Policy Matters

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.

School’s Out, But School’s In for New Professional Development Course on Toxic Stress, Poverty, and Child Development

Once just an infographic, this research on child homelessness and toxic stress is now a full-fledged professional development class at Seattle University this summer for school and social-service professionals. <span class="s1"><a href="http://firesteelwa.org/wpsystem/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/big-brain-infographic.pdf" target="_blank">See the full infographic here.</span></a>
Once just an infographic, this research on child homelessness and toxic stress is now a full-fledged professional development class at Seattle University this summer for school and social-service professionals. See the full infographic here.
School psychologist Perry Firth has graced this blog many times with her research on the effects of child homelessness. Soon she'll share her insights with educators and service providers through a new professional development course she'll teach at Seattle University. Here, Perry writes about her motivations for teaching this course, and reminds us that, no matter our profession, we can all take steps to help end homelessness.
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