Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness
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Who we are
Formed in 2001 under St. Mark's Cathedral Seattle, we've been subsequently hosted by The Church Council of Greater Seattle, and since 2009 by St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Bellevue WA. It is via St. Luke's that we are able to operate as a 501(c)3, aligned as it is with the Northwest WA Synod, ELCA. We thus work and appreciate being a ministry of St. Luke's and are "in residence at St. Luke's" as an expression of their outreach. Our accounting and banking are done by St. Luke's.
The Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness (ITFH) is composed of individuals representing religious congregations, religious and secular organizations which work toward preventing and ending homelessness. Most of our membership spans much of the religious community, including Christian, Unitarian, Jewish, and Muslim. We reach out to all sectors of the faith community to join us in action and to support us morally and financially. More than this, we work as colleagues with all who seek to alleviate the harm of homelessness.
The ITFH works to create the political will to end homelessness. We are organized by four
· Because housing is a basic human right, being homeless (and/or unsheltered) is not criminal, and its continuing existence is an offense to what is moral in a civil society.
· Homelessness for those unsheltered and for those in interim housing is a major barrier to achieving social and economic justice and is harmful to the well-being of those so afflicted.
· Embedded in the sacred scriptures of all the world's religions is the moral mandate to act individually and in partnership with others to end homelessness.
· Homelessness can and must be ended through a range of efforts that provide either Housing Tonight or a safe permanent place to live, accompanied by programs of sustained support and as necessary pathways that promote work and foster self-sufficiency.
Colleague and friend to many Jean Darsie died August 27. Jean will be remembered in many ways. She co-founded the Scofflaw Mitigation Team with me in 2011, and had several other founding efforts to her credit, such as Ballard Homes for All, and the Ballard Community Taskforce on Hunger and Homelessness.
RIP with your beloved nature, Jean. We continue your work.
Within the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, the ITFH is currently:
1) Public Records Request of Seattle, Jan.-May '23, impounds of lived-in vehicles, RVs, Campers, Detached Trailers, and Buses, came to 1,441. Write me for details.
2) Handed over Vehicle Residency Outreach fully to University Heights Center, Seattle
Here is a video from Fall 2022 of the South Outreach team
3) Advancing the use of the Companionship model to use with clients to alleviate the realities of isolation, stigmatization, criminalization, and abandonment
4) Advancing with the City of Seattle the use of on-street safe zones, aka "nests," for 4-5 RVs with case management, trash/porta-potty, code of conduct, good neighbor agreement, and more, toward making pathways to stability
5) Seeking to assist in Olympia on Legislation to advance decision Long v Seattle
6) Continuing work with KCRHA Vehicle Residency Work Group
7) Working within/attending area groups; North King, Easy King, South King. SKHHP
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