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.

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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.