Community Resource Center Updates – July 19, 2021

In this week’s Community Corner newsletter:

Reentry Support: Are you interested in one-on-one support from people with the same life experiences as you? Check out the following programs from Freedom Project:

  • Reentry (Re)Call: A weekly phone support circle for those who have been formally incarcerated, whether it’s been a few days since release or a few years. Call in and connect with people who understand reentry in a way that other people don’t. Every Friday at 6 p.m. Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (ID# 521 687 912) or join online.
  • R.E.A.L. Sessions: A reentry community that gets together monthly, both formally and informally for connection, conversation and to help one another deal with the challenges and successes of reentry and life, regardless if you got out yesterday or have been out for years.
  • Family Circle Support: Provides support for the families, partners, and friends of people directly impacted by incarceration. Click here to join the interest list.

For more information, email connect@freedomprojectwa.org or call (206) 325-5678.

How to Get a Washington State ID: For individuals needing a replacement ID or first ever IDs for Washington State, please do the following:

  • Complete an intake via walk-in at the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) office 2515 Western Avenue Suite 2 from Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4 PM.
  • Pick up a DSHS Identicard voucher from a local DSHS office that will reduce the price of the ID to $5, which MID will subsidize. (You must be active on food and/or cash assistance with DSHS to receive this voucher.)
  • Return to MID on any Wednesday at 8 AM sharp, and a MID Outreach team member will escort you to the Department of Licensing (DOL) to finalize the ID. You will receive a temporary paper ID immediately, and the actual ID is mailed to MID in about 7 business days.

Due to DOL requirements, individuals needing a first ever Washington State ID will likely have to wait approximately 1-4 months, depending on documentation necessary to prove residency and identity. MID orders all documentation necessary and absorbs the additional cost.

Depending on your situation, the process can take between a week to as long as several months. Please speak with the clinician who does your intake for details.

Besides ID services, the MID/Downtown Seattle Association Outreach Team also connects individuals with supportive services, housing, shelter referrals, treatment, employment, and assists with other basic needs. For more information, contact MID at 206-973-1835 or email info@downtownseattle.org.

Racism and the Economy: Focus on Criminal Justice: This virtual video event presented by all 12 District Banks of the Federal Reserve System focuses on how racism in the criminal justice system impacts the economy. The session explores how overrepresentation of people of color and Indigenous people in the criminal legal system compromises the performance of the overall economy. Watch on YouTube and learn more here.

KC Community Listening Session: The King County Districting Committee and the League of Women Voters are co-hosting a community listening session for civic minded groups and individuals in King County on Wednesday, July 21 at 7 PM. Redistricting determines which areas, neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing and being represented by a King County Councilmember. Click here for the Zoom link.

View the full newsletter PDF here.