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King County Request for Information: Modular Shelter Facility

King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is seeking information that will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) for the project development and ongoing services and operating costs for a modular shelter facility, composed of factory-constructed structures for residential use.

This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to solicit information regarding the timeline, cost and feasibility to construct and operate a modular shelter facility expected to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The facility should meet the immediate shelter and enhanced service needs of 50 to 100 adults including their pets and belongings. This includes hygiene (laundry, shower and restrooms), storage facilities, and communal dining space for the residents. The facility should include individual units, accommodations for couples, and congregate areas.

All Home Capacity Building

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

For Technical Assistance Providers, Consulting Firms and Consultants: Please find an announcement for a Letter of Interest process hosted by All Home. We are soliciting and developing a pool of TA providers from which local nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness can select.

Providers must register as a KC vendor prior to submitting an LOI. Please visit the KC Procurement web site to register as a vendor: http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/finance-business-operations/procurement/for-business/register.aspx.

All Home is actively seeking women, LGBTQ and minority-led businesses and consultants, and strongly encourages women, LGBTQ and minority-led businesses to apply
For Nonprofits Serving People Experiencing Homelessness (in King County): More information will be made available in the coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more about what resources may be available, please contact Triina Van. You can also complete our online survey that includes questions about training needs and technical assistance resources.

TRAINING

Please visit our new Training and Technical Assistance webpage to find out more information and register for upcoming learning opportunities. We also have a survey available to help us develop and refine our future curriculum. We appreciate your input!

Spotlight: Introduction to Trauma Informed Care (offered quarterly)
First Session offered: Thursday, July 27th | Register Here! (deadline: 7/20)
Developing an awareness of the impacts of trauma on people experiencing homelessness and how service provision can foster resiliency.

System Transformation: Housing-Focused Emergency Shelter

All Home and our partners are engaged in an ongoing system transformation process, shifting to a person-centered, housing-focused, low barrier, and data-driven homeless crisis response system, to reach our collective goals of reducing racial disparities and making homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County. Centering results for the most vulnerable members of our community helps us determine what is working and what gaps still need to be addressed. And, one question we must consistently ask “Is shelter being used effectively both to provide immediate safety AND to create quick paths to permanent housing?”

 
Catholic Community Services’ St. Martin de Porres Shelter has been providing critical emergency services to elderly men experiencing homelessness for over 30 years. St. Martin de Porres has increased their diverse case management team and instituted weekly case manager meetings for peer-learning opportunities. Many men experiencing homelessness in their shelter face high barriers to housing and have spent decades living unsheltered, sparking staff’s focus on developing meaningful relationships with clients. One such client who found housing last year had been sleeping at the shelter since 2004.

 
Though not intended for long-term dwelling, St. Martin de Porres’ 212 mats on the floor are full every night, consistent with the high demand for shelter across King County. In 2016, 123 shelter stayers were housed and so far in 2017, St. Martin de Porres has already housed 80 men, on track for at least 160 by year-end. More people moving out of shelter is significant, in the space created for others to find pathways to housing through emergency shelter, and most importantly in the lives of those served.
Gary was housed in March of 2017 with help from a case manager at St. Martin de Porres. “Housing has made me more comfortable,” said Gary. “I am more able to enjoy life and I can sleep at night.

 
To strengthen our models of emergency shelter, we must also embrace innovation and change. The City of Seattle, in partnership with DESC will open the Navigation Center later this month. This 24-hour low-barrier shelter is designed to accommodate the unique needs of individuals living unsheltered with intensive, individualized case management services fiercely focused on permanent housing and similar models have shown promising results.

 
Involvement of the entire community in solutions to homelessness is also critical to impactful change. As Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness shared, “In expensive housing markets, the lack of units and access to affordable housing contribute to the long timeframes that people remain unhoused… Neighborhoods cannot continue to hold contentious meetings about homelessness in their streets and parks without then stepping up to see what they can do to create solutions — be it via their faith communities, as private landlords renting to people exiting homelessness, as vocal supporters of new housing developments, as volunteers in effective Housing First programs, or through many other ways they can help.”

 
Do you have a system transformation story you would like to be featured in a future All Home newsletter? We want to hear from you.

Rest in Peace Charleena Lyles

Our thoughts are with Charleena Lyles children, her family, and her friends. They are also with Solid Ground, All Home Coordinating Board co-chair Gordon McHenry Jr., and his strong and resilient and compassionate team. 

“Our first priority now is to support the family and our community to survive this trauma and move toward healing. We have brought in grief counselors and will meet with the family and community moving forward to respond to their needs. Our next priority is to channel our pain into advocacy, to raise our voices and amplify others who demand police accountability, who will not let Charleena’s death be in vain.”

Sand Point shooting highlights systems failures and need for reforms

Join us at the Affordable Housing Week 2017 Kick-off!

Affordable Housing Week is May 15 – 22!

Join us at the Kick-off event, Monday, May 15th at noon as we rally to kick off Affordable Housing Week 2017 and show our support for affordable #Homes4AllKC!

As part of Affordable Housing Week 2017, the Housing Development Consortium and partners are hosting nearly 20 community events across the County to showcase programs, policies, buildings, and/or best practices helping to create healthier, and more equitable affordable housing choices in the region. Visit the AHW Events Calendar for a full listing of opportunities to engage.

TAKE ACTION during Affordable Housing Week:

  • Visit the AHW Action Page, and click on your city (where you live or where you work, or both!)
  • Be in the know: sign up for updatesabout future advocacy opportunities
  • Spread the word on social media, using the hashtag #Homes4ALLKC

King, Pierce, and Spokane Counties Launch 100-Day Challenges to Tackle Youth Homelessness

A Way Home Washington (AWHWA) today announced that communities in King, Pierce, and Spokane counties are launching 100-Day Challenges to accelerate efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in their communities. Each region will receive support from the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to drive toward ambitious community-identified goals over 100 days, starting April 20.

“Communities in our state are accepting the 100-Day Challenges because they want to take action now to connect youth and young adults with safe, stable housing,” said Jim Theofelis, executive director of A Way Home Washington. “Leaders from the government, philanthropic, and service provider communities are coming together to rethink how we can support young people and families, because we know preventing and ending youth homelessness is possible if we work together.”

Schultz Family Foundation and the Raikes Foundation, two philanthropic leaders with a deep commitment to addressing youth homelessness, are providing financial support for the Challenges. Rapid Results Institute will provide coaching and support to all three regions, and will be facilitating key workshops at the beginning and end of the 100-Day Challenges. RRI’s past challenges around veteran and youth homelessness have shown that the limited timeframe of 100 days provides the urgency needed to identify, innovate, and fuel effective approaches for communities.

In Washington state, more than 13,000 people between the ages of 12 and 24 lack a safe, stable place to call home. Youth homelessness affects every county in Washington state. To address this problem and better support youth, participants from communities in King, Pierce, and Spokane counties have each identified their own challenges to pursue over the course of the 100 days.

Communities in the King County region will focus on accelerating housing placements for young people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, and reducing the number of unsheltered young people in their community.

“Ensuring that every youth and young adult in our region has the opportunity to achieve their full potential starts with making sure they have a safe, warm place to call home each night,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “This partnership will build on the progress we’ve made to help more youth get into permanent housing, and work to prevent them from ever experiencing homelessness in the first place.”

About the 100-Day Challenges

The 100-Day Challenges are part of a growing national movement to prevent and end youth homelessness in America. In Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, similar challenges organized by A Way Home America and RRI helped house 413 young people in just 100 days—exceeding their original Challenge. Beyond the three areas participating in the Challenges, Washington state has seen unprecedented statewide momentum over the last year to address youth homelessness. A Way Home Washington is committed to the goal of building a movement to prevent and end youth homelessness.

In the last six months, A Way Home Washington commissioned a statewide scan to better understand the scope of youth homelessness, organized a statewide listening tour with First Lady Trudi Inslee to get input from community partners, and partnered with the newly created Office of Homeless Youth to issue a report that outlines state and community solutions to address youth and young adult homelessness. Over the course of the next 100 days, A Way Home Washington and partners will be sharing profiles on social media channels to highlight those affected by and working to prevent and end youth homelessness. Follow along with the #WAChallengeAccepted hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the A Way Home Washington website.