Month: July 2017

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.