Staying safe and healthy with guidance from Public Health

May 18, 2020

Our staff have been getting lots of questions about COVID-19. What are the symptoms? Where to get tested? How to properly wear a mask? If you need quick answers from a trusted source, please visit the Public Health Seattle & King County website for the latest guidance on the coronavirus. The website is continuously updated by our local public …

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COVID-19 and race

May 1, 2020

COVID-19 has had an impact on almost all of us. We’ve had to change how we work, socialize, practice our faith, and recreate. But for communities of color, these impacts can be devastating. According to data released last week by Johns Hopkins University, African Americans are much more likely to get sick and die of COVID-19. In …

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Watch our videos on expanded unemployment benefits

April 25, 2020

Neighborhood House staff have created videos on the new expanded unemployment benefits in multiple languages: Amharic, Burmese, Cantonese, Farsi, Khmer, Mandarin, Marshallese, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Click the buttons below to watch.

Combatting racism during COVID-19

April 1, 2020

“Chinese virus” or “kung flu” are racist terms that put Asian and Asian Americans at risk of hate crimes. After the international news broke about the coronavirus and Washington’s first case confirmed on January 21, immigrant and refugee community leaders and organizations noticed an alarming increase in bias and harassment against Asian American communities. The …

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2020 Fakequity Pledge

March 2, 2020

The following is an excerpt from 2020 Fakequity Pledge, published January 2, 2020, on Fakequity, a blog written by Erin Okuno. To see the full list and subscribe to the blog, go to fakequity.com. 2020 is here, the start of a new decade. In the 2020 Fakequity pledge list, I’ve organized the list by how we live …

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Neighborhood House stands with Iranian community

January 7, 2020

Dear Neighborhood House, I was shocked and saddened to learn about the events that occurred at the US-Canadaborder over the weekend, in Blaine, Washington. Many Iranians and Iranian-Americans weredetained by US Customs and Border Protection for prolonged questioning as they werelooking to cross the border to return to their homes in the US. Civil rights …

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#istandwithbeyonceblackstjames

January 2, 2020

I support Beyonce Black St. James, the performer that was invited by All Home to speak and perform at the recent All Home Homelessness System Conference. Several Neighborhood House staff attended this conference and found the information at the conference extremely valuable, and her performance empowering. LGBTQ People of Color are underrepresented in the research, service …

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Way beyond the numbers

December 2, 2019

When I set out to write this article, I began by looking at data. I looked up the homeless rate of POC (People of Color), specifically the impact on the Black community compared to the White community. I read about the infant mortality rates of Black mothers here in Washington state compared to White mothers. …

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Indigenous People’s Day

November 1, 2019

Indigenous People’s Day is a day to honor and celebrate the original people and cultures of our land. Indigenous history and culture have often been excluded or misrepresented, which contributes to ongoing oppression. Indigenous People’s Day ensures that important and challenging histories are not erased. My family’s story helps me remember why this is important. …

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This data tool helps homeless people get housing. If you’re white, your chances are even better.

October 29, 2019

“When Leah Post started using a tool meant to prioritize the most vulnerable people she worked with for a shot at housing, she noticed something was off.  People walking through the doors of her human services organization were disproportionately people of color. But the assessment tool she was using, a mouthful called the Vulnerability Index — Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, or VI-SPDAT for short, regularly prioritized white clients.” Read the full article at …

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On the ballot: Referendum 88

October 1, 2019

Neighborhood House is a multicultural agency working to disrupt the forces of poverty, inequality,and injustice. This monthly column is intended to promote awareness of equity issues in our regionand in our work. This month, we’re providing an overview of a measure that Washington voters will decide on inthe upcoming 2019 elections. What is Referendum 88? …

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