I will go ahead and volunteer to let somebody just jump in who may be up against 11 o'clock meeting or something so I'll take a second anybody.
I gotta roll soon. But, my name is Megan I'm with Tacoma democratic socialists of America, but, um,
anyone that has known me a while, I used to work before becoming a teacher. As a staffer at Nativity house and the food bank next door, and watched the impact of policy and lack of funding like impacting people's lives. Especially folks that were living on sheltered and just. So, as like an organizer shifting out of that realm and going into teaching the coalition has been a space that I really really appreciate. And like really appreciate the strong relationship that PDSA and the coalition has built over the last year to like work with each other to elevate the issues and concerns that matter, so that we're able to push the city and the county to make change that we want to see. So I've just come to the coalition, as a space and a resource and relationship building, so that we can really make a difference. So, but it's wonderful to be with you all. Yeah.
Thank you. Again, I'll let invite anybody who has a time crunch and needs to jump off to share anything that they have gotten from the value of the coalition and or what they want to make sure we maintain as we kind of redesign, a little bit, or redistribute this. Can I be heard. All right.
So my mate, I'm homeless outreach worker comprehensive. The, I wanna second some of the stuff that I've heard here which is the network building, and the community building the collaboration, 100% are really really important the ability to access advocacy related to the work. I think has been really vital to me. And it's related to these things but most specifically I think the sense of mentorship, that I've received from people that have been in the community and the service, and the service, kind of industry for a while has really made doing the job much much more feasible. And I think that that that sense of kind of connectedness to other folks that are struggling against the same thing is a thing that I would desperately want to keep and whatever we do next.
I'm gonna again by people that are up against time to share first.
All right then, the next name on my list is Rachel Benson. Hi, I'm Rachel
I work for the low income housing Institute and I provide case management services here at the Tacoma emergency micro shelter. We just relocated or expanded actually and are now at East 60th and McKinley. I'm here with my colleague ty. We are here to learn about all the resources available to our clients and really just network with others that share our mission to end homelessness in Pierce County Tacoma, and really thank you to everybody that makes this coalition possible, and thank you for having us.
Great on my screen, read the thing again so I'm going to try again will William rose I'm sure that's William rose Yeah, I think it is. Otherwise w rose.
All right. The first name, Tara.
I hope I pronounced that correctly Tara.
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Or maybe smear Oh floor. I don't know, S, Mina Florida.
Good morning, James, Sheila.
Hi. Happy Friday to everybody and it's so good to see everybody here today. I think my big thing is collaboration, I have learned so much and been able to, to grow professionally from having attended these coalition meetings, and I look forward to, to greater and bigger things. Thank you.
Awesome. I am seeing some people get I'm sure you're getting in the, in the message that are sharing their, their needs before they jump off so make sure we capture that in there. Perfect. So if you are a person that either came to or you had second thoughts or you wish you could have shared more or you don't want to share, feel free to drop your suggestion in the chat box. As you need to go or you choose not to share, but Roxanne, you're the next name on my list.
Hi, I can share. Awesome, so I originally came because
I live on the Kp
surprise, and I just felt
like we weren't getting any assistance out here. And I found that I was sort of wrong, looking for resources found that there are plenty of resources we just needed to ask. Being involved with the Homeless Coalition has led me to being on the continuum of care finding out how important that is for the coalition also finding out that there are a lot of people that don't know about the continuum of care. So it's important to get that out, also finding out that in being on the continuum of care we have a lot more. I wouldn't say power, but we have a lot more strength than we think we have. So that's been important to learn as well. It's really motivating to be involved with the Homeless Coalition, so I plan on being here for a long time. Thank you.
Awesome, thank you Roxanne. And so the next person I'm going to share is actually one of the things that's helped me in the coalition. I think of a year ago maybe two was our resident artists the city of Tacoma paid for these projects to do some education and plays and self stories and during that process I met and hired Stephanie Glover so you're down you're next.
Or she's not there. Well, thanks Stephanie for not knocking at home for me I lobby up there something and he just let me hang in
Hi this is Quinn.
I'm one of the rapid rehousing case managers at Catholic community services, and I was about to text you. So I'll just read what I wrote.
I like the camaraderie and everyone is on the same page. I believe this group provides unity impact the fight of homelessness. I think this was mentioned earlier about volunteers who would like to see more participation making our group grow and become stronger, like strengthen numbers. I find this group are great and valuable
place to be meeting with everyone here. I've learned so much. Thank you.
Hi, I'm calling from Catholic news services and rapid rehousing.
I learned about this group was through my supervisor. So I came on board just to see the statistical data, you guys provide possible the impact icpc from the data that is contributed from the city, and also additional was it resources or any new updates as well.
Thank you, Jeff Rogers.
I'm just listening, sorry it took me so long to respond but I'm just listening to the comments James Thanks. Okay,
thank you. I'll try again with Stephanie if you ask Stephanie Glover if you can hear him you're
All right. I have just a name Amanda.
Okay, Amanda going once. Oh, it sounds looks like Patricia may will be interested to share Patricia you can be next on my list Patricia's iPhone.
This is actually Patty.
Patty with the why.
Can you hear me.
I was part of the original emergency state of emergency back and this first started from sound outreach. And I have enjoyed just watching the progression of this collaborative and how much it's grown. And we all come together with one common goal is that to help people and that looks in different ways for all of us, and I believe that. Just the networking and the community, the, you know, the community support for each other, has been beneficial. And I also enjoy receiving like advocacy information what they're doing on like a national level for homelessness and, You know the institution for ending homelessness and bringing that information to us, has been really beneficial, as well as Marines updates in the for our bills and I just live up coming all the time. That's it.
Awesome. Thank you, Patty. Amanda called on previously Amanda with just the name Amanda.
James This is rosemary, I'm gonna need to go.
I since I didn't talk earlier though you do see me a lot.
I am a recovering Catholic and I tell you, this is, this is a little better than church. Well, I I really like this place as a place to come together to meet each other to know the faces behind the resources, and especially the flexibility of a coalition that does not have to spend a lot of time coming up with a common position because we have a common store of knowledge that allows us to reach those important shared positions in ways that can affect policy, and for which we can advocate with different voices but a voice that becomes more and more important in this city. As we continue to become strong so yay for the coalition.
Thanks. That was Mary. I think it's a good reminder if anybody has to leave I grant this minute and hasn't had a chance to share or send a message in the group chat, I'm gonna give a second for anybody who needs to share before I go back to column names.
Hello everyone. Hello.
Hi, my name is Angela. The supervisor of Bethlehem family shelter through MDC. And I was introduced to the coalition by my boss, Colin. And so I'm learning all the resources and networking and all the ways to help the homeless so I appreciate being part of the coalition and learning from here on out.
Anyone else up against time, that really has something they want to make sure that gets heard or shared.
I'm up against time. I've said before that, one of the things that drew me to this coalition was before it started. I viewed the human service system as more of a human service gaggle or each organization was kind of its own silo and they tried to coordinate at the leadership levels but not necessarily at the Dewar levels,
this coalition has enabled.
People who work at all levels of the various organizations to penetrate those silos and work together and share information. And I think this meeting is one important thing but also the listserv has been very important. So those are the reasons why I continue to purchase
and sell. Anyone else up against time,
or that I skipped over and now is available to share.
Third going I have a Dana P.
Good morning. It's good to see you, James, and I've been involved with the Coalition for well it's, it's coming on 14 years now, and many years ago it just seemed like it was primarily like housing service providers, and mostly the bigger agencies, a lot of the smaller but in also back then we did have high attendance and then we went through a period of time where it kind of dwindled and it needed re energizing and that was at the time when the providers that gathered because of this stability site came together. And at that time, we actually kind of merged the coalition but what's so interesting to me is that now we have so many different facets of the community, coming, coming together for this coalition. It's not just the housing people. We've got people in education, people in health care, you know, mental health, the whole ball of wax in that I think has made it very much stronger, and as well as the fact that I like meeting once a week. And in this crisis that we're going through just two weeks time things change. And so, it just keeps us all up to date on what's going on, we can you know come together and share what our, you know, our challenges are in our frustrations and it's just a group of people that, in a sense, you know you can put me is number one on the friendship level two because so many people involved in this coalition. I've known for many years. And I love that small group exercise we did. And, and I just can't see us. First of all, doing anything different than meeting once a week is my recommendation. And we've done so many things right, that, that we just got to keep it going. And, you know, bless Garrett for, for having put in all the effort that he has that we got a week we're going to keep this going.
Thank you. I think that's the goal trying to figure out what parts we need to keep going and who can help us do that. We're pretty much through all the names that don't have video MacBook Pro Do you want to share I'm just kidding calling Do you want to hear up next on my list.
Did you say Colin, I did, I actually said MacBook Pro but,
um, yeah you know I'm one being involved you know it's great to hear Dana, or data but it's been you know I've been involved with this for way too long, obviously, played a really key role and really was playing that key role when this coalition really went through kind of a dive to where I think we struggled with one understanding what our mission was so to come to come back to it and see where it's at, and I mean it's just so very impressive I mean this is just a truly an amazing meeting and I think as Angela from Bethlehem shared shared earlier. To me, the most important thing about it is the some of the new people that come into the system and I think people that have been in it. See the spider web. And we know how to connect to this that and the other. But I think for new people like Angela, she's not at all aware of how this system. What is there, you know, and how we can truly Connect, collaborate, coordinate with others, and just learn to sew. I think to me that's. There's so many all the things mentioned are all the reasons to have it but I think for me the, the learning opportunities are just huge here and then also just the networking is, is massive too so I'm just extremely impressed by where this coalition is out right now and I think it's a model that I haven't seen a lot of other models that are. This impressive So, great job by Garrett and I know James has just really been a key in this also so I'm just very impressed and I'm very hopeful that someone's going to grab that torch and keep us going, you know.
Yeah, I think that's a big part of our conversation the next couple of weeks, but I'll continue. Laurie Davenport
I gotta get that time down. Hi everybody I'm. I'd have to say I've been going to this, these meetings for a while, probably about a year. And I am so impressed in this group. I've been around for a long time I've been part of a lot of groups, but this group of people is really powerful really gets things done. And as a representative of Legal Aid I I echo everything Jennifer Hammond said and obviously that's that's why we're here. It's not that easy for legally to really get down in into where we need to be with social service organizations we're right at the intersection of where people either become homeless or can get out of being homeless. We can do all the little nuts and bolts stuff that people need and the opportunity I've had to interact with people develop relationships just have people send me an inquiry that says hey can you help this person is just, it's really huge. It's, I'm very grateful for it. So thank you.
I look forward to continuing to work with you.
Alan, you're up next.
And I'm Alan brown the housing services director of Catholic community services. Besides echoing what others have said about opportunities for collaboration, which is a big reason that I tune in to the meetings to figure out, you know what, what our part might be in. In, what's going on. I would talk about two other aspects of the coalition I don't know that had been explicitly mentioned. And that is one is the listserv, which I guess we can consider both a blessing and a curse. You know sometimes email gets overwhelmed, but there's a lot of collaboration that that goes on, and, you know, kind of in the moment, problem solving, and I always appreciate him it's another way to learn about resources, or, or share resources. You know, sometimes it gets frustrating I say, why doesn't everybody know about the coordinated entry system. But, you know, then again it's an opportunity for that ongoing education. And then the you know the coalition website
as well, that has a lot of
great information on it. You know that. I don't know that people use enough to, to find out what's going on. So that's what I would add.
Thanks, Alan. Janet.
Okay, thanks for the
chance I wrote something in a chat already
know from a public health perspective we would call this coalition, a rapid response team. So, that was made true when the city Tacoma asked the health department, who then asked Medical Reserve Corps to show up at what became the stability site. We were there for for that, representing public health and urgent care issues. And then, when hepatitis A became a real threat to those living homeless, we were able to spread information immediately to the entire coalition who was able to bring that information back to their agencies, and the big example is COVID from a public health perspective this coalition has been absolutely critical and essential in the effective ways of combating pandemic. So without the coalition we could not we from the public health side, and and the urgent care so I could not have had a, an effective presence, without this platform. So it is absolutely critical that this platform continue on, even if we are in a Kumbaya state about it because I you know we all love each other so what what better way is there to to believe in something like a rapid response team and then actually you like the people you're working with. So, that is that is just critical and then get getting back to Alan's point about the listserv. An example was a neighbor gave me a brand new shower chair, never used and then 24 hours later, there's something on the, on the list their list of this as we need a shower chair. It was delivered that day. So, everything about this is just is just been a pure pleasure, so I'll jump off with that.
Thanks. Teresa, you're up next. I
wasn't excited to be called on because I thought I'd be the last one because I talked so much. So,
Markey, so, um, I would say the only things that I would add to this list are the, I think, a really critical thing about the coalition is the Open Table, that it is permeable that people can join. You don't have to be a any other kind of member, than to just show up.
I also think
big tent, everyone is something that's true. I was thinking about. I don't know if this fits into navies, but I really appreciate the lively dialogue, and the different opinions, so I love the fact that there are a lot of things around on the same page about, but I I come here in part, to have my ideas challenged. And to be able to challenge ideas that are out there in the ether. So, that is about dialogue, which I don't know if that's exactly here anywhere else.
Because the other thing. Oh,
I think that we have proven to be a group that holds public our public funds they use for public funds and they use for public resources, we're able to hold those who are making decisions about those things, those who are dispensing, or dispersing those resources we hold them accountable in a way that I've not been a part of any other group that has been able to do that so well. So, again, these are kind of loose terms to say. And then on top of that, I would. Oh, one, one other thing, you have this thing about youth focused meetings, I would want to add to that and say, I really appreciated the meetings where we focused on specific issues specific groups so I appreciated the formerly incarcerated, focus, we had on some meetings I appreciate the, the, I'm looking forward to the land trust meeting coming up, the fact that we can pull together, these good minds who are working on something into one setting and and focus on that. The last thing that I will say is the small group, the breakout rooms have been great when we've used them I hope we will find a way to use them more often, because there are people who are on, but I see their little black boxes. I know they're here, and I don't ever get to talk with them. Like we used to. And I think that breaking into the small rooms would give us back some of that stronger community feel we had. Then, Garrett, add me to everything else because all those people said, but another one by them because absolutely yes, and I love all of this, and I can't tell you how many if you send this out to the group. After I think you'll find a lot of people, filling in all of them to.
Awesome. That's it.
And our, our last but not least, at least in terms of people that are on my list, or they can see that I have called on would be Maureen.
Thanks, so I began coming back, because of the incredible positive energy in the room, and the diversity in that room, it was just amazing to me. And because these were frontline providers. And so, and I keep coming because I've been in this way too long to stop but also because I really believe good public policy has to have the public involved in it. And that doesn't mean the leaders of the or the usual suspects it means the public and the folks at this table in this big tent are, you're the public, and you provide a platform for advocacy for which I am most grateful.
Right. And I think, at this moment there's a couple of names that I called before if anyone had last comments we've gotten to the part where I think I've called on everyone and we've dwindled from 60 to 20. So I'm assuming most people got their voices heard. I know that the next steps will be for us to kind of look at this stuff and ask ourselves how we can accomplish this, some people met last week to kind of chat out with Garrett how you've been divvying up his time and the tasks that he had to wear, we definitely are gonna do some synthesizing and ask ourselves how we can keep all this work going, most likely, we're going to need a group of volunteers to take bits and pieces of this to keep it, keep it as strong as it's been, but I'm sure we'll get there. Do you have any thing else you want to add Garrett, as I haven't actually call on you either.
No, no, I'm good.
I'm good I can always suggest the total afterwards, no one will know any better.
So with that site. Well, I know a group of us have agreed to stay on after to kind of talk out anything we learned today and I don't know how much energy people have to do that but if, if you are interested to continue, chatting, that would be great if you feel like you've added what you wanted to add this would be a good time to jump off. Give a couple of minutes maybe there if you if you want to know pause or whatever and take like a three minute break so people can adjust themselves and then those of us that are coming back we can come back to this a call right here, or whatever is easiest on the tech side for Garrett.
Yeah I know, some of us need to go to the bathroom, because we have a big bladders of two year olds, so.
So let's take a five minute break. For those that are they agree this day.