Human Services Department staff members Tom Trolio and Andrea Yip were interviewed by KIRO radio reporter Rachel Belle on the topic of affordable housing for seniors. Tom laid out the senior housing landscape for both private and public funding. Andrea added information about demographics and the importance of Universal Design. Visit this Web page to hear the interview and read the transcript.
The City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking investment proposals from qualified organizations for programs designed to prevent homelessness and support housing stability for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families in King County. Approximately $1.2 million is available for the period of July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. The deadline for proposal submittals for this Request for Investment (RFI) is 4:00 p.m. on December 12, 2013. For more information and to view the application, please visit this Web site.
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 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 and King County have been awarded $968,902 in new funds to support the operating costs for three homeless housing projects in Seattle, bringing the total amount awarded to our region for 2012 federal homeless assistance awards to well over $22 million. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the local McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Awards following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement of nationwide awards.
“These new funds will create permanent housing for the homeless – two new six-story buildings in Northgate and South Lake Union – and expand supportive services,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine, co-chair of the Committee to End Homelessness. “For the federal government to award this region more funds, on top of the grants it already renewed in December, validates the strength of our partnerships and our shared commitment to create affordable housing linked to needed services.”
“These grants are crucial to the city’s efforts to help prevent and end homelessness in our region,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “The combination of permanent housing with supportive services is a key strategy to help chronically homeless adults, including military veterans, find stable housing and rebuild their lives.”
The new money is in addition to $21.8 million in renewal grants received by Seattle and King County from HUD that were announced in December 2011. That funding supported a total of 1,776 units of housing, including 754 units of transitional housing and 1,022 units of permanent housing for people with disabilities. Funding was also provided for the Safe Harbors Homeless Management Information System, which collects data on services provided to homeless people in programs throughout King County and is critical to successful grant applications to HUD.
The new assistance dollars will help to ensure that residents in these facilities receive the onsite services they need to achieve and maintain housing stability. Supportive housing has proven extremely effective in successfully housing people whose lives have been shattered by homelessness, mental illness and addiction, while saving millions of dollars in emergency services.
The three projects receiving federal funding are:
• Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) Aurora Supportive Housing – $473,253. Located on Aurora Avenue in the Northgate neighborhood, this project will create a new six-story building to provide permanent supportive housing for 87 homeless adults, with 24-hour onsite staffing and case management services. All of the units will be reserved for chronically homeless single men and women.
• Plymouth Housing Group (PHG) Williams Apartments – $473,254. The Williams Apartments will provide 81 studio apartments as permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals who are disabled by substance use or multiple co-occurring disorders. Half of the units will be reserved for homeless military veterans. Located in the Cascade neighborhood, the new six-story building will provide onsite case management.
• Archdiocesan Housing Authority (AHA) Ozanam House – $27,395. Located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, Ozanam provides 55 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless people over the age of 55 who have been chronically homeless and are disabled by chemical dependency or co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency. The new funds will expand the supportive services available onsite to add chemical dependency services and health care/nursing support for residents.
Every year, community-based organizations join with the City of Seattle and King County to submit a joint application for the McKinney funding that allows county and local governments and their many partners to provide essential housing and supportive services for homeless people. The funding is critical to the ongoing work of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and the implementation of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
For more information on the programs and projects funded by the McKinney grant funds, please contact Eileen Denham, City of Seattle McKinney Programs Coordinator, 206-684-0915 or Kate Speltz, King County Housing and Community Development Program, 206-263-9084.
Find an Apartment You Can Afford at HousingSearchNW.org Renters now have a new resource for finding an apartment they can afford in Seattle and King County. HousingSearchNW.org, a free service for both landlords and renters, provides information about real-time vacancies in rental housing. Renters can search by features like neighborhood, affordability, amenities and more. The website is accessible 24 hours a day, while a toll-free call center (1-877-428-8844) is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Interpretation in a number of languages is available through the call center. HousingSearchNW.org is sponsored by the City of Seattle, King County, the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority and the United Way of King County, and supported by the Tenants Union and the Rental Housing Association.
Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $21.8 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2012-2013, making it possible to continue to provide a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. For details see the news release.
King County Department of Community and Human Services, Seattle Office of Housing, Seattle Housing Authority, United Way of King County, and Washington Families Fund have announced a Request for Proposals process as part of the Fall 2011 King County Combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Approximately $14.2 million for operating support, rental assistance, and supportive services, and up to 70 Housing Choice Vouchers are available to be linked to non-time limited housing for people experiencing homelessness in King County.
Application materials are now available on the King County Web site.
Applications are due on September 21, 2011. For more information, please contact Kelli Larsen at 206-263-9260 or email@example.com.
The Committee to End Homelessness is conducting a Mid Plan Review of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County, and will host a series of open meetings to gather input on which key policy questions are most important to answer for the second half of the Ten-Year Plan. The community meetings will be held:
- Tues., March 1, New Holly Gathering Hall, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (7050 32nd Ave S., Seattle, four blocks west of MLK Jr. Way S. & S. Othello)
- Wed., March 2, SeaTac City Hall, 9 – 10:30 a.m. (4800 S. 188th St, SeaTac, just off I-5 at exit 152)
- Wed., March 2, Bellevue City Hall, 4 – 5:30 pm (450 110th Ave. NE., near the Bellevue Transit Center)
In 2005, our region embraced a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and established the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH), charged with implementing the goals of the Ten-Year Plan: prevent homelessness whenever possible; move people rapidly from homelessness to stable housing; increase the efficiency of existing systems and improve collaboration; and create the public and political will to end homelessness. Now, in year five of the Ten-Year Plan, CEH is conducting a mid-plan review. It will look at the original goals, accomplishments to date, external forces affecting implementation of the plan, including (and especially) changes in the economy and the emerging federal and state priorities relating to housing and homelessness. Most important, the mid-point review will develop recommendations for what we need to do going forward, as a region, to achieve the goal of ending homelessness, with a particular focus on what we need to be doing differently.
These community meetings will be followed by a charrette April 24 and 25, open to the public, where the selected questions will be discussed and answered. Questions: Gretchen Bruce, CEH Program Manager, 206-263-9085, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this Web site.
King County Department of Community and Human Services, City of Seattle Human Services Department, United Way of King County, Seattle Housing Authority and King County Housing Authority are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals process as part of the Fall 2010 King County Combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Approximately $10.65 million for Services, Operating Support, and Rental Assistance, and up to 90 Section 8 subsidies are available to be linked to non time-limited housing for people experiencing homelessness in King County. Application materials are now available on the King County website.