Diversion is a Housing First, person-centered, strengths-based approach to help individuals identify the choices and solutions to end their experience of homelessness with limited interaction with the crisis response system. Diversion is offered to households accessing the King County crisis response system who are experiencing literal homelessness or fleeing domestic violence without a safe housing option. Diversion is an approach that assists households in quickly securing temporary or permanent solutions to homelessness outside of the crisis response system by supporting creative and cost-effective solutions to meet individual needs. It is a short-term intervention that supports households in identifying immediate, safe housing arrangements, often utilizing conflict resolution and mediation skills to reconnect people to their support systems. Diversion offers flexible, light-touch services that may be coupled with minimal financial assistance that results in a temporary or permanent housing arrangement outside of the crisis response system.

Diversion, which aligns with Seattle/King County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) values, has been shown to be an effective and efficient approach nationally for resolving homelessness of some households and advances racial equity commitments made by the system. This unique approach engages households early in their housing crisis. A staff member trained in the techniques of Diversion initiates an exploratory conversation to brainstorm practical solutions for households to resolve their homelessness quickly and safely. Staff helps households see beyond their current crisis by encouraging them to generate creative ideas and identify realistic options for safe housing that are based on their own available resources rather than those of the homeless response system. The goal is for households to become housed right away, ideally within 30 days.

While the term “diversion” is specific to the point at which the intervention occurs, the skills and approach can be used throughout the entirety of the homeless response system.

For more information on diversion, refer to the Seattle – King County Integrating Principles of Diversion in our Homeless Response System {Updates pending}

Diversion Training(s) facilitated by King County’s Diversion Coaches:

November 8 and 9, 2018 in Shoreline (North King County) [SOLD OUT]

Request For Qualifications: Closed

All Home and Building Changes request qualifications from non-profits, foundations, and service-providers to administer a flexible financial assistance fund to providers engaging in Diversion conversations with families experiencing homelessness.

• October 1, 2018: RFQ re-issued
• October 15, 2018: Qualifications due by 4pm via e-mail to zachary.dewolf@allhomekc.org
• October 25, 2018: Selection(s) made, and all applicants notified
• December 1, 2018: Contract begins

Answers to RFQ Questions (see below):

Last updated 10/15/2018 at 11:30am