Homelessness is inextricably linked to racism. In fact, homelessness can be seen as a symptom of structural racism. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty argues that “homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in the United States of America have a disparate racial impact, in violation of the United States’ obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.” In King County, nearly two thirds of people experiencing homelessness are people and families of color. African Americans are five times more likely to experience homelessness than their white counterparts in King County and Native American and Alaska Native individuals are seven times more likely to experience homelessness.
Our strategic plan to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County also seeks to eliminate racial disparities. We know that addressing homelessness includes having difficult conversations about race. Truly ending homelessness will require bold action, from all of us, to create meaningful change in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. All Home is committed to racial justice and in an effort to create a culture in which we can talk frankly about race, each week we will highlight articles, data, and stories that further the conversation on the intersection between race and homelessness. We invite you, our partners, to join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or by emailing us directly.
The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is seeking qualified agencies to submit proposals to implement prevention services for youth and families at risk of homelessness. Best Starts for Kids is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities, and recognizes the disproportionate representation of people of color who enter homelessness. Details regarding this funding opportunity are available here. The application will close on September 20, 2016.
Application Technical Assistance Support
King County has awarded the Non-Profit Assistance Center with a contract to provide Technical Assistance to agencies as they complete the Application. Technical support will include:
- Support to small agencies in evaluating whether they should apply for funding
- Individualized and regional support to agencies to draft RFP responses
2016 Application Bidder’s Workshops
|Monday, August 15th, 2016
||CCS, 100 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
|Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
||Multi-Service Center, 1200 S. 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003
|Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
||YWCA, 1010 S. 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98057
|Thursday, August 18th, 2016
||First Congregational Church in Bellevue, 11061 NE 2nd St, Bellevue, WA 98004
|Friday, August 19th, 2016
||North Seattle Opportunity Center, 9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103