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Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington;
The COVID-19 crisis has caused deep and widespread strain across sectors and individuals since taking hold in early 2020. Despite this adversity, nonprofits—especially those comprising the modern social safety net—have continued to serve their communities during this tumultuous time (Kulish, 2020). This report seeks to understand (a) the major challenges facing nonprofits in Washington state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, (b) the strategies that nonprofits are using to mitigate the effects of the crisis, (c) how nonprofits are experiencing changes in funder relationships as a result of the crisis, (d) the degree to which nonprofits in the state have accessed assistance under the CARES Act, and (e) the most pressing needs nonprofits have as they face the ongoing uncertainty and hardship presented by COVID-19.
Byrd Barr Place;
Black residents in King County have faced immeasurable layers of harm, due to systemic racism, redlining, underemployment, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the implementation of systematic barriers, which have prevented Blacks from accessing traditional pathways to wealth and economic security in the region. In alignment with its commitment to advancing racial equity and in support of Black residents, Seattle Foundation invested in learning how to better support the work of Black-led organizations (BLOs) through a partnership with Byrd Barr Place and Cardea. The project team worked to explore the strengths, challenges, and opportunities for alignment across BLOs.The intent of this report is to enhance funders' understanding of local BLOs, so they can provide tailored philanthropic support that meets the needs of BLOs and so BLOs in the King County region can better understand each other's work.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Seattle;
With 40 percent of the Washington restaurant workforce composed of workers of color, restaurant professions could provide real pathways to living-wage professions for Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous workers.3 However, the current structure of the industry denies living-wage opportunities to a large percentage of this diverse workforce. In order to determine the role of passive or implicit, and active discrimination in hiring practices in Seattle's restaurant industry, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United has partnered with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights to examine restaurant hiring practices and the experiences of workers of color. Utilizing census data to analyze segregation patterns within the industry, matched pair audit tests of job seekers, and interviews and focus groups with restaurant workers, we examined patterns of discrimination in the industry in order to craft proposals to support and encourage the adoption of racial equity practices by employers and the industry at large.
National Center for Healthy Housing, Inc.;
In 2015, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1720 (HB 1720), which expanded the purpose of theMatchmaker Low-Income Residential Weatherization Program to include healthy housing improvements. The Enhanced Wx+H pilot represented a new approach to leveraging state and local resources and support to expand measures and services available through Low Income Weatherization. One long-term objective was to develop integrated service models eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid or other sources that engaged medical and public health services.
Kaiser Family Foundation;
Asian immigrants have faced multiple challenges in the past year. There has been a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, driven, in part, by inflammatory rhetoric related to the coronavirus pandemic, which has spurred the federal government to make a recent statement condemning and denouncing acts of racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian American communities and to enact the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. At the same time, immigrants living in the U.S. have experienced a range of increased health and financial risks associated with COVID-19. These risks and barriers may have been compounded by immigration policy changes made by the Trump administration that increased fears among immigrant families and made some more reluctant to access programs and services, including health coverage and health care. Although the Biden administration has since reversed many of these policies, they may continue to have lingering effects among families.Limited data are available to understand how immigrants have been affected by the pandemic, and there are particularly little data available to understand the experiences of Asian immigrants even though they are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the U.S. and are projected to become the nation's largest immigrant group over the next 35 years. To help fill these gaps in information, this analysis provides insight into recent experiences with racism and discrimination, immigration-related fears, and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Asian immigrant patients at four community health centers.The findings are based on a KFF survey with a convenience sample of 1,086 Asian American patients at four community health centers. Respondents were largely low-income and 80% were born outside the United States. The survey was conducted between February 15 and April 12, 2021.
Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College;
This paper, which is a product of DCJ's Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice ("the Research Network"), examines long-term trends in lower-level enforcement across seven U.S. jurisdictions: Durham, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; New York City, NY; Prince George's County; MD; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO. It draws both on reports that were produced through partnerships between local researchers and criminal justice agency partners as well as updated data the Research Network has published through an interactive online dashboard. The paper analyzed cross-jurisdictional trends in enforcement, including misdemeanor arrest rates broadly, by demographics (race/age/sex), and by charge.
Urban Indian Health Institute;
This report assesses the needs of the urban disabled and Elder AI/AN population in King County, WA by analyzing data from survey results and key-informant interviews with community members.
Measures for Justice;
Despite accounting for a substantial portion of local, state, and federal budgets, our criminal justice institutions are among the least measured systems in our country. In an effort to bring transparency to this sector, MFJ has collected, standardized, and made public 20 states' worth of criminal justice data.The purpose of this report is to share what we have learned through this effort, including: (a) what we cannot see when data are missing, and (b) the value that data can provide when they are available and comparable. In particular, we identify patterns around the following:There is a substantial lack of data around pretrial detention and release decision-making, as well as individual demographics (particularly indigence).New data privacy laws are also making it needlessly difficult to obtain certain data. This poses challenges to understanding how individuals experience the system in cases that do not result in conviction.There is great variation in how counties dispose of and sentence nonviolent cases; how financial obligations are imposed on individuals; and the collateral consequences that individuals face when convicted.Across many of these findings, where demographics are available, we have an opportunity to identify and respond to significant disparities in group outcomes.This report challenges stakeholders and policymakers to dig deeper into these patterns and missing data. It also implores policymakers and legislators to improve criminal justice data infrastructure to ensure a more transparent, fair, and equitable implementation of justice.
Taylor Policy Group;
Indian Country today bears the imprint of history—the legacy of conflict endured, of treaties made and broken, and of government promises unfulfilled. Indians living on reservations earn incomes that are fractions of what other Americans enjoy, and they carry financial, social, and cultural costs that few other American communities do. History matters—still. This is a story of just such a resurgence—the recent economic history of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. It is a story of persistence, achievement, and generosity. Most of all, it is a story of economic growth with impacts that extend to the nearby Cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend and to the Snoqualmie Valley generally.
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy;
In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.
Cultural Policy Center at The University of Chicago;
State-level funding for the arts, humanities, heritage, and allied forms of culture is an important source of financial support, dwarfing the aid provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This investigation, underwritten by the Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that states support culture through policies and programs scattered across state government and through means that go beyond direct funding.
During the last decade, families with children have constituted the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population nationwide.Unlike homeless individuals, they are usually out of the public eye, living in cars or doubling-up with other families in often-overcrowded conditions. The reasons families become homeless vary: A job loss, an unforeseen financial or health crisis, or domestic violence could propel them from an already financially precarious situation into housing loss. The continued cutback of federal and state social welfare programs in the last two decades has only made securing stable housing more challenging for those living in poverty. In Washington State, there were approximately 3,000 families that experienced homelessness in 2011, although that figure is most likely an undercount. While the experience of homelessness is undeniably stressful for adults, especially when compounded with the trauma of violence and other factors that forced them into homelessness, the consequences for children can have lasting impact. As a result of losing their home life and routine, children suffer from poor physical and mental health, experience hunger, and often transfer or drop out of school altogether. To address this societal challenge, a group of private funders, government officials, nonprofit advocates, and lawmakers in 2004 formed the Washington Families Fund (WFF), a public-private partnership that funds services in housing for families experiencing homelessness. Building Changes, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness in Washington State, leads the program. Since its inception, WFF has secured more than $28 million from 25 public and private funding sources, and re-granted funds to 39 providers throughout the state. WFF grantee providers have served 1,750 families, including more than 3,000 children, across the state. The results are promising: More than 70 percent of the children stayed stable in their schools rather than transfer as a result of homelessness, and approximately 60 percent of families have exited into stable housing. As WFF continues to serve families, the program is undergoing extensive evaluation to identify the often complex challenges that homeless families face and to continue evolving best practices in helping them attain stability. This case study provides a concise history of the vision that led to WFF, the sometimes challenging path it took to get there, and the program's most unique attributes.