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Register for our June Membership Meeting!

Membership Meetings are welcoming spaces for service providers, advocates, and supportive community members to come together to learn about program updates, act on advocacy opportunities, and share resources with each other! Learn about how you can get involved on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Join us on Thursday, June 20th at 9am on Zoom for updates on the Summer EBT application – important for families who rely on free school meals, a presentation from the KCRHA Ombuds Office, and introductions to out new Board Members!

Community Briefing: Advocacy for Unhoused WA Residents – Review the Recording and Learn How to Take Action

This conversation, co-hosted by ACLU-WA and Northwest Justice Project, presents an overview of current lawsuits that threaten further punishment of people living homeless, service provider reflections on how laws that punish, banish, fine, arrest, or jail affect their unhoused clients, and recommendations for how community members can advocate for their unhoused neighbors.

Want to take a closer look at Johnson v City of Grants Pass? Take a look at an amicus brief we signed on to that details our objections to the criminalization of people living homeless.

Coalition on Homelessness sues Burien Over
Unconstitutional Ordinance

Represented by the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), the lawsuit charges the City of Burien with violating the Washington Constitution by adopting a vague and almost incomprehensible ordinance that criminalizes the status of being homeless, inflicts cruel and unusual punishment,
and deprives individuals of due process.

“It shouldn’t be a crime to be human and homeless,” said Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “Burien is better than this. We want to repeal this unjust law that effectively bans homeless individuals from living in Burien. This law is the opposite of helpful.”

*A December 2021 report from King County’s Department of Community and Human Services estimates that about 40,300 people experienced homelessness through the course of 2020. This number is an estimate based on several sources, and corresponds with the general understanding that three times as many people go through the crisis of homelessness as are counted during the point in time count. The Coalition on Homelessness coordinated the “One Night Count” of people without homes or shelter as a community assessment and organizing project from 1979 through January 2016. Download a pdf of our poster showing the most recent decade of data (January 2007 through January 2016) we gathered.