HSD announces $620,000 in homeless assistance funding

Seattle Human Services Department announces $620,000 in homeless assistance funding

Seattle, WA –City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) announced $620,000 of funding available to nonprofit agencies to provide Rapid Rehousing services for non-chronically homeless single adults to ensure that these instances of homelessness are rare, brief and occur only one time.

Eligible activities include short-term rental subsidy, housing navigation and placement, and employment navigation. Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations that serve city of Seattle residents and meet the following criteria:

  • Experience implementing a Rapid Rehousing, Housing First, or short-term rental assistance housing navigation and placement program for homeless populations and;
  • Experience implementing an Employment Navigation program (defined in Section VI Program Requirements) for homeless populations, or submit an application that demonstrates a partnership with an agency that has experience and;
  • Experience serving single, homeless adults without accompanied children and be able to demonstrate a level of competency in serving the following focus populations:
    • Individuals who have served in the US Armed Forces (male and female)
    • African American, Black, and Latino populations and;
  • Ability to participate in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

Agencies serving homeless domestic violence survivors, sexual assault and/or commercial sexual exploitation survivors are encouraged to apply for this funding. These agencies do not have to show experience serving the male Veterans, but should be able to show a proficiency in serving female Veterans, those who have served in the US Armed Forces, and African American, Black, and Latino populations, and must detail how they will comply with data and reporting requirements.

Approximately $620,000 is available through this Request for Proposal (RFP) from HSD General Fund and the Seattle Housing Authority, with initial awards funded for the period of June 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 p.m.

HSD continues its effort to institute performance-based investments and uses data to steer the department’s resources to nonprofits who demonstrate their ability to serve the community’s most in need.   HSD seeks to ensure the City’s finite resources are being directed to programs that can best leverage the investments for maximum impact on reducing disparities.

The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $99 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year. The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.


For more information about HSD Funding Opportunities and application materials, visit HSD’s Funding Opportunities webpage.



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