Creating Community Voice for
Advocating Housing Justice
Hosted by Vancouver Working Peers / Residents Action Project
Date: November 19, 2018
VHA Community Room, Vancouver WA
15 in attendance. Sign In Sheet
It was a productive lunch time Monday as we welcomed Nick Wood, Community Organizer
from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and he shared with us the 2019 Housing Policy Agenda
goals and brought the following message: " The 2019 Legislative Session is just around the corner and we have crafted an ambitious legislative agenda to build off the amazing progress we made last year.
The successes of 2018 were no accident. The advocacy of Resident Action Project (RAP) leaders, along with the staff and boards of non-profit housing providers, social service agencies, and other advocates in the community moved lawmakers to make incredible strides toward ending homelessness. And it was the personal stories of our advocates that made all the difference.
As we gear up for the 2019 session, we are looking for personal stories of people whose lives have been positively impacted because they live in an affordable home, who utilize the Housing and Essential Needs program, or who’ve been evicted or had their tenancy terminated by a landlord.
This is an opportunity to share your story with advocates and decision makers, to meet with your lawmaker, and possibly even testify in support of a bill! This is also a way to get involved with efforts to organize during the legislative session and beyond.
To sign up please go to www.wliha.org/shareyourtruth and you will be contacted by a Housing Alliance staff person to discuss the multiple ways you can tell your story and to set up an interview. And please share this opportunity widely! Personal storytelling is a key strategy in the fight for housing justice.
John, Teresa, Dimitri, Reiny, Derek and Nick
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance Other Meeting Highlights Mr B
, from Kent, WA and steering committee member of Residents Action Project
explained what RAP was all about and shared parts of his experiences and how it led to advocacy opportunities and personal growth. Shannon Livingood
, of the non-profit Pathways to Living Good
and Clark County RAP member shared with us her story and how it is going to be a part of projects that Washington Low Income Housing Alliance are putting together for our local districts 17, 18 and 49. If you have a personal story that is centered around Housing or Homelessness and would like to share it for Housing Advocacy purposes. Please contact the folks at WLIHA! Laura Ellsworth
, from the Council for the Homeless brought a LOT of information about the upcoming events to prepare for the legislative season and Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on February 28 when
we will FILL THE BUS with authentic community voice and head to Olympia!
We will join more than 600 Housing and Homelessness advocates in Olympia for a powerful day of action. Follow #HHAD2019
on social media for updates! *
See below for some specific *SAVE THE DATES
to get ready for a successful day in Olympia! Upcoming Events & Support:
- Dec 7 2-5pm Opioid Action Summit, Clark County | #OASC18 - RSVP Here
- Dec 10, 12-1pm - Vancouver Working Peers at Clark County Food Bank
- Dec 21, 5:45 -7pm - Homeless Memorial Service at St. Paul's Lutheran
- * Jan 15 5:30-7pm- Homeless Action Plan & Legislative Session Anticipation Update at VHA Community Room
- Jan 24 Project Homeless Connect at St. Joesph & Point In Time Count
- * Feb 7 5:30-7pm - Digging in to the Legislative Session - Legislators and/or their Reps to come talk to us about what’s happening with certain bills, committee hearings, other key dates, etc.
- * Feb 26 5:30-7pm Advocacy Day Training & Preparedness
- * Feb 28 2019, Housing And Homeless Advocacy Day in Olympia
Thank you for being a part of the SW WA Community Health Advocates and Peer Support Network even if you didn't make this last meeting. Reading information, forwarding emails and printing out flyers for the events is also part of engaging, spreading the word, and advocating! Thank you for all you do, when you can do!
We hope to see you next time!