Housing Instability:

Shifting from Crises to Solutions


Friday, March 19: Part 1 – The Housing Crisis

Friday, March 26: Part 2 – The Homelessness Crisis

Friday, April 2: Part 3 – Elected Leaders on the Housing and Homelessness Crisis

We’ve created this resource page to give you access to more information about this topic in a variety of formats, from short interviews we’ve conducted with some of the speakers to a list of ways you can get involved in this issue and help work toward solutions. We hope you find this curated content valuable and please contact us at cityclub@seattlecityclub.org if you have questions or want to suggest other resources to add to this resource page.

Housing instability issues continue to impact people in our region, with the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn. This Civic Boot Camp series addresses questions on affordable housing, homelessness, and legislative priorities and highlight success stories with local experts, elected officials, and community leaders.










Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett, Director, The Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness

Bill discusses his work with the faith community to address homelessness in our neighborhoods and especially working with people living in their vehicles

Daniel Zavala, Interim Director, We Are In and Building Changes

Daniel discusses how “We Are In”, a new collaboration of non-profits, business, homeless service providers and those with lived experience will address the homelessness crisis in our region.

Josh Castle, Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement, Low Income Housing Institute

Josh talks about his organization’s efforts to address the homelessness crisis, especially through their administration of the Tiny House Villages program. He describes how the program works, from its management and funding to effectiveness in helping people transition into more permanent housing.

Tram Tran-Larson and Edmund Witter, Housing Justice Project

Tram and Edmund discuss how the Housing Justice Project provides rental assistance and eviction protection for vulnerable populations in our region and the how the pandemic (and resulting economic downtown) have exacerbated pre-existing trends in evictions (especially for communities of color).

Qiana Tyeskey, Housing Director, Helen Gaines, Homeless Outreach Manager; and Linda Taylor, VP of Housing & Financial Empowerment, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. 

Qiana, Linda and Helen discuss their work to provide rental and foreclosure assistance and wrap-around services to people experiencing homelessness (highlighting their Safe Parking program for people living in their cars) and their suggestions for how to get involved. 



Patience Malaba

Stephen Norman

Rachael Myers

Tyrone Brown

Director of Government Relations & Policy, Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County

Patience Malaba serves as the Director of Government Relations and Policy, at the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. She puts her values into action, leading the process of setting HDC’s annual advocacy agenda and strategy to advance the annual priorities that help meet King County’s housing affordability needs, support sustainable and equitable neighborhoods of opportunity for those with the greatest needs. Prior to joining HDC, Patience managed Seattle for Everyone, a broad coalition of affordable housing developers and advocates, for-profit developers and businesses, labor organizations, environmentalists, and urbanists to advance the first-ever comprehensive package of affordable housing policies in Seattle, known as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Early in her role she worked with Futurewise, a statewide growth management, and civic planning organization, on promoting equitable, environmentally sound housing and land-use policies. She serves on the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)’s Growth Management Policy Board as an alternate. She also currently serves on the Seattle Planning Commission and is the 2020 winner of the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Award. Patience holds a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. Connect with her on twitter @patience_malaba or @HDC_SeaKC.

Executive Director, King County Housing Authority 

Stephen Norman serves as Executive Director of the King County Housing Authority, which provides housing support to low income households living in Seattle’s suburban metropolitan area. The Authority helps house 21,000 households in permanent affordable housing and works closely with community partners to address the needs of the region’s homeless and at-risk populations; promote family self-sufficiency, and support educational and life success for the 20,000 children in its programs.   

Mr. Norman has an extensive background in community organizing, urban planning and affordable housing design, development and management. He served as the first Assistant Housing Commissioner for homeless housing development in New York City and subsequently helped create the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a national non-profit lending institution that works to increase the supply of service enriched housing for homeless households. He currently serves as President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) and Chair of the Board of CSH.  

Executive Director, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 

Since 2008, Rachael Myers has served as Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, a statewide advocacy organization working to ensure that everyone in Washington has the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home. Prior to that her professional work included serving as Organizing and Advocacy Director at Real Change (Seattle’s street newspaper), working with homeless youth in Seattle’s University District, and lobbying the state legislature for health care, housing, and human services. Connect with Rachael over email at rachealm(at)wliha.org, on twitter @wliha, or on Facebook @wliha.

Statewide Organizer, Tenants Union 

Tyrone has been directly affected by housing injustice since as long as he can remember. Growing up in Portland, Or. Remembering being one of the last black families in the neighborhood. Where they were trading homes for pay checks and kicking the community out or to the the outskirts of the city. Tyrone began fighting gentrification and housing injustice around the age of 14. Fast forward as an adult, after living in Olympia for 5 years and receiving a no cause eviction with their 3 kids. Tyrone then realized housing injustice wasn’t just a inner city problem but an all around systemic issue. Once again joined the housing fight. Tyrone worked at WaCan for 1 yr as the Olympia organizer and was able to help the community to pass Covid-19 related tenant policy. In June 2020 Tyrone help founded BLAST: Black Leaders in Action and Solidarity, in Thurston County whose mission is to elevate voices for justice, transparency, and respect for marginalized people; to dismantle systematic and institutionalized racism and our justice and law enforcement, correctional institution’s and local governments, public safety, education institutions, housing, and health and human services. Tyrone is Tenants Union of Washington State‘s newest employee and will be serving as the Statewide Tenant Organizer. Connect with Tyrone on Facebook @BLASThurston or @TenantsUnion.

Selected readings and resources for March 19 webinar – Short list of recent articles and resources to review prior to the webinar (See comprehensive list below). 






Theresa Baker

Maureen Ewing

Dawn Whitson

Chris Park

Community Organizer, Ravenna-Cowen Community Alliance 

Theresa Barker is an organizer of a community of neighbors surrounding Ravenna-Cowen Parks who have been working for the past several years to advocate for protection of parks environments and green spaces, and to assist those in need who are living outdoors. Theresa and her organization strive to learn about the causes of homelessness and to work with city representatives and other stakeholders to be a part of the solution to this troubling and complex problem facing our city. Her Op-Ed, “Seattle parks and greenbelts are too wonderful to be trashed,” appeared in the Seattle Times in October, 2018. Theresa has a Ph.D. in Engineering, and her family has lived in Seattle since the time of the Seattle World’s Fair. Connect with Theresa over email at theresabarker(at)comcast.net.

Executive Director, University Heights Center   

Since 2014, Maureen Ewing has served as the Executive Director of the University Heights Center, a nationally recognized historic landmark and community center in Seattle’s U District.  The UHeights mission is to promote lifelong learning, creativity, culture, community activism and the preservation of our historic building. More recently, UHeights has launched programs to serve our neighbors who are unhoused through collaborative ventures that address the growing need.  You can find more information at uheightscenter.org. 

She has served the nonprofit sector as a leader and manager for over 15 years starting in Colorado leading organizations that support older adults; fiscal sponsorship expanding the capacity of the nonprofit sector; and other human services.   She’s served on various boards, including as founding board chair of a Veteran’s Aid Group in Boulder, CO and currently chairs the U District’s Business Improvement Area board and serves on the U District Rotary Board.  Maureen holds her Master’s in Nonprofit Management. Connect with Maureen over email at maureen(at)uheightscenter.org.

Outreach Case-Manager, REACH

I am blessed to be able to use my lived experience with homelessness and addiction to better serve Seattle’s unsheltered population by working as an Outreach Care Coordinator for REACH. The work that we do seeks to support folks living outside in encampments and RVs by assisting folks with much needed survival resources, a lifeline to program navigation and a relationship that lets folks know that they are not alone or forgotten. Connect with me over email at dawnw(at)etsreach.org or on Facebook

Metropolitan Improvement District Outreach Manager, Downtown Seattle Association  

Chris Park leads the DSA/MID Outreach Team. This group meets individuals experiencing homelessness where they are providing case management and connection to services, housing, treatment and employment options. Chris is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington and has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness suffering from co-occurring disorders in Seattle for the past 9 years. Connect with Chris over email at christopherp(at)downtownseattle.org. 

Selected readings and resources for March 26 webinar – Short list of recent articles and resources to review prior to the webinar (See comprehensive list below).