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.
United Way of King County’s “Basic Needs Indicators” have been updated with 2nd quarter data for most indicators and July data for unemployment. The economic indicators show the impact of economic conditions on people in our community and provide an immediate barometer of how people are faring during these difficult times. The indicators include unemployment, home foreclosures, emergency food distribution, requests for financial assistance and more.
Highlights of the update:
- Most indicators of need related to economic stress remain at elevated levels, but are no longer increasing.
- The unemployment rate is dropping slightly, and overall employment is increasing slightly, when adjusted for 2010 Census jobs. This reflects the slow economic recovery.
- Two indicators of need continue to climb: requests for rent assistance and public benefits caseloads.
- Requests for rent assistance may continue to increase as people remain out of work for longer periods, using up personal reserves, and as unemployment benefits are exhausted.
- Public benefit caseloads are still climbing mainly because people continue to stay on benefits as the job market remains difficult.
On Aug. 17, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the formation of a citizen review panel to make encampment policy recommendations to the Mayor’s Office and the Seattle City Council. This group has been convened to provide recommendations that are sensitive to the changing economic climate and the city’s ongoing budget realities. For a list of those serving on the panel see this press release.
Eight Seattle journalists went back to school this past spring to learn about family homelessness in Washington state. Together with eight Seattle University students selected as research assistants, the Fellows attended three day-long seminars during spring quarter and conducted independent research. Their in-depth news coverage will begin appearing late summer and early fall, in newspapers, on radio and TV, online and elsewhere.
For more information about this project, please visit the Web site for the Center for Strategic Communications at Seattle University.
On Tuesday, June 22, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) released Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. The report has a set of ten objectives with more than 50 strategies to reduce and end homelessness in the United States. The Seattle Human Services Department funds and supports many of these strategies including transitional housing, rapid-rehousing, support for veterans, youth and families in need.
The fall 2010 Combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for housing with supportive services for homeless families, individuals, and young adults was released on July 1. The Combined NOFA including funding from seven public and private agencies including the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Office of Housing, King County Department of Community & Human Services, The United Way of King County, ARCH A Regional Coalition for Housing, the Seattle Housing Authority, the King County Housing Authority, and the Washington Families Fund.
An application workshop is scheduled on July 8, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Mercerview Community Center, 8326 Southeast 24th Street, Mercer Island 98040.
Contact Andrea Akita at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-0113 to request paper copies of the NOFA. Additional information about the Combined Funders Notice of Fund Availability can also be found at http://www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/Housing.aspx and http://www.seattle.gov/housing.
The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.