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May 10, 2017


The Intersection of Race and Homelessness: A 'Forgotten History' Of How the U.S. Government Segregated America

In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America's housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a "state-sponsored system of segregation."

The government's efforts were "primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families," he says. African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects.

Rothstein's new book, The Color of Law, examines the local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation. He notes that the Federal Housing Administration, which was established in 1934, furthered the segregation efforts by refusing to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods — a policy known as "redlining." At the same time, the FHA was subsidizing builders who were mass-producing entire subdivisions for whites — with the requirement that none of the homes be sold to African-Americans.

Today African-American incomes on average are about 60 percent of average white incomes. But African-American wealth is about 5 percent of white wealth. Most middle-class families in this country gain their wealth from the equity they have in their homes. So this enormous difference between a 60 percent income ratio and a 5 percent wealth ratio is almost entirely attributable to federal housing policy implemented through the 20th century.

Hear the full story on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Somali Youth & Family Club 2017 Awards


The Board of Somali Youth and Family Club (SYFC) announced the recipients of SYFC’s 2017 Breaking Barrier, Artist, and Community Ambassador Awards. These individuals are authentic agents of change in social justice and equity through Human Service, Arts, and Volunteerism in South King County. Director of All Home, Mark Putnam received the Breaking Barrier Award, recognizing community members that have demonstrated selfless acts to push boundaries and promote social equity.

“Through Mr. Putnam’s leadership, authentic stories of our vulnerable community members were published and shared with the media. His work to make homelessness rare, brief, and one time has made a tremendous impact on the refugee and immigrant community. Mark has dug deep to strike out against injustice. His moves sent a ripple of hope bringing the voices of the affected voiceless communities to the decision-making tables of King County.” – Somali Youth and Family Club Board 

Inequities of the Mortgage Interest Deduction

Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted, published a compelling and powerful piece in the New York Times magazine entitled, How Homeownership Became the Engine of Inequality. He writes about the imbalance in federal housing policy and how housing tax breaks like the mortgage interest deduction (MID) favor wealthy and higher income households while millions of the lowest income renters receive no assistance at all.

Tax reform is one of the best and most immediate opportunities to right this wrong. The National Low Income Housing Coalition's United for Homes campaign proposes smart, modest reforms to the MID to give 25 million low and moderate income homeowners a greater tax break and to reinvest $241 billion in savings into affordable rental housing solutions for the lowest income renters, like the national Housing Trust Fund and rental assistance. 

Keep Real-Estate Fee and Help End Family Homelessness


A key All Home 2017 legislative priority calls for increasing and making permanent the Document Recording Fee. Expanding the document recording fee and removing sunset provisions will preserve and expand local capacity to help Washingtonians transition out of homelessness. Barbara Poppe, a former Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness shared similar sentiments in a recent op-ed for The Seattle Times, “During the special session, the state Legislature can create more safe and healthy homes that families can afford, as well as protect and expand funding to address homelessness. If the Legislature doesn’t act, more than 60 percent of Washington’s homelessness funding will vanish in 2019.”

With threats to the federal budget looming, Poppe also shared that, “Regardless of what happens at the federal level, the state of Washington has an opportunity to advance this work. According to analysis by the state Department of Commerce, a modest increase in the document-recording fee, coupled with new Housing Trust Fund investments, would enable Washington to end family homelessness, cut chronic homelessness by one-half, and ensure that no youth exits a public institution into homelessness…Washington, like every other state in the era of the Trump administration, will have to rely on its own resourcefulness to solve homelessness and to ensure that every child grows up in place where a good life is possible.”

Housing Funds for Disabled Adults

Janelle Rothfolk, division director at Catholic Community Services wrote an op-ed in the Seattle Times calling for Legislature to fully fund the Housing and Essential Needs program:

“Every month, 1,000 landlords in King County receive state assistance to house their disabled tenants. The HEN program provides direct rent payments to landlords who verify that they are housing a disabled adult who has temporarily lost his income due to an injury, illness or medical condition. For the past five years, the program has received funding from the state to keep disabled adults in housing. About 3,500 people in King County were helped in the 2016 fiscal year. It is a successful homelessness-prevention program…A cut to the HEN program harms taxpayers. Across the state, the program is able to stabilize an individual for less than $600 per month, per client; far less than if they were to enter into the homeless system, costing much more.”

SNAPS in Focus: FY 2016 CoC Program Competition Recap

As we move into the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition, Norm Suchar, Director of HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, shared a reflection on the FY 2016 CoC Program competition: “Our driving value continues to be increasing progress towards ending homelessness for all populations while ensuring that the programs we fund are as effective and efficient as possible.”

REMINDER: King County Refugee Housing Summit


You are invited to attend the King County Refugee Housing Summit on May 24 from 9:00am-3:00am at the Renton Community Center. This full-day community forum is focused on developing critical strategies to address the housing needs of the more than 6,000 recently arrived refugees in King County. 

Join us at the Affordable Housing Week 2017 Kick-off!


Affordable Housing Week is May 15 - 22! Join us at the Kick-off event, Monday, May 15th at noon as we rally to kick off Affordable Housing Week 2017 and show our support for affordable #Homes4AllKC!

As part of Affordable Housing Week 2017, the Housing Development Consortium and partners are hosting nearly 20 community events across the County to showcase programs, policies, buildings, and/or best practices helping to create healthier, and more equitable affordable housing choices in the region. Visit the AHW Events Calendar for a full listing of opportunities to engage.

TAKE ACTION during Affordable Housing Week:

  • Visit the AHW Action Page, and click on your city (where you live or where you work, or both!)
  • Be in the know: sign up for updates about future advocacy opportunities
  • Spread the word on social media, using the hashtag #Homes4ALLKC

New Renters Invited to May 18 Workshop at Seattle University

Renters’ Rights 101

New and soon-to-be renters can consult with a panel of experts on what to expect when renting in Seattle for the first time, at “Renters’ Rights 101,” Thursday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. at Seattle University. Featuring speakers from the Tenants Union of Washington State, Be:Seattle and Capitol Hill Housing, the workshop will include a quick overview of standard practices and important things for first-time renters to know before entering a rental contract. SU’s Project on Family Homelessness is hosting the workshop as part of Affordable Housing Week in King County, May 15-22. Pizza will be available while it lasts to those who register in advance at For more information, please contact Shan Yonamine at

All Home Continuum of Care (CoC) Meetings

All Home Annual Conference – Save the Date!
Wednesday, June 14

This year’s Annual Conference will mark the half-way point of our Strategic Plan to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County. Join us as we reflect on our progress and recommit to our goals. The conference will offer a variety of workshops for all members of our Continuum of Care, as part of our larger training and technical assistance plan. Stay tuned for more details.

All meeting dates, times and locations as well as other related materials are available on the All Home website. All Home Continuum of Care meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

All Home Capacity Building Activities

All Home is committed to support system transformation efforts through relevant capacity building activities. The full Capacity Building Plan can be found on our website, here and all learning opportunities can be found on our calendar, here. If you are offering a training and want to get the word out or have a specific training need or recommendation for All Home, please contact Triina Van.

Partner Trainings

Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training Webinar

The webinar recording is now available on the HUD Exchange along with the presentation slides, speaker notes, and transcript. You can access the materials under Related Materials and Resources.

2017 Fair Housing Workshops for Housing Providers: King County Office of Civil Rights

Bitfocus Clarity General Trainings

Register for specific dates and times at:

Cross Agency Systems Training (CAST) for Adults and Child/Youth Services: King County Behavioral Health Recovery Division

Learn whom each system serves, goals of each program, services available to consumers, and how to access these services.  Systems represented include: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Crisis Services, Child Welfare, Parent Supports, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Courts, and more. Register here.

Job Opportunities


Full Time Cooks or Chefs

Compass Housing Alliance

Program Manager at Peter’s Place
Property Manager
Contracts and Compliance Manager
Events Manager
Housing Operations Manager

United Way of King County

United Way of King County is recruiting an exceptional team of 100 to help end childhood hunger this summer. In King County, 100,000 low-income children and teenagers rely on free or discounted meals during the school year, but less than 20% access free meals available during the summer. This team deploys to parks, libraries, and community centers across King County to deliver free meals and educational activities to children and make sure families know about this important resource. Visit for a detailed position description and to apply.