Month: November 2020

If You’re Facing Eviction, You May Be Protected

A recent order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prohibits evictions due to an inability to pay – under certain circumstances.  The Suffolk University Law School has created an interactive questionnaire to help people decide whether they qualify under the federal guidelines.  It also generates a declaration that you can share with your landlord.

To qualify, you must be under a certain income limit, be unable to pay housing costs due to a substantial loss of income, and not have a suitable housing alternative.

While most of the interactive forms are specific to Massachusetts state courts, the protections afforded by the CDC order apply nationally – including here in Washington State.

To see if you qualify, access the Eviction Moratorium Assistant HERE.

There is more information about the CDC eviction protections HERE.

 

El Centro de la Raza

As an organization grounded in the Latino community of Washington State, it is the mission of El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) to build the Beloved Community through unifying all racial and economic sectors; to organize, empower, and defend the basic human rights of our most vulnerable and marginalized populations; and to bring critical consciousness, justice, dignity, and equity to all the peoples of the world.

https://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/ 

(206) 957-4634

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.

https://www.adwas.org/

(206) 922-7088

Eviction Resolution Program Begins

The Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association (SCJA) work group in partnership with the state Office of Civil Legal Aid has created a new eviction resolution program to assist both tenants and landlords with resolving eviction and housing issues when our State’s eviction moratorium is lifted.

Six superior courts in Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties are piloting the program beginning this week.  Hopefully, the chance for both landlords and tenants to meet with the help of a free, neutral mediator will reduce the number of regular evictions filed in these counties.

For more information, see the program’s web site here.

 

Navigating the New Normal — Virtual Washington State Biz Fair on 11/10/2020

Washington State’s 24th Annual Biz Fair is going virtual.  Current and aspiring small business owners in Washington State are encouraged to attend this all-day online event to learn about all aspects of small business management, including human resources best practices, packaging and pricing services, selling online and the basics of contracts and leases.

Among the many speakers at the event, Jay Lyman, one of the business information experts from Seattle Public Library, will discuss how to use the many free databases available from public libraries to gather data to help you make informed decisions about business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis.

For more information, visit the Biz Fair site and/or reach out via email to info@bizfair.org or simply call 206-235-8249.

FREE Online Business Development Training

The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network of business development experts working in communities across Washington State to help entrepreneurs or small business owners start, grow or buy/sell a business.

SBDC offers a variety of free e-Learning business development webinars covering such topics as business planning, financial management, marketing basics and business growth.  Many are geared toward providing COVID-19 support and strategy information.  Access is free and unlimited so you can attend as many e-Learning sessions as you need.