Inslee extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' through May 4
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his  "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"  emergency order Thursday evening. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.

Share Your Thoughts with Governor Inslee
In light of the recent news of an extension of Gov. Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation, we have crafted a letter template to help you share your thoughts.

Use this letter to get started and visit this site to submit your letter. You can upload the document with your edits or cut and paste it into the fields to submit.
Governor Inslee's Office: 360-902-4111
Tell Us Your Story
We understand circumstances are difficult for many of our members. In our efforts to advocate on your behalf, it is helpful for us to know and hear about first-hand accounts of the direct effect of the decisions at the state level.

If you have a story or circumstance you'd like to share, please click the link and help us understand the full effect of the "Stay-at-Home" Order on you, your business, your customers and/or your family. Our thoughts are with you and we will continue efforts on your behalf.
BRIGHT SPOTS
SBCC Delays Building Codes Changes Until November
Yesteday, Gov. Inslee announced the the State Building Code Council announced "a delay in implementation of the orders adopting amendments to the State Building Code from July 1, 2020, to November 1, 2020"

A delay will provide both builders and enforcement officials the time necessary to make-up the education necessary before the new regulations take effect.
Members Doing Good Deeds
Cheryl Nelson

$1,200 worth of gift cards was donated to the Lake Chelan Food Bank

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Thrive Industries

Nick Romero and others are printing 3D masks for healthcare workers

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Baxter Construct.

Complimentary deep cleaning for first responders.

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CWHBA IN THE NEWS
CWHBA Opinion: Halted Housing Construction

With an abrupt halt to residential construction in Washington state, one of our area's most foundational economic industries...

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CWHBA Letter to the Editor: Safety is Priority

To the editor - On Wednesday evening, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a clarification on construction during the stay-at-home order...

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Other Advocacy Efforts
CWHBA has been diligent in working to advocate on behalf of the nearly 600 member-companies, most of which are small businesses. The articles and links here highlight our recent efforts.
Working with Local Jurisdictions

Communicating with State Officials
BUSINESS RESOURCES
Join the Small Works Roster
If you're "business-as-usual" is currently on pause, it may be time to consider listing your business on the small works roster. This contracting directory connects businesses directly with 603 public agencies and our local officials who can contact you directly with contract opportunities (which are allowed under Gov. Inslee's order).

Register once with any or all participating agencies and grow your public sector business. You'll need your UBI number, so here's a link to look it up. 
CARES Act Stimulus Package and WA Unemployment Update for Businesses  
This 90-minute FREE webinar will cover information you need to know as an employer to make choices about your business and your employees. It will address components of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Relief Act), including grants, loans, tax credits, an overview of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and Washington state unemployment options. Juli Bacon, BIAW member and president of JB Consulting Systems, LLC, will be your presenter.
Paycheck Protection Program
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. 
Job Site Safety
There are many projects where tough new standards are being observed so that work is done safely and according to what Gov. Inslee is . If you job is established as "essential," be prepared to demostrate safety standards and justify your work, according to Inslee's order .
Are You Without Health Care?
Special Enrollment Period Extended Through May 10
Customer Support Center
Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1-855-923-4633
In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance .

The original special enrollment period, that ran from March 10, 2020 through April 8, 2020, will now continue through May 8, 2020 . Coverage will start May 1, 2020 for customers who enroll after April 8.
CONTACT INFO
During a Crisis, Turn to Those You Trust
Chelsea Snodgrass , Executive Officer

Jake Mayson , Government Affairs Director

Emily Jameson , Member Services Director, South Central

Cheryl Nelson , Member Services Director, North Central
We are shifting our sails and will begin to focus on ways to prevent further hardships for our members.  We want to see our members recover and thrive, as 2020 was looking to promise. (You can find current city and county permitting status by visiting our Response Page here.)
CWHBA Events on Hold Through April
In response to the public health threat of COVID-19, we have postponed any gathering or planned events cancelled through the month of April. We will continue communicating with those affected by these event cancellations and working to develop a plan, as we get better understanding of the long term affect. The upcoming events in May are tentative at this time and we will regularly keep you updated with decisions for cancellation or postponement. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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