Month: October 2015

Veteran Homelessness

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) recently featured a blog post about Operation: WelcomeOneHome, a community-wide collaboration of landlords, Veterans, elected officials, and neighbors working to effectively end Veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015 as part of both a national and countywide campaign. Please let us know if you have interest in participating in this initiative by contacting Dawn Barrett at dawn.barrett@kingcounty.gov.

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As of September 2015, 717 Veterans have been housed at a pace of about 80 per month. Despite our progress, there are hundreds more Veterans in our community that need assistance, many of whom have the resources to move into permanent housing but struggle to secure a home in our highly competitive rental market.

Help Wanted

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Our partners at the Housing Development Consortium are hiring a South King County Housing Planner to manage the efforts of the South King Housing & Homelessness Partnership (SKHHP). More information here.

 

The Seattle-King County Continuum of Care: 2015 Request for Letters of Interest 

On September 17, HUD released the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2015 McKinney Continuum of Care Application.  The 2015 NOFA announced the availability of $1.86 billion nationally in FY 2015 and states a continuation to prioritize permanent housing, as well as low barrier housing, performance, and strategic use of resources.

All Home, as the Seattle King County Continuum of Care, is eligible for approximately $4.6 million in bonus funding. Included in the NOFA is an opportunity to apply for bonus funds to implement new or expanded programming.  Eligible projects for the bonus funds include Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless households, for operating and services, and Rapid Re-Housing for any/all populations prioritizing young adults ages 18-24.

The purpose of this Request for Letters of Interest (LOI) is to identify projects that meet HUD priorities and standards for this bonus funding.  All LOIs are due by 4PM on Friday, October 16.

Please see the full LOI here for complete information about this opportunity.

A New Name, A New Plan, Same Goal!

Ten years ago a broad coalition of stakeholders came together to tackle the problem of homelessness in King County. Over that time the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) made great strides: nearly 40,000 people exited homelessness and moved into stable housing, with 85 percent of those remaining housed for at least two years. CEH and its partners created 6,300 homes for the homeless; Seattle/King County now ranks third in the country for amount of housing units dedicated for the homeless.

Still, on any given day, more than 10,000 people in King County continue to experience homelessness. Broader regional issues of affordability, growing economic inequality, a diminishing state and federal safety net, and long-term unemployment only exacerbate the problem. That is why our coalition, drawing on the insights of the last decade, and armed with a new four-year framework to recommit our community to solving the challenge of homelessness, is re-launching its efforts to achieving an ambitious but attainable goal: making the experience of homelessness in King County rare, brief and one-time.

Our new name is All Home. It is a name intended to evoke perhaps the most important lesson we’ve learned over ten years of work: that it takes a community-wide effort – all of us acting together and doing our part – to tackle the problem of homelessness. And further, our name exemplifies our absolute commitment to the proposition that homelessness is solvable, and that if we unify behind the proven strategies outlined in All Home’s four-year strategic plan, all people can have a home.

Read the Press Release

HUD Continuum of Care NOFA Released

On September 17, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care. Applications are due to HUD November 18th. This is a crucially important resource in our community’s efforts to address homelessness.  HUD is emphasizing that communities should priorities strategic utilization of resources; alignment with federal goals for ending chronic, family, youth, and veteran homelessness; and using a housing first approach, including reducing barriers to housing programs and utilizing coordinated entry. Stay tuned for more information, and discussion at the October 7 Coordinating Board meeting.