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  • Addressing Homelessness

    Addressing homelessness

    Addressing homelessness is important because it is a bellwether for our society. It tells us if our education system is working, our criminal justice system is working, our physical and mental health systems are working, and whether we are providing our community members the support and opportunities they need.

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University
    Member of CEH Governing Board

    The Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) is a broad coalition of government, business, faith communities, nonprofits, and homeless advocates working together to implement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County.

  • CEH Annual Report

    2013 CEH Annual Report

    The Committee to End Homelessness’ 2013 Annual Report establishes our community-driven vision to make the experience of homelessness in King County a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence. The report highlights our strategic approach for each of these outcomes and the collective action taking place across the county to reach our goal. Download the report here.

  • One Home Campaign

    One Home Campaign

    At any given time, roughly 1,000 people in King County have what they need to put homelessness firmly behind them — a rental housing voucher — but they can’t find a place to use it in King County’s competitive rental market. These 1,000 renters need housing, and we have incentives, protections and services that are available to landlords today, at no cost.

    Learn about these incentives through the One Home campaign, a partnership between government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and property owners.

  • 2015 Legislative Priorities

    2015 Legislative Priorities

    With the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session fast approaching, CEH has identified several pieces of legislation that can help make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time in King County. Click here for a full list of CEH endorsed legislative priorities.

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2014-2015 Winter and Severe Weather Shelters List

2-1-1 Crisis Clinic created a printable list of all the winter shelters and severe weather shelters in King County for the 2014-2015 winter season. The list will be continually updated throughout the season. Be sure to return to this page periodically for updates, especially if you’re going to print it out (and please destroy all old printed versions). The current list is here:

One Home Campaign

At any given time, roughly 1,000 people in King County have what they need to put homelessness firmly behind them — a rental housing voucher — but they can’t find a place to use it in King County’s competitive rental market. These 1,000 renters need housing, and we have incentives, protections and services that are available to landlords today, at no cost.

Learn about these incentives through the One Home campaign, a partnership between government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and property owners.

Coordinated Entry and Assessment Community Forum

In 2012, King County launched Family Housing Connection (FHC), a coordinated entry assessment and referral process for families experiencing homelessness in King County. Over the past two and a half years, learnings from local experience and changes in expectations at the Federal and State level have influenced a number of policy and practice shifts. Consulting firm Focus Strategies has been engaged by the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) to assess the progress to date and recommend refinements to the system as needed.

At the community meeting on November 6th, Katharine Gale of Focus Strategies reviewed the findings from the first phase of the project, presented information on other system models, and facilitated small group conversation with stakeholders to address key changes. You can find her PowerPoint presentation here.

2015 CEH Legislative Priorities

With the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session fast approaching, CEH has identified several pieces of legislation that can help make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time in King County. Read descriptions of the three priorities led by CEH at the upcoming session below and click here for a full list of CEH endorsed legislative priorities:

Continue to Fund the Washington State Housing Trust Fund

Support funding for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which is funded within the State Capital Budget, at the highest possible level. The availability of low income and homeless housing, as funded through the HTF, is fundamental to ending homelessness. Provide flexibility for meeting a wide variety of local needs and for leveraging other resources.

Improve HMIS Data Collection

Preserve the $39 million Washington State currently receives in federal McKinney funding for homeless housing, by improving our statewide compliance with federal HMIS standards. Washington, and particularly King County, fall far below the 95%+ HMIS compliance rate of most states and this has already resulted in a loss of federal McKinney funds. Changes to Washington's HMIS informed consent privacy statute amending RCW 43.185C.180, to Opt Out from Opt In, could help improve statewide compliance. (CEH is in discussions with Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence and State Department of Commerce to develop a solution that protects confidentiality and improves consent rates. In addition, CEH will work with Consumer Advisory Council to address concerns and solutions raised by consumers.)

Preserve and Strengthen the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) Program

Preserve, improve and sustain HEN assistance. Hold harmless HEN assistance (funded at $59 million in previous budgets), the Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) cash grant program, and SSI Facilitation Services. Improve the program by removing the current restriction on chemical dependency as primary disability; increasing ABD cash grant and/or; allowing ABD recipients to retain their HEN benefit for an extended period of time. (As we enter the 2015 session, Commerce has proposed deep cuts to HEN to respond to State requirements to cut 15% of overall budgets.)

CEH further supports the following legislative priorities which will be led by our partner organizations. For a full description of each partner led priority, please click here.

Partner led Legislative Priorities:

  • Make Housing Bonds Effective Now
  • Fund the Washington Youth and Families Fund
  • Fund Expansion of Extended Foster Care to Last Cohort (Foster Care to 21)
  • Pass the Homeless Youth Act and Establish the Office of Homeless Youth Programs
  • Create a Medicaid Benefit for Tenant Support Services in Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Fair Tenant Screening Act
  • Support Access to Critical Services – Fund 211 Services
  • Certificate of Restoration
  • Source of Income Restrictions
  • Prohibit Discharge into Homelessness among Mainstream Systems
  • Restore TANF Cuts
  • Support Student’s Housing Stability

Single Adult Taskforce Brief on Interim Survival Mechanisms

CEH’s Single Adult Taskforce created a brief on Interim Survival Mechanisms in King County, such as tent encampments and car camping. Read their analysis and policy recommendations here.

2014 King County Combined Funders Notice of Funding Availability

Six public and private funders of homeless housing in King County are pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing for Families, Individuals and Young Adults. The funders are aligned to common priorities that were adopted through the Committee to End Homeless in King County.

Read the full notice here.

2013 Annual Report: Making Homelessness Rare, Brief, and One-Time

The Committee to End Homelessness’ 2013 Annual Report establishes our community-driven vision to make the experience of homelessness in King County a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence. The report highlights our strategic approach for each of these outcomes and the collective action taking place across the county to reach our goal.

Download: 2013 annual report (PDF)

See past reports here.

CEH Charter Affirmed

On June 27, over 150 community members approved CEH’s charter which lays out the structure and responsibilities of CEH. Read the approved charter here.

Read November’s newsletter here

Read November’s calendar here

In the news

Read CEH’s Youth and Young Adult plan summary here

New Federal Funding: Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $22.7 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2014-2015, making it possible to continue a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The award supports 70 community-based projects for a total of 2,024 units of housing: 727 units of transitional housing and 1,297 units of permanent housing for homeless people with disabilities. Read more...

One Night Count: 3,117 people in King County had no shelter. Read more...

Mark Putnam named new director of Committee to End Homelessness: Local housing leader will guide regional efforts to end homelessness. Read more...

Count Us In 2014: Youth and Young Adult Count

Count Us In is King County’s annual effort to count youth and young adults (YYA) aged 12-25 who are unstably housed or homeless. In January 2014, King County held its fourth annual Count Us In and identified 777 youth and young adults in King County who were homeless or unstably housed on the night of January 22, 2014. For a breakdown of the 2014 Count Us In findings, read the full report here and a one page summary here.

2013 Progress Report—Homeless Housing and Services Fund

Since 2005, the Washington State Legislature authorized a series of document recording fee surcharges to be used to implement state and local plans to end homelessness. In King County, the surcharge revenue is called the Homeless Housing and Services Fund (HHSF). The HHSF is administered by the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) under policies adopted by the Metropolitan King County Council; and guidelines and priorities established by the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH).

Annually, HHSF funded projects serve approximately 2,454 households (4,232 individuals.) The HHSF also provides funding for the King County Landlord Liaison Project (LLP), a critical resource for homeless housing programs throughout King County. The LLP reaches out to and works closely with private landlords to reduce screening and other barriers for homeless clients, who would otherwise be unable to access such housing. Since becoming operational in 2009, the LLP housed a total of 1,206 households or 2,231 individuals, including those defined as being chronically homeless.

2013 Progress Report on the HHSF Funds

King County Programs Highlighted by United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Many communities use data from public service systems like jails, homeless services, hospitals, and Medicaid to identify the subset of people experiencing homelessness who are high utilizers of emergency public services. The premise behind these approaches is that priority for housing should be given to individuals who are caught in a revolving door of crisis and who also drive up public costs as a result. While some communities use a simple cross-match of data between HMIS and health care or corrections data, other communities use more sophisticated predictive algorithms that help to select individuals who are expected to continue their pattern of high utilization. Examples of these approaches include: King County (WA)'s Client Care Coordination High Utilizer Database Project, the Economic Roundtable's 10th Decile Triage Tool, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing's Frequent User Systems Engagement project.

Training Opportunities:

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King County Combined Funders Notice of Funding Availability

Read the 2014 Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing for Families, Individuals and Young Adults here.

Please subscribe to our newsletter for information on upcoming RFP opportunities.

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  Updated: Nov 18, 2014