… A Place to Share Landlord Information, News + Knowledge
RHAWA members now have a new way to connect with other landlords where they live and work. LINK meetings (formally Supper Club meetings) provide a place for members to build on their experience as a landlord, share information, news, and knowledge with others in their area. We hear from our members that they are looking for informal meetings close to home, where they can get to know other landlords dealing with similar local issues. Based on feedback from Supper Club regulars and new members, we created a meeting format that provides some answers around a specific topic, yet also allows for open dialog and socializing.
It was a fantastic experience – lots of discussion and energy. A great opportunity to meet other landlords and share information."
- LINK Meeting Attendee
- More Locations
In addition to the four current locations that have been hosting traditional "Supper Club" meetings, we will be using our new online forum to help members LINK up in more areas in Seattle and across the state. In conjunction with our new online discussion board launching soon, it will be easier for RHAWA staff and volunteers to provide support to a larger number of meetings across a broader geographic area. The in-person meetings can now become an extension of the local communities that form online.
- Pierce County
- Snohomish County
- East King County
- South King County
- North King County
- Interactive Format
The new meeting format, inspired by the popular "Table Topics" conversation starter game, includes a series of questions for discussion focused around a featured seminar offered that month. Each question begins with "What would you do…" This format allows for a fun table discussion where you consider what you might do when faced with interesting rental housing challenge. Usually there are several viable solutions to each problem presented, so it’s very helpful to get multiple perspectives. While each LINK group has one or two designated facilitators, who help keep the meeting moving along, members at each table group take turns leading the table discussions and reviewing the RHAWA best practices and tips provided for each scenario.
- Member Driven
These meetings are only successful when members are passionate about making them happen. You don’t need to be an expert with all the answers to help facilitate a meeting. Anytime a group of our members are together, there is automatically many years of experience in the room. The process for starting a LINK meeting involves having at least two members agree to act as facilitators. Volunteer LINK facilitators are provided information and training as part of a team led by Denise Myers, RHAWA’s Director of Learning. Facilitators work with staff to arrange space and time for meetings and print out discussion questions for the meeting. Most importantly, the facilitators are co-hosts… making sure everyone feels welcome and gets the information they need.