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Funding Opportunity for Shelter and Day Centers

Homelessness in King County is in a state of emergency. In 2015 alone, nearly 10,000 people are experiencing homelessness on any given day in King County. This is an increase from about 8,000 people in 2005. Nearly 40 percent of these homeless persons are unsheltered. During the winter months those without homes are challenged even further to survive.

In response to this homeless state of emergency, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is making available approximately $325,000, depending on available resources, in one-time funding to further efforts to meet basic shelter needs in King County, outside the City of Seattle. Specifically, DCHS is adding funding for new nighttime shelter beds, expanding existing nighttime shelter beds or increasing the number of nights a shelter is open. Additionally, King County is seeking homeless day center services in South King County.

Funds may be used for operating support and supportive services tailored to increasing access to resources leading to housing stability. This investment is intended to further strengthen alignment with broader county-wide efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time and DCHS’s mission to ensure that all people are stably housed.

Projects that employ reduced screening criteria and housing first principles will be prioritized. In addition, areas and populations that lack equitable access to services will be prioritized through this RFP.

To be eligible for a contract from this solicitation, applicants must meet the following requirements. Eligible applicants for these funds include:

• Programs serving youth, young adults, single adults, or families experiencing homelessness.
• Existing agencies initially awarded funds through the 2015 United Way of King County and City of Seattle 2015 Shelter Expansion RFP.
• New emergency overnight shelters located in King County outside Seattle that will expand existing shelter beds and /or nights a shelter is open;
• New day shelters serving homeless people in South King County;
• Located in King County, outside the City of Seattle; and
• Strong consideration will be given to programs that provide the greatest inclusivity and accommodations to households served, such as co-ed facilities and programs that allow pets beyond service animals.

The RFP is available here.

Please contact Victoria Nakamichi (vicki.nakamichi@kingcounty.gov) with any questions.