Organizing During COVID-19
We are taking steps on the local, state, and federal level to address the immediate needs of our community and build power for a long-term economic response. Learn more about how you can get involved.
1. See our comprehensive guide to community resources.
2. Renters Rights and Protections
The Spokane Alliance has teamed up with the Tenants Union of Washington State, the Spokane Low-Income Housing Coalition (SLIHC), and Greater Spokane Progress to work together for stronger protections for tenants during this crisis.
Tenants are seeing an unprecedented loss of employment and income during this crisis. Those most impacted by this pandemic are hourly wage earners in non-essential work who were laid off and those in the service industry whose hours and pay were drastically reduced and who disproportionately rent their homes. The racial divide in home ownership which is greater in Spokane than the state of Washington and nation means that people of color disproportionately rent their homes and also live at greater risk of housing instability during the health crisis. These are the same communities that lack access and opportunities to jobs where working at home is an option and who have greater health risks associated with COVID-19. Evictions are temporarily halted by state and city emergency moratoriums but rent is still due.
While there is currently a moratorium on evictions in Spokane and Washington we are calling on the City of Spokane, City of Spokane Valley, and Spokane County to:
- Allow renters 12 months to pay back rent with no penalties or interest accrued after the moratorium on evictions is ended.
- Establish a rental assistance program. The government entity (County, City and Valley) should pay 80% of what is owed directly to the landlord in agreement for just cause protections and no rent increases until 2021.
We have an opportunity to act now while the Spokane City Council is considering similar action. Please join us in sending an email or by calling your local elected officials. Below you will find a sample script and the relevant contact information.
My name is ________ (member of organization) (I am a renter in _________). I’m reaching out today to encourage you to take two important steps to provide some protection and relief to tenants during this uncertain and vulnerable time. Please act to:
1) Allow renters 12 months to pay back rent with no penalties, interest accrued, or rent increases after the moratorium on evictions is ended.
2) Set up a rental assistance program. The government entity (County, City and Valley) should pay 80% of what is owed directly to the landlord in agreement for just cause protections until 2021.
This is important to me because ______________________.
Spokane County Commissioners - (509) 477-2265
Chair – Al French - email@example.com
Mary Kuney - firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Kerns - email@example.com
City of Spokane
Mayor – Nadine Woodward - firstname.lastname@example.org - (509) 625-6250
City Council Main Line – (509) 625-6255
Council President – Breean Beggs - email@example.com
Karen Stratton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Candace Mumm - email@example.com
Betsy Wilkerson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Kinnear - email@example.com
Kate Burke - firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Cathcart - email@example.com
City of Spokane Valley
Mayor – Ben Wick - firstname.lastname@example.org - (509) 720-5065
Brandi Peetz - email@example.com - (509) 720-5064
Tim Hattenburg - firstname.lastname@example.org - (509) 720-5063
Linda Thompson - email@example.com - (509) 720-5061
Pam Haley - firstname.lastname@example.org - (509) 720-5060
Arne Woodard - email@example.com - (509) 720-5062
Rod Higgins - firstname.lastname@example.org - (509) 720-5066