Jacquelyn Miller, PhDActing Chair206.firstname.lastname@example.orgVerna McKinnon-HippsAdministrative Assistant206.email@example.com
On June 18, 2013, we were honored to support the screening of "American Winter," the new HBO documentary about families seeking assistance in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The film by Joe & Harry Gantz documents the lives of eight families struggling to survive and succeed in Oregon, through their use of the 211 system.
Thank you, everyone who came out to view this important film, and especially the families who took time to tell their stories.
Thank you also to our co-hosts, Washington Budget & Policy Center and Working Washington, as well as to our co-presenters:
Building Changes ● Campion Foundation ● CityClub ● Columbia Legal Services
Firesteel (a YWCA advocacy network) ● Global Music Project/Emerging Artists
Hopelink ● Housing Development Consortium
Northwest Justice Project ● Real Change News ● Rotary District 5030
Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance ● YWCA Seattle I King I Snohomish
Tell your friends what you saw and ask them to view AMERICAN WINTER on HBO Go, buy it on DVD in September, or arrange for a screening. www.americanwinterfilm.com
Volunteer for, or donate to, an organization that helps families and others who are homeless. See a partial list at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/local/invisiblefamilies/invisiblefamiliesresources.html
Organize a drive at church or school to collect school supplies, books, clothing, sleeping bags, blankets or other items that can help children and families who are homeless.
Use the power of the Internet to advocate for affordable housing and an end to homelessness. Get on the list for Action Alerts on housing and homelessness policy and budget issues:
Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, for candidates who support housing and homelessness policies.
Join Firesteel, the statewide platform for social change led by Washington YWCAs.Sign up at http://firesteelwa.org.
Learn about the policies that affect housing and homelessness by reading a blog such as “Schmudget.” http://budgetandpolicy.org/schmudget
Follow these advocates on Twitter:@Building Changes @budget_policy @firesteelwa @HDC_SeaKC @LisaGustaveson @schoolhousewa @wliha and our own Twitter account, @chinrichsen@su.
Make sure your school has appointed a homeless education liaison who can help get children connected with the services they are entitled to.Contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for more information, http://www.k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/default.aspx
Attend Housing & Homelessness Advocacy Day in Olympia, January 24, 2014. Join 600+ citizens from around the state and tell legislators that everyone deserves the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. http://wliha.org/housing-and-homelessness-advocacy-day
Read about progress around the state in ending homelessness as a result of providers, funders, and policymakers working together at www.BuildingChanges.org, including the new “A Road Map for Coordinated Entry.”
Volunteer for your local One Night Count or Point in Time Count in January 2014. In King County: www.homelessinfo.org. Spots fill early, so sign up this fall.
Support poor and homeless newspaper sellers by buying a copy of Real Change from an authorized vendor. New issues every Wednesday. Only $2. Find your local vendor: http://realchangenews.org/index.php/site/vendor-map.
Learn more from journalism projects about family homelessness, by the Seattle University Journalism Fellows on Family Homelessness, at http://su-familyhomelessness.org. Coming up: The State of Family Homelessness in the South Sound, in South Sound magazine, August/September 2013.
Read about the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness by 2016 in your county.