Housing and Economic Security: Lessons from the Pandemic
We face a critical moment to make sure rental assistance and the state’s new eviction prevention reforms along with other strategies meaningfully support the security and well-being of families and communities. Join us January 11, 2022 to discuss the current landscape and strategies to support healthy households, an equitable recovery, and continued support for economic justice.
This is the second in a two-part discussion presented by Puget Sound AFN and United Way of King County about what’s at stake for Washington families and the role the philanthropic, public and nonprofit sectors can play to continue the momentum to building a more economically just system now and going forward.
Jennifer Teunon (moderator), Medina Foundation
Melinda Croes, Credit Builders Alliance
Jamalia Jones, King County Department of Community and Human Services
Violet Lavatai, Tenants Union of Washington State
Laura McGowan, United Way of King County
Edmund Witter, King County Bar Association, Housing Justice Project
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Maintaining Momentum for Economic Justice
The economic crash caused by COVID underscored and compounded historic racial inequities and also demonstrated how policy choices matter to improve well-being and advance equity. Federal and state policy actions and supports such as eviction moratoriums, paid family leave, unemployment insurance, expanded federal tax credits, state emergency assistance, and state tax and eviction reforms, among others, arrived at a critical time and expanded access to households previously excluded to help families stay housed and healthy. In Washington, a number of innovative policies recently passed which will continue to support thriving communities. Many families have yet to access the supports available to them. Just as the pandemic continues, the work to fully, equitably, and permanently implement these reforms isn’t over. Please join us for a two-part discussion about what’s at stake for Washington families and the role the philanthropic, public and nonprofit sectors can play to continue the momentum to building a more economically just system now and going forward.
Watch part one in the series, Building a more Equitable Economic Infrastructure for Long Term Well Being.