Policy Matters

Now’s the Time to Advocate!

Outgoing Firesteel manager Denise Miller has worked alongside many amazing advocates, including YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish staff members Annalee Schafranek, Eden Lord, Salma Siddick and Dan Weisbeck. Shout-out to volunteer Peggy Liao for designing the YWCA #WAhomes T-shirt. Image credit: Andriana Alexis.
Outgoing Firesteel manager Denise Miller has worked alongside many amazing advocates, including YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish staff members Annalee Schafranek, Eden Lord, Salma Siddick and Dan Weisbeck. Shout-out to volunteer Peggy Liao for designing the YWCA #WAhomes T-shirt. Image credit: Andriana Alexis.
Firesteel manager Denise Miller is moving on from her role with the program, but she's not done advocating! In this farewell post, she shares why all of us must speak up now on the issues that matter to us.

“I’ve Always Been on Edge Because of Not Making Enough Money”

Cherie Moore has lived in the same apartment for a year and a half, but she always worries that she won't be able to pay next month's rent.
Cherie Moore has lived in the same apartment for a year and a half, but she always worries that she won't be able to pay next month's rent.
Six years ago, Cherie Moore was featured on the front page of the Seattle Times. A large photo shows Cherie in the front seat of an old Ford truck, her hand over her mouth, worry in her eyes. Her teenage son, Cody, is in the passenger seat, staring straight ahead. Everything they own is in the vehicle, their only shelter. As the story was reported, Cherie and Cody connected with resources and moved into an apartment. Their struggle with homelessness didn't end there, though.

Housing Advocates Go for the Gold

We don't have *actual* medals like these to hand out, but we do want to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of local advocacy heroes. Image from 
<a href="https://www.olympic.org/olympic-medals" target="_blank">olympic.org</a>.
We don't have *actual* medals like these to hand out, but we do want to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of local advocacy heroes. Image from olympic.org.
As Olympians dazzle viewers worldwide, local community members are flexing their advocacy muscles and achieving victories in the movement to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. In the spirit of the Olympics, we highlight a few all-star teams who've earned a round of applause and one shining moment on the Firesteel podium.

Help Make Seattle Affordable for All. Vote YES for Homes!

Staff at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish show their support for Prop. 1, the Seattle Housing Levy.
Staff at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish show their support for Prop. 1, the Seattle Housing Levy.
We've all received our primary election ballots, but, as of yesterday, only 13 percent of us had returned them. Primaries often don't get as much attention as general elections, but they're also important. The stakes are particularly high in Seattle, where we have the opportunity to help make our city more affordable for all through the Housing Levy. In this opinion piece, published yesterday in the Seattle Times, our YWCA's CEO and two of her colleagues make the case for voting YES on Prop. 1, the Seattle Housing Levy. Read their take, and don't forget to vote!

A Stable Home Helped Sam Find Community, Purpose, and a Passion for Art

Sam, a resident at YWCA's Opportunity Place, holds a picture she made of a friend's pet. Sam says that creating art has built her confidence and helped her connect with community.
Sam, a resident at YWCA's Opportunity Place, holds a picture she made of a friend's pet. Sam says that creating art has built her confidence and helped her connect with community.
Read how an apartment supported by the Seattle Housing Levy transformed the life of one budding artist, and find out how you can ensure our city continues to invest in affordable homes.
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