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Homeless Assistance and Prevention Programs

The Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act (RCW 43.185C) passed in 2005 requires counties to:

 
  • Develop a ten-year plan to reduce homelessness by 50 percent by 2015.
  • Conduct an annual point in time count of homeless persons.
  • Report progress implementing plans annually to Commerce.
  • Use the local portion of document recording fees ($20.2 million per year) to reduce homelessness.
  • Implement a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) to collect client data used to measure program, county and state performance.
 
The Act requires the Department of Commerce to:
 
  • Work with the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB) to develop a ten-year plan to reduce homelessness by 50 percent by 2015.
  • Coordinate the annual point in time count.
  • Produce an annual report on the performance measures used to measure state and local plan implementation.
  • Provide technical assistance to counties.
  • Pass through most of the state portion of document recording fees ($8.6 million per year) to local governments to reduce homelessness.
  • Implement Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) to collect client data used to measure program, county and state performance.

 

 

 
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