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  • 17 Jul 2014 2:28 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     Please Help! The $15 minimum wage increase is happening in Seattle, and we know it will affect wages throughout the region.  King County policy makers have asked us for estimates of the impact of human services programs in the region bringing their staff salaries up to this level. We want to be able to explain the complexities and the costs of implementing a $15 minimum wage and the impact if there is no additional funding to offset those costs.

    You may already be collecting some of this information at the request of King County.  That may make responding to these questions easier! However they are NOT asking what the impacts will be on services if cost offset funding is not provided.  This information is critical to help policy makers understand the potential impact of an unfunded mandate.

    For this reason we are asking you to do a preliminary “back of the envelope” estimate of the costs to implement a $15 minimum wage and send it in to us before Friday, August 1st.

    There are three pieces of info that would be most helpful:

    1.       How many FTE’s staff from your agency make less than $15.00 and will be affected? How much will it cost you to bring your staff to that level?

    2.       Are you concerned about the cost of equity adjustments for your employees who are currently close to the $15/hr. threshold, the issue which you may have heard referred to as “compression?”  How many additional FTE’s will be affected and at what cost?

    3.      Do you know what services would have to be reduced or eliminated if your agency implemented a $15 minimum wage without any new revenue to offset the costs?  Who are your program participants and what would the impact be on them if these services had to be reduced or eliminated?

    Your participation could impact funding for human services.  Please send your answers to these questions before Friday August 1st to Pam Raphael, pam@kingcountyalliance.com  


    Thank you,

    ~ Merril Cousin                     

       Executive Director, King County Coalition Against DV

       Co - Chair, King County Alliance for Human Services 

     

    ~ Mike Heinisch

       Executive Director, Kent Youth & Family Services

       Co - Chair, King County Alliance for Human Services   

  • 17 Jul 2014 2:07 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     Opening Doors Input

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County invite you to participate in an Opening Doors online survey.

    Background Information:
    Since the launch in 2010 of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, USICH has been working together with local communities to change the trajectory of homelessness in America, with our progress documented in the reductions seen in the annual Point-in-Time Count data nationally.  This progress demonstrates that Opening Doors is the right Plan and that it sets forth the right set of goals and strategies. Opening Doors is working because we developed the Plan together and because around the country we are implementing it together. Opening Doors brings the right people to the table--providers, practitioners, policy-makers from every level of government, advocates, and people with firsthand experience of homelessness.
     
    We can see that our progress is accelerating and gaining momentum, but we also believe that every strategic plan should be a living document, strengthened by new information and lessons that are learned through its implementation.  For example, we further strengthened Opening Doors in 2012 through an amendment focused on youth homelessness and educational outcomes for children experiencing homelessness.
     
    Intent of the Forum:
    As USICH embarks on the fifth year of the implementation of Opening Doors, USICH is intending to amend Opening Doors again, incorporating the changes made through the previous amendment, as well as incorporating new information and strategies that reflect new data, approaches, and insights into what works to end homelessness. We want to make sure any amendment reflects the perspectives, insights, and lessons learned from communities across the country.  We have created an on-line forum at http://usich.uservoice.com/ through which you can share and vote for the ideas you think would have the greatest impact in an amendment to Opening Doors.
     
           
     
     Questions--Jessica.reed@usich.gov  
         

    end homelessness

  • 03 Jul 2014 2:06 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

     NUHSA AmeriCorps VISTAs, Amy Pepper and Adriana Zazula, are starting a north King County-based professional network for volunteer managers. It is called Mini VAN. It is a subgroup of the Volunteer Administrator’s Network, a Seattle-based professional association for Volunteer Managers like yourself. This should be a great chance for to network, work on  professional development, and share (and get!) resources.

    Kick-off meeting July 23rd at Friends of Youth in Kirkland, 10 - 11:30 AM.

    This first meeting will be an informal ‘meet-n-greet’ followed by a group discussion to decide what facilitated discussion topics for the bi-monthly meetings.

     

    Questions about the group or VAN, feel free to email amy.nuhsa@gmail.com and adriana.nuhsa@gmail.com.

  • 03 Jul 2014 2:05 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    Did You Know The State of Washington Offers Tax Payer Relief?

    State law provides tax relief programs for older adults, the disabled and those on limited income of any age. Income, residency and other criteria apply. Certain medical and long-term care costs may be deducted to calculate disposable income. The exemption program is a grant and the amount of the tax reduction ranges from full to partial, depending on assessed value of the property and your income. The two deferral programs require repayment of the tax amount loaned when the home is sold, the applicant passes away (unless there is a qualifying survivor), the home is no longer used as a primary residence or the home owner chooses to leave the program. If you were not aware of the program, refunds for up to three prior years may be submitted.

    • ·        Senior Citizen /Disabled Property Tax Exemption Program - The exemption program provides a property tax reduction to qualified senior citizens and disabled persons.

    • ·        Senior Citizen/Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program – Under the deferral program, Washington State  pays the second installment of your property tax and special assessments, due October 31, after you have paid the first half due April 30. The Department of Revenue oversees the program and gives final approval. Think of this as a loan, allowing the State to pay part of your property taxes and assessments, in exchange for placing a lien on your property until the amount deferred, plus interest, is repaid.

    • ·        Property Tax Deferral Program for Homeowners with Limited Income- operates similarly to the deferral program for Senior Citizen /Disabled. Department of Revenue approves applications.

    Eligibility Requirements Senior Citizen Exemption Program

    • ·        Annual household income of $35,000 or less.

    • ·        Own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or coop

    • ·        61 years of age by December 31 of the previous year, or

    • ·        Retired because of disability or

    • ·        Veteran with a 100% service connected disability

    • ·        You are a widow, widower or state registered domestic partner, at least 57 years of age, whose spouse or state registered domestic partner had an exemption at time of death.

    • ·        Refunds for prior years are available because of a mistake, oversight or not knowing about the  exemption program

    • ·        Must reapply every four years

    Eligibility Requirements Senior Citizen/Disabled Deferral Program

    • ·        60 or older or retired because of physical disability

    • ·        Income of $40,000 or less

    • ·        Owned property for  five years

    • ·        Have enough equity to secure the interest of the State of Washington

    • ·        The first half of your property taxes, due April 30,, must be paid before applying for the deferral on your second installment due October 31.

    • ·         Must reapply annually

    Property Tax Deferral Program for Homeowners with Limited Income

    • ·        Available to homeowners with disposable incomes of $57,000 or less

    • ·        Live in home for five years

    • ·        Have enough equity to secure the interest of the State of Washington

    • ·        State pays second installment of property taxes after homeowners pays first

    • ·        Must reapply annually

    The application deadline is September 1 of each year for the Limited Income Program and March 31st for Deferral Program. There is no deadline for the senior/disabled exemption application. For further information or to obtain an application, call the King County Assessor’s Office, 206-296-3920. Download applications at http://www.kingcounty.gov/Assessor/TaxpayerAssistance/TaxRelief.aspx

  • 03 Jul 2014 2:03 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     


    Monday, July 21st, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes room, 600 4th Ave., Seattle

    RSVP to jessica.reed@usich.gov no later than Wednesday, July 14, 2014.

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County are pleased to invite you to participate in an Opening Doors Input Forum to be held in Seattle on Monday, July 21st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes room, 600 4th Ave.  Information on the forum is described in more detail below.  
     
     
    Background Information:
    Since the launch in 2010 of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, USICH has been working together with local communities to change the trajectory of homelessness in America, with our progress documented in the reductions seen in the annual Point-in-Time Count data nationally.  This progress demonstrates that Opening Doors is the right Plan and that it sets forth the right set of goals and strategies. Opening Doors is working because we developed the Plan together and because around the country we are implementing it together. Opening Doors brings the right people to the tableundefinedproviders, practitioners, policy-makers from every level of government, advocates, and people with firsthand experience of homelessness.
     
    We can see that our progress is accelerating and gaining momentum, but we also believe that every strategic plan should be a living document, strengthened by new information and lessons that are learned through its implementation.  For example, we further strengthened Opening Doors in 2012 through an amendment focused on youth homelessness and educational outcomes for children experiencing homelessness.
     
    Intent of the Forum:
    As USICH embarks on the fifth year of the implementation of Opening Doors, USICH is intending to amend Opening Doors again, incorporating the changes made through the previous amendment, as well as incorporating new information and strategies that reflect new data, approaches, and insights into what works to end homelessness. We want to make sure any amendment reflects the perspectives, insights, and lessons learned from communities across the country.  We have created an on-line forum at http://usich.uservoice.com/ through which you can share and vote for the ideas you think would have the greatest impact in an amendment to Opening Doors, but we also want to hear directly from you as a key partner and stakeholder in King County.
     
    This Opening Doors Input Forum will be facilitated by: Matthew Doherty, Director of National Initiatives and Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator from USICH. We’ve identified a few areas of the Plan where we are especially interested in receiving input, but please come ready to share your opinions and perspectives on how Opening Doors can be further strengthened and better support progress in King County. 
     
    RSVP Information:
    Space will be limited, so please RSVP to Jessica.reed@usich.gov no later than Wednesday, July 14th, 2014. 
     
    We hope that you will be able to participate in this important dialogue!

  • 03 Jun 2014 7:15 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

     

    The City is kicking off the subarea planning process for the light rail station coming to N 145th Street with a Community Meeting/Design Workshop on Thursday June 12.

    We will follow a similar process as for the station coming to N 185th Street, which includes beginning with high-level brainstorming about what residents and other stakeholders would like to see or avoid as the neighborhoods transition over the next several decades following the introduction of light rail.  This initial workshop will be followed-up in the fall with a second Design Workshop to introduce potential zoning scenarios and computer models that will be built based on suggestions from the June 12 meeting.

    Unlike the planning process for the 185thStreet station, we are not scheduling individual stakeholder group workshops because we had very limited engagement.  Instead, we are inviting identified stakeholder groups to the Community Design Workshop (details below).  There is no need to RSVP for this event, but please feel free to contact me with any questions and forward this invitation to your organization’s distribution lists.  We hope you will join us to plan for the future of light rail and Shoreline neighborhoods, and how it can promote greater local housing affordability.

     

    Flyer:   145th_1 page flyer 6.12.14 Final.jpg

    Thanks,

    Miranda Redinger

    Senior Planner

  • 29 May 2014 6:52 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Mark Putnam to Address NKC Affordable Housing and Homelessness Workgroup June 11th

    On June 11th, the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County (HDC) will be convening its quarterly North King County Housing and Homelessness Workgroup Meeting. This month’s meeting will feature a discussion with Committee to End Homelessness Director Mark Putnum. We will also hear updates from the City of Shoreline and discuss human services funding in North King County. We hope you will join us from 11:30am-1:30pm in Room 303 at Shoreline City Hall for this meeting and opportunity to hear about CEH’s work. Please contact Kayla Schott-Bresler at kayla@housingconsortium.org or (206) 682-9541 with any questions.

    Kayla Schott-Bresler, Policy Associate

    Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County

    1402 Third Avenue, Suite 1230

    Seattle, WA 98101

    (206) 682-9541

    www.housingconsortium.org

  • 01 May 2014 3:55 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Health Plan Coverage

    While the open enrollment period for Washingtonhealthplanfinder ended March 31, you can still buy a Qualifying Health Plan outside the Open Enrollment period if you have a qualifying life event, and apply within 60 days of the event.  Qualifying events include getting married, giving birth, adopting or placement of a child, permanently moving to a new area that offers different health plan options or losing health coverage (examples job loss, divorce plus many others).

    For individuals making less than $16,105 or a family of four making less than $32,913 you can qualify for Washington Apple Health (formerly called Medicaid) at any time. American Indians/Alaska Natives and Indians eligible for services through an Indian health care provider may also apply year-round.

    The next regular Open Enrollment period for coverage that takes effect on or after January 1, 2015 is November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015.

    For further information call 1-855-923-4633 or www.wahealthplanfinder.org

  • 27 Feb 2014 5:01 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Spring Clean Outreach & Brunch

    Saturday, March 22nd. 2014

    Appointments available between 9:00 and 11:00 AM

    Pre-registration required before March 15th 2014

    At this event, we will be providing a free light brunch, good conversation and a free bag/box of household cleaning products and toiletries to take home!

    Flyer:  spring clean outreach flyer.docx

    Tarah Wrenn

    206-371-2141

  • 13 Feb 2014 5:34 PM | Beth Green (Administrator)

    Tax time is here and for many low and moderate income families this is an opportunity to boost their incomes by applying for tax credits. Families can save even more by using one of the free tax sites on the attached flyer.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most important of the tax credit programs, bringing several million dollars of refunds to families in North King County. These refunds help families make ends meet and give a boost to our local economies.

    Please help us spread the word by using  the outreach tips attached. You can’t get a refund unless you file a tax return. Volunteer tax preparers are waiting to help so urge your clients to visit  a free tax site.

    Special thanks to United Way of King County and AARP for sponsoring the five free tax sites in North King County and to the many volunteers who make this program happen.

     

    Income Tax Prep flyer 2013.pdf    Tax Credit Outreach Tips.docx

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