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Congregational Car Camping Workshop in Clark County this Saturday

As a Clark County citizen, you no doubt are aware of the growing problem of homelessness in our County.  Many groups of people and organizations have stepped up to look for ways to address this in a variety of ways.  A number of people representing a wide spectrum of faith communities are committed to doing something concrete: providing a safe and legal place for homeless people with cars to park. People sleeping in their cars often feel unsafe, have no bathroom facilities, and have difficulties finding a legal place to safely park overnight.  In many communities across the nation, churches have joined together to provide safe overnight parking. 

This Saturday, October 10, Joe Ingram, Chairperson of the Interfaith Task Force to End Homelessness, King County, who has helped groups of faith communities in King and Kitsap counties provide car camping spaces, will  speak with faith communities in Clark County.  Congregation-based car camping as an option is hopefully a short-term solution which will enable the community to move toward more desirable long-term solutions to provide more adequate housing for this vulnerable segment of the population.

You are cordially invited to come to this workshop and learn more about this opportunity to work with other faith communities to improve the lives of homeless people in our community.

Saturday, October 10, 9AM1PM
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98683

Please pass the word to others from faith-based groups!  We can do something to make an important and immediate difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Good News from Vancouver City Council meeting!

THANK YOU everyone who was part of the process, showed up in your red shirts , or emailed,  shared or liked social media posts in a way that was in support of these measures.  It was a SUCCESSFUL EFFORT!

 

The following items were PASSED last night at the Vancouver City Council meeting that will be good news to our area's vulnerable renters and homeless community.

 


Public Hearings (Items 5-8)

5. Amendment to VMC 8.22, Unlawful Camping Ordinance

AN ORDINANCE related to unlawful camping, amending section 1 of Ordinance No. M-3323, codified as chapter 8.22 VMC, to specify the times during which it is unlawful to camp or occupy camping facilities in publicly owned places.

Action requested: Subject to second reading and public hearing, approve ordinance.

Staff Report 134-15 (PDF)

6. Vulnerable Renter Protections Proposal: 60-Day Eviction Notice

AN ORDINANCE relating to an affirmative defense for month-to-month tenants who are not provided a 60-day notice, by landlords owning five (5) or more rental units, prior to the landlord commencing an eviction action unless a different notice period is specifically authorized by law; providing for severability and an effective date.

Action requested: Subject to second reading and public hearing, approve ordinance.

Staff Report 135A-15 (PDF)  | Presentation Items 6-8 (PDF)

7. Vulnerable Renter Protections Proposal: 45-Day Notice of Rent Increase

AN ORDINANCE relating to requiring that all rental agreements in the city of Vancouver include a provision requiring a minimum of forty-five (45) days prior written notice whenever the periodic or monthly housing costs to be charged a tenant is to increase by more than ten (10) percent; providing for severability and an effective date.

Action requested: Subject to second reading and public hearing, approve ordinance. 

Staff Report 136-15 (PDF)

8. Vulnerable Renter Protections Proposal: Source of Income Protection

AN ORDINANCE relating to prohibiting landlords from refusing to rent a dwelling unit to an applicant based on their source of income; providing for severability and an effective date.

Action requested: Subject to second reading and public hearing, approve ordinance. 

Staff Report 137A-15 (PDF)


Link to watch the full meeting video: 9/21/15 City Council Meeting

Your participation matters! We need your help!

ACTION ALERT!
 
Two ways you can show the Vancouver City Council they should pass protections for vulnerable renters
 

Great news! The Vancouver City Council has moved all three vulnerable renter protection ordinances forward for a vote on September 21st at 7pm. The ordinances increase the amount of time a landlord must give a renter to move out (no cause notice to vacate), increase the amount of required notice for a rent increase above a certain amount, and increase access to rentals for people who are receiving rental assistance.  You can find more details at this link: Vancouver City Council Sept. 21 mtg details.

 Your support for these ordinances is needed in two ways:

1) Attend City Council on 9/21 at 7pm and wear red to show your support for these protections. You can provide testimony to speak to the need for a YES vote on the ordinances.

Vancouver City Hall location: 415 W 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660

 2) If you live, work, or play in Vancouver, please send emails to the Vancouver City Council members urging them to vote YES on the ordinances. Opponents of the ordinances are flooding the Councilmembers with emails - let's makes sure our voices are heard, too!

Here are the email addresses:

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THIS IS IT! This is your chance to make a long-lasting and significant impact in our community. 

Your participation matters! EMAIL the Councilmembers and we hope to see you on Monday 9/21 at 7pm wearing RED.

Thank you for your support!

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Sample letter for you to copy/paste/edit and email.  Underlined copy is ready to be adjusted by you!

 

Dear Councilmember ____________,

As a person who is proud to live and (or) work in Vancouver, Washington, I urge you to vote YES for the upcoming ordinances that will be extending protections to our community's most vulnerable citizens.  It is only reasonable that we extend human compassion and agree to 1) increase the amount of time a landlord must give a renter to move out (no cause notice to vacate), 2) increase the amount of required notice for a rent increase above a certain amount, and 3) increase access to rentals for people who are receiving rental assistance.

Thank you for your positive action in this most crucial need to prevent homelessness in our city.

Sincerely,

Your Concerned Constituent