Take Action Now: Ask Seattle City Council to Fund Home for GOOD
The Home for GOOD pilot program will provide help for Seattle residents with disabilities to gain and sustain housing via a shallow rent subsidy
Prevent the terrible, expensive path from homeless to housed, then homeless again
Seattle residents with disabilities who have been through the trauma and hardship of homelessness should not be made homeless again because of a gap between their disability benefits and their rent. A recent Crosscut article (9/24/19) featured Mr. Dwight Williams, one of a number of Seattle residents with disabilities who lost their homes due to a “benefit cliff” — the result of high and rapidly rising local rents, low and stagnant federal benefits, and a state program designed as a bridge to housing that can leave some people hanging over the edge.
Read more about this issue in three important articles written by David Kroman for Crosscut:
- September 4, 2019: Once a safeguard against homelessness, disability payments can’t keep up with the rent
- September 24, 2019: For some disabled Seattleites, federal assistance means a return to homelessness
- October 23, 2019: Seattle City Council wants to ensure stable housing for people on federal disability
Take Action Now! Here’s how:
1. Click here to email all 9 Seattle City Councilmembers. Ask them to fund Home for Good in the budget and to raise their hand in the budget meetings for this program to be funded in the final budget. Use our Action Link.
2. Ask your friends/co-workers/clients/family/everyone to join you in taking action (easy link to share: https://bit.ly/homeforgoodseattle).
3. Sign on to our letter in support of Home for Good! Email your organization’s logo to Hillary to sign on to our letter.
4. Provide public comment at a City Council Meeting & ask councilmembers to support Home for Good. Do you work at an agency that works with clients who experience this benefit cliff? Help your clients speak up as well.
For additional information, to share/elevate your story, or for questions, please email hillary[at]homelessinfo[dot]org.
Further Background: A shallow rent subsidy, support as needed, and stability to help people stay Home for GOOD
The Home for GOOD pilot program is intended to close the rent gap, provide stability, prevent harm, and increase the effective use of local shelter and rental housing resources. It will provide a shallow and ongoing rental subsidy to Seattle residents with disabilities who are living on $1,000 a month or less (through a federal disability source) and who are either currently homeless, or were homeless and are now at very high risk of becoming homeless again because of a benefit cliff or rent gap. Monthly rent for a studio apartment in King County has increased by $645 since 2014 while monthly federal disability benefits (SSI) have gone up by just $50. This pilot will help close the gap and keep folks housed.