The Seattle Human Services Department has released the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Investment Plan. The plan is based on the significant work of the HIV Housing Leadership Collaborative, which convened in Spring 2012 to find ways to expand the inventory of housing available to low-income people with HIV/AIDS, streamline the process for accessing and retaining housing, and increase the leverage and impact of HOPWA funds.
The plan provides a road map for 2013 through 2016 with a shift in investment priorities, principles, and outcomes while meeting the federal HOPWA goals of homelessness prevention and housing access and stability. The plan will inform two Request for Investment processes to implement the new priorities.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback on the plan by February 21, 2013. For more information, please contact Kim von Henkle, Seattle Human Services Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-1573.
The Seattle Human Services Department has announced funding awards for the Communities Supporting Safe & Stable Housing (CSSSH) program, a total of $14.3 million for 2013.
In addition to many agencies funded previously, these awards will support populations of homeless people who have been underserved, including seniors, youth, immigrants and refugees, and Native Americans. At total of 25 community agencies and 64 programs were funded through two procurement processes:
- A Request for Investments (RFI) process, open to agencies providing day center and placement as well as stabilization and support services for people who are homeless; and
- A Letter of Intent (LOI) process for agencies that provide shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing services; LOI applicants were rated only on their responses to questions related to the investment principles (see below).
Among the organizations (and the people they serve) that were given contracts for the first time for homeless services:
- Pike Market Senior Center serving senior citizens
- Neighborhood House serving immigrants and refugees
- Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets serving homeless youth
- Seattle Indian Center serving Native Americans
In 2012, HSD released the CSSSH Investment Plan to improve the City’s ability to prevent and end homelessness, while maintaining its commitment to providing safe and available shelters and essential services for people who need them. The plan created a set of investment principles which set clear expectations and standards for all providers seeking HSD funds:
- Provide culturally relevant and linguistically competent services
- Maintain high-quality standards for facilities and program operations
- Commit to neighborhood health and safety standards
- Coordinate and integrate services with community networks and mainstream service systems
- Collect and submit high quality data using the Safe Harbors Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
The Seattle Housing Authority is opening a new waiting list this spring for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) using a lottery system with registration available online only. The head of household must be 18 years or older (or an emancipated minor) at the time they receive a voucher, but there is no age requirement for lottery registration. The registration period is now open and will run through February 22. For more information, please see this Web site or call 206-239-1674.
The City of Seattle Human Services Department stands ready to partner with the community to explore how we can all work together to best serve people in need of food or shelter.
The Human Services Department met yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2013) with Bread of Life Mission to discuss the issue of feeding homeless people in city parks. Also in attendance were the Pioneer Square Alliance and OPERATION: Sack Lunch (which runs the Outdoor Meal Program, located at 6th and Cherry Street, under I-5), and Seattle Parks and Recreation.
We had a cordial and productive discussion and agreed to the following strategies:
- The four agencies will work on a long-term strategy to coordinate feeding programs for homeless people, but in the interim, the Bread of Life Mission can resume its “Drive-by Feeding Services” for the homeless on the third Saturday of the month at City Hall Park.
- The Seattle Human Services Department will explore options with agencies that serve homeless people to see if there’s an interest in partnering with community agencies to have their residents participate in meal services at their facilities.
- As a long-term strategy, the agencies agreed to develop a coordinated system for faith-based organizations and other community groups to serve meals to homeless people – both in Seattle and in surrounding communities.
In 2012, the Seattle Human Services Department invested more than $3 million in the emergency food network for the city’s most vulnerable population, including nine meal programs ($428,000), 17 food banks ($984,000) and home delivery of food ($721,000).
An exhibition exploring homelessness and the meaning of home among Asian Pacific Americans, on display at the Wing Luke Museum, December 7, 2012 – August 18, 2013. Opening Reception is on Thursday, December 6th 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. & 6–8 p.m. Special Preview for Museum Members and invited guests: 3:30-4:30pm & 6-7pm. FREE admission, light refreshments nd a musical performance by Give It To Me Rusty.
Open to the public: 7-8 pm. FREE admission, no RSVP required. To RSVP to preview, contact email@example.com or 206-623-5124 x107.
Mary’s Place (for homeless women & families) and FareStart are featured in this Seattle Channel “CityStream” video.
Funding decisions for the Human Services Department’s Communities Supporting Safe and Stable Housing Request for Investment and Letter of Intent will be announced in late December. For more information see this Web page and scroll down to “Announcements.”
Here is a list of local agencies serving Thanksgiving meals for low-income and homeless individuals this week.
Through an expedited competitive Request for Proposal Process (RFP), the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), and King County Metro are making available $312,500 in additional King County Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Tickets for 2012. Available funding will be split between the City of Seattle HSD and King County DCHS. Agencies will be responsible for 20% of the cost, with Metro subsidizing the remaining 80%.
Who Can Apply: This application process is open to any agency located in the City of Seattle serving primarily homeless and low-income City of Seattle residents. You do notneed to be currently participating in the Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program to apply.
To apply to the City of Seattle program, download the Application for Reduced Fare Bus Tickets and see Guidelines for Reduced Fare Bus Tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Zimmerman at Lindsey.Zimmerman@seattle.gov
If you are an agency located in King County, outside the City of Seattle, you can access the King County application at this Web site. For more information about the County process, contact Anna Strahan at Anna.Strahan@Kingcounty.gov
Due Dates: Applications will be due by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 2nd, 2012. Any ticket funds awarded through this process must be purchased by December 21st, 2012.
Please note: These funds are in addition to the funds available for the 2013 Metro Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Application. Agencies interested in applying for the 2013 Metro Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program must complete a separate application; this application will be posted the first week in November 2012.