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Important Information Regarding the Equifax Breach

The recent Equifax information breach is the worst of it’s kind in history. Ramifications may affect consumers for the next 20 years, according to representatives from the office of the Attorney General (WA). Below, see some important information from the CFPB on how to protect yourself and your family from credit fraud in the wake of the breach:

Place security freezes

Currently, there is no charge to place a security freeze with Equifax. The fee waiver will end 11/21/2017, so if you would like to place a free credit freeze, you might consider doing so now. If you freeze your account, be sure to print the one-time .pdf for your pin number so you can lift the freeze later.

According to the AG’s office, it does no good to freeze one reporting bureau and not the other two, but there are fees to freeze Experian and Transunion reports (about $10.95 each). You will also need to pay to lift the freeze later. It is advised to order copies of your credit report from all three bureaus prior to freezing your accounts.

Contacts for each reporting bureau:

 

What is a security freeze anyway?

A security freeze prevents new creditors from accessing your credit file and prevents others from opening accounts in your name until you lift the freeze. Unlike fraud alerts, placing a security freeze with one reporting company does not mean they will notify the other two agencies. You must contact each credit reporting agency individually to place freezes. Because most businesses will not open credit without a credit check, a freeze can stop thieves from opening credit in your name.

How else can I protect myself and my family?

If you choose not to freeze your credit report with all three bureaus, it can be a good idea to place a free fraud alert with one of the bureaus if you choose only to freeze your Equifax report at no charge. Placing a fraud report with a bureau triggers fraud alerts for your report at all three bureaus.

FTC link to placing fraud alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0275-place-fraud-alert

More information from CFBP can be found here: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/top-10-ways-protect-yourself-wake-equifax-data-breach/

 

 

 

MyBallard Article on 60th Street AHP Project & More!

 

Happy Tuesday! Here’s the latest news from your favorite affordable housing provider:

MyBallard.com was kind enough to reblog our story about Joel Romeo’s new home. Check out their article HERE and feel free to share!

Tonight is Cabaret of Evil’s fundraiser to benefit Parkview. This is a pay-what-you-can variety show at Substation in Ballard (one of Joel’s favorite haunts, coincidentally!) Check it out HERE!

This week is Direct Support Professionals Week- Take some time to thank your DSP! DSPs often are called other titles, such as Client Advocates, Counselors, Nursing Assistants, Caregivers and other things. No matter what the name, the job of a DSP is often challenging, but deeply rewarding. Thank you, DSPs! To learn more about the difference that DSPs makes in the lives of the people they support, visit the DSP Toolkit from ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign.There, you can read sample DSP job descriptions and hear stories from DSPs about the meaning of their work. 

Just a couple weeks left to register for our 3rd Annual Auction Dinner! Come and have a great meal and check out some amazing auction items, all to benefit Parkview’s five programs for people in need. For more info and to register, visit our auction website HERE

Have a great week!

Community Businesses Rally to Support Affordable Housing

 

60th Street Duplex Renovation or “The Joel Romeo Project”

 

Local businesses step up to help

Renovating a garage into a studio apartment with a separate entrance is an expensive and time consuming job. Fortunately, these local business owners have demonstrated their commitment to creating inclusive affordable housing in their community. Combined with financial support from Parkview Services, local foundations and the many donors who raised over $22,000 for Joel through his gofundme, this project is possible, and Joel will have a home for as long as he wishes to stay. Beyond Joel, this studio serves as an affordable housing rental for decades to come for other low-income people with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Since Fall 2016, Max Wallace, Parkview Services, The Arc of King County, Provail and numerous community friends and supporters have been working to create a new home for Ballard resident Joel Romeo.

Joel is a man in his late 60’s who has lived in Ballard for close to 30 years. He loves rock music, karaoke, creating art and hanging with his many, many friends. Joel is also a person with autism and extremely low-income. He was evicted from his rental home of 20 years last summer, and his best friend Max sprung into action. Max started a gofundme campaign that has raised over $22,000, intended to help Joel transition into a new permanent home.

Joel loves Ballard, and Ballard loves Joel, and so the goal has been find to him a safe, high quality, affordable and long-term rental in the area. This task has proven difficult, given the current rental market. After he was first evicted, Joel was living in a hotel room on Aurora, because it was all he could afford.

Joel’s service providers, The Arc of King County and Provail, came together with Parkview Services and worked with Max to develop a plan to renovate an existing Parkview AHP home into a duplex with a studio for Joel to live in. The three organizations worked together to place Joel in temporary affordable housing in Shoreline at one of Parkview’s existing AHP homes, so he wouldn’t have to live in a hotel during the construction phase. Joel’s care providers continue to work with him and his friends have helped keep him connected to his community in Ballard as he’s temporarily displaced.

The studio is nearing it’s completion, with a goal for Joel to move in on October 1st. The new place is just blocks from his old home, and will mean he can stay connected to his community, where he is a beloved friend to many. 

PROGRESS

Here are some current photos of the space. Skilled professionals are working to complete the project, and soon Rebuilding Together Seattle’s amazing crew of volunteers will be out to help us with framing.

Concrete work by Evergreen Concrete Cutting
Parkview AHP Inspector Peter Catterall on site
Though it looks rough now, this space will be a beautiful studio apartment.
Thank you, Evergreen Concrete Cutting!
Evergreen Concrete Cutting came out and did a much needed job so we could reach the pipes under the floor
Great Job

we still need Your help!

If you would like to contribute to this project financially or in-kind, we really need more support. We’ve encountered some unexpected problems over the past few months that have set us over budget. In order to finish on time, we need more $ and can use your help if you are skilled in construction trades.

Please contact Lauren Sabia at 206-542-6644 Ext. 151 or lauren@parkviewservices.org to help.

 

continued support

Would you like to support projects like this that help more people like Joel?

Consider attending our annual auction dinner this October 7th! All proceeds benefit Parkview’s programs for people in need. We’ll be featuring an overview of this project and honoring those community members that contributed. Come and enjoy a great meal and a fun time and support affordable housing.

For tickets and info, visit: http://pvannualauctiondinner.weebly.com/

 

Sensational Summer Funders and Friends!

This summer has been wonderful, thanks to the amazing support of our local community foundations and county council and the incredible and tireless dedication of our volunteers, friends and donors (many of whom are one in the same!)

Bainbridge Community Foundation (BCF) awarded Parkview Services $2,500 for Mortgage Default Program housing counseling on Bainbridge Island and surrounding areas. We are happy to have developed a relationship with BCF as we serve struggling homeowners from Bainbridge. We first received funds for MD in 2016, and we’re thankful for the continued support of BCF.

The Community Foundation of Snohomish County (CFSC) has several Donor Advised Funds, four of which are the result of the generosity of the Nysether Family. This year, the Nysether Family’s Brent’s Fund for Disabilities granted Parkview’s Pre- Purchase Program $5,000 for pre-purchase housing counseling to low-moderate income people with disabilities and the family members that live with them. We are thankful to the Nysethers for recognizing this need and contributing to our program activities in Snohomish County. This is a new relationship as of this year, and we look forward to helping CFSC and the Nysether Family get to know Parkview Services through our work with first-time homebuyers with disabilities.

The King County Council voted this month to award Parkview Group Home a new (to us) van from the Metro Vanpool! The Group Home’s previous van was totaled in an accident when it was hit by another car this spring. (Nobody was hurt!) The settlement we received from the accident wasn’t enough to replace the very expensive 8-seater van, which is what is needed to transport all six residents and two staff. We’re thrilled to be getting a new van in September, and we’d like to thank Councilmember Rod Dembowski for his support and advocacy and Elizabeth Evans for her incredible help and support through the process.

Camp Parkview friends rallied this month and in five days, they met a pressing need. The golf cart at Camp Burton bit the dust, and our Camp Directors were scrambling to figure out what to do to replace it before Camp Parkview’s 2017 session starts in just a couple of weeks! With some quick thinking and the amazing help of our donors and friends, we were able to purchase a used golf cart that was checked by a mechanic and delivered to Camp Burton!

Special thanks to John Holliday, John Carson, Tom Swanson, Nancy Trenbeth, Arthur Ortiz, Frank O’Neill, Sue Theiler, Jen Gilbert, Charles Moody and everyone that shared and helped us with this need.

Thank you to all of our amazing friends, donors and advocates. You help us create inclusive housing solutions that promote stability opportunity and community!

Another Wonderful Rebuilding Day!

This year’s Spring Rebuilding Day was another great success. Rebuilding Together Seattle Volunteers from Pemco Insurance came out to our Affordable Housing Home on 168th and worked hard on the following projects:

-Much needed landscaping
-Rebuilding of front wheelchair ramp
-Rebuilt section of fencing
-Installation of fencing
-Installation of basement storage shelving

A HUGE Thank you to our amazing friends from Pemco. Our longtime relationship with RTS is so important to our tenants- great work everyone!

For more information about Rebuilding Together Seattle and Spring Rebuilding Day, please check out RTS’ website!