Our community is committed to expanding housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness. Rapid access to permanent housing is the foundation to which recovery and stability can begin. In two recently released reports by Focus Strategies and Barbara Poppe and associates, diversion and rapid re-housing are identified as primary solutions to ending the crisis of homelessness our community currently faces. As the reports have emphasized, expanding rapid re-housing for all people experiencing homelessness requires resources in the form of rental assistance, supportive services and housing location. Particularly in the housing climate our region faces today, the search for affordable and creative housing solutions is particularly challenging. In addition to our region’s efforts to expand access to and build more affordable housing, we need strategies that will identify and expand affordable solutions for people experiencing homelessness now. We can’t wait to build new properties. We need action now!
In that vein, we are excited to announce two resources specifically to build local capacity in housing location and landlord engagement strategies, supporting our rapid re-housing efforts and expanding housing solutions for all people experiencing homelessness:
King County Landlord Liaison Project
King County Department of Community and Human Services has announced an RFP with approximately $465,000 of joint funds from King County, the City of Seattle and United Way of King County for landlord engagement strategies. The RFP builds on lessons learned by the YWCA Landlord Liaison Project and promising landlord engagement strategies from other communities. Details of this RFP can be found on King County’s procurement website.
Building Changes Washington Youth and Families Fund System Innovation Grant
Building Changes is committing an additional $400,000 to landlord liaison and housing locator activities in coordination with All Home, King County, the City of Seattle, and United Way of King County.
These resources come at a critical time. Local providers are expending tremendous effort to assist people experiencing homelessness find and keep housing options that are safe and affordable. And the numbers show this. In 2015, 1008 households were housed through RRH. We are making it work despite the housing crisis our community faces. That said, in order to expand housing solutions to even more people and to do so quickly in order to assist the people sleeping outside today, we need to expand our community’s efforts to build partnerships with landlords and other housing partners. These resources do that.
For questions, please reach out to Triina Van.