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Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: I have enjoyed writing this column on behalf of the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness because I want to keep all of our parishes up-to-date on current outreach efforts. That is faith-based outreach, social, non-profit, and governmental efforts. I am constantly on the lookout for ideas and for what is being published about the extent and reasons for homelessness. I use numbers that I myself haven’t vetted but that can be relied

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: Over the past several written pieces for the Diocesan Enews, I have misspelled the word homelessness as I type and corrected it each time so that it wasn’t written homelessmess. At one time, I wanted to leave it alone as homelessness in the geography of our diocese IS a mess. It is a mess for many reasons- but not for reasons that point to faith communities and our parishes as not doing

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: It’s time to guide ourselves away from the advocacy emphasis of the first part of the calendar year and back toward what our parishes do so well- Christian service to help others. As a member, I and others on the Taskforce were quite disappointed that rent stabilization did not pass- despite its’ broad-based support. The heavy-handed approaches of those against must be called out for their selfish interests, which hurt lower-income people

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: The Washington State Legislature has finished its 2024 session work. Some specific bills were passed to help with the homelessness situation, but the main bill (HB 2114) to prevent it was quashed. That was rent stabilization. It was killed by the moneyed interests in real estate. So, there will probably be a significant increase in the state’s unhoused population. A week after the close of the session, the Seattle Times reported

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: We, the members of the Task Force, gather monthly to share ideas and to map out some possible activities all up and down the vast expanse of the Diocese of Olympia.  We are all volunteers, so actions take place as we are able to take part.  For my part as a member, I try to keep in touch with E-news readers through current issues and to present ideas for participation and

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: The Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness has been concentrating on advocacy for the past month, and now we’re in the home stretch of the Legislature’s 60-day session. We who are serious about affordable housing and the unhoused must keep up a fast pace to ensure some bills get through to the Governor. ESHB (Engrossed Substitute House Bill) 2114 is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee, where it will receive a

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: As I write this piece on Tuesday, I am scanning the Washington State House and Senate for updates on the calendar. This is the most up-to-date information for the current session, 37 days into a 60-day session. There were a couple of wins for issues the Task Force on Homelessness was tracking. HB 2114, for rent stabilization, was most notable. It passed the house 54-43-1 despite strong rental and real estate push-back. 

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: The news from Olympia is mixed. HB 2114 has moved forward into House Rules, where it needs approval to be sent to the floor. Companion bill SB 5961 did not advance. So, the House must pass HB 2114 so it can move out of the chamber of origin and be considered again in the Senate. HB 2114 advanced with several amendments but is still a strong bill protecting tenants from predatory renter

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: Dear Ones, The Washington State Legislature is today (January 31) moving on current bills in which we have an interest. We won’t know until the end of the day whether 5 of the 7 bills we are watching get passed onto the floor of the House or Senate. Two other bills reside in either Finance or Ways and Means and will be voted upon February 5. So, next week, I will recap

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

Updates from the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness

From Don Fornoff, Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness: I recently read a piece written by Steven Lawler, director of the Walker Leadership Institute, which outlined the complexity of dealing with social challenges by faith leaders. He cites the uncertainty and conflict as the purple maze. He seeks to equip faith leaders with ‘effective communication strategies, foster unity within diversity, promote constructive civic engagement.’ When we of the Bishop’s Task Force on Homelessness face all the issues that foment increasing numbers