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September 9, 2021

COVID-19 Housing Assistance Updatesdoor to house with key in doorknob

On August 26, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease and Prevention. This decision affects hundreds of thousands of Americans who are at risk for losing their housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We, as advocates, know this is going to add to the already heavy load survivors are carrying. While we know this is devastating news there is still hope through Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds. ERAP funds can be used for multiple rent related costs including rent, utilities costs, and can be used by service providers to provide housing related services.

ERAP Fund Eligible Uses

  • Rent and rental arrears (including at previous addresses)
  • Utilities and home energy costs and arrears
  • Other housing related expenses incurred directly or indirectly due to COVID-19, which may include relocation expenses, including security deposit, rental fees, internet service, etc.
  • Who is eligible for ERAP funds?

    • At least 1 member of the household has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced COVID-19 related financial hardship.
    • A member of the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, and household income is 80% AMI and below.
    • Eligible tenants may receive 18 months total of ERAP assistance.
    • How to access the funds?

      • ERAP funds are generally paid directly to the landlord or utility provider.
      • If the landlord refuses to apply for ERAP funds, tenants can apply and receive the funds directly.

      Please visit the Department of Treasury website for updates to guidance and more detailed information about how to help survivors access these funds.

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Idaho Youth For Change Summit 2021

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We’re excited to announce that our second annual Idaho Youth for Change Summit will be on Friday, October 1st & Saturday, October 2nd!

By nurturing the conditions for self-empowerment, the Idaho Youth for Change Summit will strengthen skills, build relationships, and spark equitable, healthy, and thriving communities across Idaho. This year we will explore the theme: Transforming Our Collective Future! We want to acknowledge the transformation that has been achieved through collective effort, resilience, and care this past year.

Our summit planning committee, which includes youth and adult members from throughout Idaho, has worked together to create this exciting virtual event over the past few months. The free virtual Summit will be an uplifting, educational, and inspiring youth-led event. This year’s agenda will include youth-led engaging sessions, opportunities to connect, project funding info, fun prizes, and more! Returning this year is our popular Youth Panel, which will feature experienced Idaho community organizers who will offer tools, advice, and encouragement for others to be a catalyst for change in their communities.

So, if you are between the ages of 14-20, please join us for this unique opportunity and become a force for good in your community! If you work with this population, please pass along the information!

This event has been organized by youth, for youth! With support from a few adults representing various organizations and agencies, including the Idaho Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, Sexual Violence Prevention Health Program, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, St. Luke’s Health System, Poder of Idaho, ACLU of Idaho, The Advocates, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, Idaho Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and Idaho State Department of Education.

Register here!

You can learn more by visiting our website:idahoyouth4change.org. We will also provide updates on times, speakers, and more via our newsletter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Everytown’s Storytelling Workshop

orange button on plaid shirtYou are cordially invited to attend a no-cost, virtual workshop designed to connect survivors of domestic violence and gun violence, learn tips on how to share your lived experience through storytelling, understand the significance of taking care and sustaining yourself as a survivor, and inspire others to take action to end domestic violence and gun violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The storytelling workshop will be held Saturday, October 2 from Noon – 4 pm EST (9 am-Noon PST). Learn more about the workshop and our national partner, Everytown Survivor Network, who will be hosting the event.

Who: Presenters for the workshop include Senior Survivor Fellow Susan Browder with the Everytown Survivor Network, Abigail Hurst, Deputy Director of Survivor Advocacy with the Everytown Survivor Network, and Rediet Wegayehu, Senior Associate, Evaluation and Learning with Everytown for Gun Safety. Survivors of domestic violence and gun violence from across the country will attend the workshop.

What: The trauma-informed survivor storytelling workshop is designed to connect survivors of domestic violence and gun violence, learn tips on how to share your lived experience through storytelling, understand the significance of taking care and sustaining yourself as a survivor, and inspire others to take action to end domestic violence and gun violence during October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more details about these workshops here.

When: Saturday, October 2 from Noon – 4 pm EST (9 am-Noon PST)

Where: This workshop will be completely virtual through zoom. This event will not be in person.

How: Click here to reserve your spot and RSVP to the workshop by Wednesday, September 15.

Please contact survivors@everytown.org if you have any questions about this workshop.

Training & Events

Idaho Statewide Rural Webinar Series: Working with Teen Clients
September 13, September 20, & September 27, 2021 | 1pm MST/2pm CST – 2pm MST/3pm CST

Jessica Moreno, LCSW and Dalton Tiegs, of the Idaho Coalition, will facilitate a three part series on working with teen survivors. The three part series will include learning topics such as understanding the unique challenges and barriers youth face in accessing services, identifying entry points & opportunities for youth client intervention, identifying and practicing strategies to address mandated reporting, and identifying common barriers to building rapport with you, among other topics. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build the skills you need to serve youth survivors. Register here!


Restoring Ourselves Virtual Gathering for Domestic Violence Advocates and Executive Directors
September 13-14, 2021 | 12pm PST/1pm MST- 4pm PST/5pm MST

A convening for program advocates to come together virtually to explore the lessons, gifts, and grief of this moment and engage in restorative healing practices that they can use for themselves and to create healing spaces for survivors. Zoom link to gathering has been emailed to all registrants.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any questions, please contact Kailey.


Courageous Conversations with Ohio Men: Using Art and Social Media to Influence Social Change
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 8am MST/10am EST- 9:30am MST/11:30am EST

The Ohio Men’s Action Network is excited to announce the third quarterly Courageous Conversation event, part of the OHMAN Healthy Masculinity Campaign – ‘Know Better. Do Better. Be Better.’ This gender-based violence prevention campaign is geared toward creating and supporting communities where all people can live free of violence within their homes, relationships, and communities. As a partner and ally in this work, we know that you share in this commitment to respect, safety, and equality.

Click here for more information about OHMAN or to register for the event.


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MMIW/P- The Next Steps

October 13-14, 2021

Please save this important date on your calendar for an in-person conference. Professionals from several different organizations and jurisdictions will come together to create a plan addressing the next steps of MMIW/P. Open to all agencies, advocates, and educators.

For more info please email blasarte@cdatribe-nsn.gov.

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