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King County Housing Authority Opens Section 8 Waiting List

Pam Blanton : April 4, 2017 5:37 pm : News
King County Housing Authority Opens Section 8 Waiting List on April 5, 2017
The King County Housing Authority will be accepting applications for their Section 8 voucher program from Wednesday, April 5 through Tuesday, April 18.  After April 18, a random drawing will be used to select 3,500 applications.  The 3,500 applicants selected will be added to the Section 8 waiting list.  The chances of being selected are the same no matter when you apply during the open period.  By May 31, applicants will receive a letter stating whether or not they were selected for the waiting list.
On April 5, the link  for the application will be available on King County Housing Authority’s website.  The application process will only be available online through their website.  For more information go to www.kcha.org.

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  • Have you been thinking about housing for your family member with a disability?
  • Does your family member have all the government benefits they are entitled to?
  • Do you know how to find compatible roommates?
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For information on  our Residential Assessment, call Pam Blanton at 206-383-4209, or go to  Our Services. 

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Other Information of Interest:

Join Partners4Housing’s Facebook community by clicking here.

Visit Partners4Housing’s website by clicking here.
HousingSearchNW.org – A free service to list and find housing across the state of Washington.
Aptfinder.org  – A website formed to connect low income households with affordable apartment communities throughout Washington State.
CenturyLink – A low-income assistance program for phone and high-speed Internet service.
Plan To Work  – When you want to know how working will affect your social security benefits, call Plan To Work for a free consultation.  Regional Social Security Offices: Bellevue: 866-574-2534; Burien: 866-964-7385; Kent: 866-563-9313; Seattle Metro (located on 2nd Street): 866-494-3135; Seattle North (located on Aurora):  866-931-2875.
SafeLink  – A free cell phone and minutes program for people eligible for Medicaid.
Smart 911 – A free service that allows citizens to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency.
Be Safe The Movie – On how to interact safely with the police.
For more information contact Pam Blanton at pam@partners4housing.com or by phone at 206-383-4209.  Visit our website at www.partners4housing.com.
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Washington ‘risking a lawsuit’ by segregating people with disabilities

Pam Blanton : March 15, 2016 4:10 pm : News

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part 5

The large number of developmentally disabled adults living in state-run institutions puts Washington at risk of being sued by the federal government.

Only a handful of states operate more institutions for people with developmental disabilities than Washington. And in Washington, more people live in these segregated settings than most of the rest of the country.

Civil rights experts warn that this situation puts Washington in the cross hairs of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, which since 2009 has made it a top priority to achieve desegregation of people with developmental disabilities.

Since the 1970s when the deinstitutionalization trend started, 16 states have closed all of their institutions that once housed the developmentally disabled, including Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. And 21 states, including Idaho, have fewer than 100 residents total living in these types of public facilities.

But in Washington, approximately 825 people with developmental disabilities — people living with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other disorders — reside in one of the state’s four large facilities: Fircrest in Shoreline, the Rainier School in Buckley, the Yakima Valley School in Selah, and Lakeland Village in Medical Lake.  Read More

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Institutions costing taxpayers a ‘fortune’

Pam Blanton : March 1, 2016 3:50 pm : Uncategorized, Home, News, Video

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part 4 

Washington state has a larger population of developmentally disabled adults living in state-run institutions than nearly every other state in the union.

That reality flies in the face of scientific evidence that shows this vulnerable population fares better receiving care in a community setting. And it comes at a high cost: Officials with the state’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) say the institutional setting is the most expensive way to care for this population.

“In general, we’re paying a fortune for services that are very well established in evidence to be inferior to what we could be buying for less money,” said Charlie Lakin, one of the foremost researchers in this field in the country. “We’re spending more to get less and that should be of concern I think to public officials (in Washington state).”

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There’s a movement across the country to stop institutionalizing people with developmental disabilities

Pam Blanton : December 12, 2015 6:00 pm : News

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part three of 3-part  series

There’s a movement across the country to stop institutionalizing people with developmental disabilities.  According to academic and legal experts, the current best practice is to care for this population in regular neighborhoods with proper support. The theory is that people with disabilities should be integrated into the general population where they can experience and be part of their communities.

But a small, vocal minority is fighting to keep the four facilities in Washington state open. Advocates for the institutions include the unions representing state workers who staff them, and relatives of those living in them.  The family members said taking their loved one’s home away from them would be cruel and dangerous.

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Lawmakers ignore expert advice on how best to serve people with developmental disabilities

Pam Blanton : December 5, 2015 5:47 pm : News

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part 2 of a 3-part series

People living with developmental disabilities — conditions like autism and cerebral palsy — often rely on experts, including people employed by the state of Washington, to decide what care and services they need.

But when it comes to Washington’s legislature, the KING 5 investigators found our legislators routinely ignore the advice of experts hired to weigh in on the best approach to caring for hundreds of developmentally disabled people living in state-run institutions.

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