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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Seattle /King County receives record $28 million in federal homeless assistance grants

Award includes $3.6 million in new money for permanent supportive housing and increased homeless housing and services renewal funds

SEATTLE – A record $28 million in federal homeless assistance funds was awarded jointly to the City of Seattle and King County, including over $3.6 million to create new housing opportunities for over 200 people across the region, in addition to renewing critical funding for new and existing homeless housing and services countywide for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the award today, following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement of $1.8 billion awarded nationwide.

“Seattle is working to address our current crisis in homelessness and these resources will help fund our response as we move people from emergency shelters into housing,” said Mayor Ed Murray, co-chair of the Committee to End Homelessness Governing Board. “This also grant helps us leverage additional federal funds to invest in best practices to serve homeless individuals and families.”

“The recent One Night Count highlights the need not only to create more safe shelter and affordable housing, but to keep people from falling into homelessness and to rapidly re-house those who find themselves without a home,” said Executive Constantine. “Thanks to this extraordinary federal support, we can act quickly to move more individuals and families from homelessness to housing.”

The funding awards and new bonus funding come just days after nearly one thousand volunteers across King County counted 3,772 unsheltered people across the County. The annual One Night Count conducted on Jan. 23 found a 21 percent increase over the number counted last year.

New for this federal funding round was approximately $40 million nationally specifically to create housing for chronically homeless persons. In a very competitive process, Seattle-King County was successful in applying for a $3.6 million bonus award, the second largest in the country, to transition over 200 chronically homeless individuals to permanent supportive housing by providing long-term rental assistance and services. The project will focus on people who have histories of the longest shelter use and who are also disabled by one or more significant vulnerabilities. This project is a partnership of Plymouth Housing Group, Catholic Housing Services and DESC – all of whom excel in serving chronically homeless people.

“We are ecstatic to receive funding to house more chronically homeless individuals with permanent supportive housing, an evidence-based approach to ending homelessness,” said Mark Putnam, director of the Committee to End Homelessness. “Our nonprofit providers’ experience with this model is second to none in the country.”

The federal grant also provides support for a new Regional Rapid Re-Housing Project that will assist 50 homeless families countywide to transition from homelessness to permanent housing. The program will offer quick, light-touch services to help families achieve stability, including assistance in finding housing, help with move-in expenses and case management. The program will focus on families who are homeless, either in shelter or on the streets.

The balance of funding awarded to the Seattle/King County Continuum of Care supports 77 community-based projects for a total of 2,176 units of housing: 1,457 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless people with disabilities and 721 units of transitional housing. The total includes funding for two Safe Haven facilities that offer supportive housing for homeless adults with severe mental illness. Also renewed is funding for Continuum of Care planning and the Safe Harbors Homeless Management Information System, which collects data on services provided to homeless people in programs throughout King County.

For more information on the programs and projects funded by the McKinney Continuum of Care grant funds, please call Eileen Denham, City of Seattle McKinney Programs Coordinator, 206-684-0915 or Kate Speltz, King County Housing and Community Development Program, 206-263-9084.

The full list of organizations receiving funds the consolidated application is provided in the following list:


Seattle/King County Continuum of Care

Homeless Assistance Awards for 2015-2016

This information reflects the award for the 2014 Seattle-King County Consolidated application for McKinney funding.

Project Sponsor / Project Name Award ($) # Units** FundingTerm
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Dorothy Day House 25,422 17 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Noel at Bakhita 150,518 20 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Ozanam House 297,454 27 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Ozanam 2 27,395 29 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Patrick Place 136,392 30 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – Rose of Lima House 106,814 13 1 year
Archdiocesan Housing Authority – St.Martins on Westlake 197,739 53 1 year
Auburn Youth Resources – Severson House  (Auburn) 123,286 7 1 year
Catholic Community Services – Aloha Inn 201,576 66 1 year
Childcare Resources Homeless Child Care  (Regional) 479,095 Services 1 year
Compass Housing – Cascade Women’s 80,012 32 1 year
Compass Housing Homelessness Project 57,278 12 1 year
Compass Housing Nyer Urness House 479,324 57 1 year
Compass Housing – Rosa Parks / Mary Witt 26,284 10 1 year
Compass Housing Scattered Sites 116,397 22 1 year
Compass Housing- Transitions 81,370 12 1 year
Consejo – Mi Casa 74,613 4 1 year
Community Psychiatric Clinic – Cedar House 168,153 8 1 year
Community Psychiatric Clinic – El Rey 75,171 16 1 year
Community Psychiatric Clinic – Harbor House 348,156 20 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – 1811 Eastlake 607,261 50 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Aurora House 500,216 57 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Canaday House 345,401 83 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Cottage Grove Commons 622,324 66 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Evans House 197,823 26 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Kerner Scott 443,471 25 1 year


Project Sponsor / Project Name Award # Units** FundingTerm
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Lyon Building 402,635 40 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center – Rainier 498,492 50 1 year
Downtown Emergency Service Center Scattered Site Leasing Program 557,569 53 1 year
El Centro de la Raza – ECR Transitional Housing 17,603 2 1 year
Friends of Youth – New Ground (Bothell) 123,062 14 1 year
Hopelink Family Transitional Housing  (Redmond) 121,939 20 1 year
King County Rapid Re-Housing Program (Regional) 410,919 50 1 year
King County Shelter Plus Care  (Regional) 7,089,285 494 1 year
King County Scattered Sites Supportive Housing 3,652,915 50 1 year
Kent Youth and Family Services – Watson Manor  (Kent) 38,134 8 1 year
LifeWire – My Friend’s Place  (Bellevue) 251,744 10 1 year
Low Income Housing Institute – Columbia Court 36,141 13 1 year
Low Income Housing Institute – Martin Court 105,000 41 1 year
Multi Service Center Transitional Family Housing  (Kent) 26,724 3 1 year
New Beginnings – New Beginnings Transitional 326,054 17 1 year
Plymouth Housing Group – Coming Home 492,048 150 1 year
Plymouth Housing Group – Williams Apartments 498,714 61 1 year
Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Medical Case Management / Kids Plus  (Regional) 414,005 Services 1 year
PHSKC Medical Respite (Regional) 696,732 Services 1 year
Salvation Army – Hickman House 77,838 10 1 year
Salvation Army – William Booth Center 253,988 43 1 year
City of Seattle – Homeless Youth Coordination  (Regional) 738,688 Services 1 year
City of Seattle Regional Rapid Rehousing for Families 486,431 50 1 year
Seattle Housing Authority – The Beacon 9,896 6 1 year
Solid Ground – Broadview 158,620 20 1 year
Solid Ground – Journey Home Rapid Re Housing Program (Regional) 510,086 50 1 year
Solid Ground – PG Kenney Place 115,946 13 1 year
Solid Ground Sandpoint Families 294,978 30 1 year
Transitional Resources – Avalon Place 32,335 5 1 year
United Indians of All Tribes – United Indians Youth Home 343,565 25 1 year


Project Sponsor / Project Name Award # Units** FundingTerm
Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation – Valley Cities Landing (Kent) 150,986 24 1 year
Vietnam Veterans Leadership Project  – Bennett House 23,579 6 1 year
Vietnam Veterans Leadership Project  – Burien House  (Burien) 63,258 6 1 year
Workforce Development Council Homeless Intervention Program 927,121 Services 1 year
Youth and Outreach Services – Dove House 121,545 5 1 year
Youthcare – Home of Hope 181,306 10 1 year
Youthcare – Ravenna House 151,856 12 1 year
Youthcare – Sandpoint Youth 548,598 19 1 year
Youthcare – Straley House 105,602 12 1 year
YWCA – Anita Vista  (Renton) 57,319 14 1 year
YWCA Auburn Transitional   (Auburn) 42,540 8 1 year
YWCA – Family Village  (Redmond) 78,878 20 1 year
YWCA Multi- Agency Demonstration  (Federal Way) 85,614 10 1 year
YWCA – Opportunity Place 114,450 29 1 year
YWCA – Windermere 29,683 4 1 year
Safe Harbors(Homeless Management Information System –  HMIS) $403,714 HMIS 1 year
Continuum of Care Planning 250,000 Planning 1 year
Total 28, 087,080


** Units can be houses, apartments, rooms or beds



What is Safe Harbors?

Safe Harbors is King County’s web-based Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) used to measure the extent of homelessness in our community. Data collected is used to create statements of need to funders at the local, state and federal levels through a variety of reports created from the information collected by our partner programs.

Safe Harbors is administered by HSD, and is a joint project of the City, King County’s Department of Community and Human Services, and United Way of King County. In addition to the three sponsoring partners, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations require that an HMIS be governed by the locally-designated “Continuum of Care,” which in King County is the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH).

Safe Harbors provides information that will allow the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and the broader community to:

  • understand the workings of the existing homeless services system and the needs of homeless people;
  • coordinate systems and funding to efficiently deliver the long-term housing and supportive services that homeless individuals and families need to stabilize their lives, get healthy, find work, and live independently; and
  • measure our progress in ending homelessness.

For more information on Safe Harbors, please visit their website: http://www.safeharbors.org/default.htm

$200K to Mary’s Place for homeless families

Shelter and services for homeless families will begin in April at Mary’s Place. The Seattle Human Services Department announced on February 28, 2014 the award of $200,000 to Mary’s Place for a basic shelter for homeless families in Seattle.  Mary’s Place was awarded the funding, which came from a City Council addition to the department’s 2014 budget, in a competitive “Letter of Intent” funding process. Up to 30 homeless families a month will be referred to the shelter from Family Housing Connection. Families will have access to hygiene services and meals at the shelter; space for the shelter has been donated by PEMCO.  Services will start in April and continue through December 31, 2014.

YouthCare awarded $250K for employment training

The Seattle Human Services Department announced on March 24, 2014 the award of $250,000 to YouthCare for its Youth Build education and employment training services. YouthCare was awarded the funding in a competitive “Letter of Intent” funding process. Youth Build will provide education and employment training services to low-income black/African American, Latino, Native American and English learning youth, ages 17 – 24.  The youth will gain a GED or high school diploma while learning the construction trades and building or repairing low-income housing.  Services will be provided from April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.