Be: Seattle founder Devin Silvernail has been pumping out community action projects since starting the nonprofit in January 2016. The latest mission is to get people experiencing homelessness registered to vote.

Voter registration has been a big push by nonprofits this year in Seattle. The city council voted on June 19 to make it a requirement for landlords to provide new tenants with a form and registration information.

“I think it’s something that a lot of people have on their minds now,” Silvernail said, “and it seems like it’s happening a lot more with organizations and people because of what happened during the last election. For us, it just made sense.”

Be:Seattle began focusing on the city’s homelessness crisis in April 2016. Silvernail first created The Pledge, where businesses and property owners can indicate with a sticker on their building that they are welcoming to people experiencing homelessness.

In December Be:Seattle launched a Tenant Rights Bootcamp series in neighborhoods across the city.

Silvernail said he met with many service providers while working on The Pledge, and there were many conversations about the 11,000 people in King County’s experiencing homelessness and how to get them registered to vote.

“If those folks voted people into office that had their interest in mind, maybe we wouldn’t spend $50 million to sweep people from encampments and stuff like that,” Silvernail said.

The kickoff for the Interim Voting Access Locations (InterVAL) action is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Peloton Café, 1220 E. Jefferson St. It will also be a celebration for The Pledge. The online service map has been visited about 7,000 times since last year, Silvernail said. Socks and jeans donations are being accepted to benefit Community Lunch.

Nonprofits and organizations are being asked to work with the homeless populations they serve to get them registered, or they can make space for a self-service kiosk that will help people navigate the process.

Real Change is getting a kiosk, Silvernail said, and he’s working with YouthCare on a plan to serve its clients. Out of the Closet in Capitol Hill is participating in both InterVAL and The Pledge, Silvernail said.

The Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness has been helping people register to vote for a decade, Silvernail said, but more can be done.

“What this is, is more of a 365 easy way to do something,” Silvernail said of InterVAL. “If they don’t interact with coalition members or volunteers … maybe they end up by a kiosk and say, ‘This is easy, they already paid my postage. All I have to do is fill this out and put it in the mail.’”

Among the speakers at the InterVAL kickoff will be a client of the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University. Real Change’s Hanna Brooks Olsen will share her thoughts on InterVAL, and how it can help.

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