The Arc of Whatcom County Parent Coalition E-Alert
February 2011
Parent Coalition

Housing Vouchers at Risk!


On February 19,2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the latest Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 which includes a 70 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. This extraordinary cut to a critically needed federal supportive housing program means that as many as 10,000 of the 14,000+ vulnerable households with significant and long-term disabilities who currently have a Section 811-funded Mainstream voucher could lose their housing assistance. It also means that no new Section 811 supportive housing units will be funded in FY2011.


Advocates are urged to contact their U.S. Senators and voice opposition to this 70 percent cut in Section 811. Urge your senators to provide full funding for all Section 811 renewals, including PRAC renewals as well as Section 811-funded Mainstream voucher renewals.


All U.S. Senate offices can be reached by calling 202-244-3121. You can also find contact information for your Senators at It is important to contact your Senators as soon as possible to ensure that the Senate CR - which should be released sometime next week - provides full funding for the Section 811 program.


NOTE: This cut will affect many residents of Whatcom County.



Interested in making your voice heard?

This workshop might be just for you!





Participants will gain valuable, practical skills on advocating for themselves, their family or the community. Topics will include: accessing the latest legislative news, sharing your story and communicating with elected officials.


9:00 am - 3:00pm, Saturday, March 19

The Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham 

To register, please call Amy at (360) 715-0170 ext. 309.



Safety Awareness and Sexual Abuse Prevention Group


This group is designed for parents and their children ages 8-12. They will focus on initiating activities to increase the safety of children by increasing awareness of relevant issues and the development of personal safety strategies.


To reserve your spot, please call Amy at (360) 715-0170 ext. 309. Space is limited, so call soon.   


Out of the Ashes



Out of the Ashes

Tuesday, March 15th


Bellingham High School Theater


For more information, visit





March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month


March is a perfect opportunity to celebrate diversity, respect and inclusion at your school, church, organization or workplace. For more information, call Amy at The Arc: (360) 715-0170, ext. 309. 



Rally to Protect MPC Funding

Join hundreds of people with disabilities as they rally to protect funding for Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) services. Please wear blue for developmental disabilities and wear your blue scarf too!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

11 am - 2 pm

Olympia Capitol Campus

The rally is organized by The Arc of Washington State, the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, and SEIU Healthcare 775NW.


The Parent Coalition of the Arc of Whatcom County provides information and education to individuals with developmental disabilities, their caregivers, families and the community by responding to requests for assistance. We provide 1:1 support and serve as a resource to increase understanding of the developmental disability service system and special education system.  


 For information and assistance, contact Beverly Porter, Parent Coalition Coordinator at (360) 715-0170, x306 or via email to 



The Arc of Whatcom County provides information and referrals, educational programs, and funding for people with developmental disabilities, their families and the organizations that serve them.


This E-Alert is made possible by funding from the Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities program. 




U.S. Legislators

Sen. Maria Cantwell
Phone: (202)224-3441

Sen. Patty Murray
Phone: (202)224-2621

2nd District

Rep. Rick Larsen
Phone: (202)225-2605

State Legislators

42nd District

Sen. Doug Ericksen


Rep. Vincent Buys


Rep. Jason Overstreet


40th District

Sen. Kevin Ranker

Rep. Kristine Lytton



Rep. Jeff Morris


February 2011


26 Saturday
Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 am - Noon
The Arc of Whatcom County
Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Road
Contact Emily:715-0170 ext. 305


March 2011


2 Wednesday

11 am - 2 pm

Rally for MPC Funding

Olympia Capitol Campus


5 Saturday


Youth Self Advocacy Group

The Arc of Whatcom County

Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road

Contact Maureen: 715-0170


15 Tuesday

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Out of the Ashes Band

Bellingham HS Theater


19 Saturday

9am - 3pm

Legislative Advocacy Workshop

The Arc of Whatcom County

Dan Godwin Community Center

2602 McLeod Road

Contact Amy:715-0170 ext. 309


22 Tuesday


Living in the Community

St Lukes Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway

Contact Vicki: 676-6724 ext  32243



28 Monday


4:30-6:00 pm

DD Advisory Board Meeting

St Lukes Health Education Center

3333 Squalicum Parkway

Contact Jessica: 676-6724 ext 32014