Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Title

Housing and Essential Needs services effective at reducing homelessness

Description

Newly released report reveals increased housing stability and less likelihood of incarceration

Body

​OLYMPIA, WA – A Housing and Essential Needs report for the Washington State Department of Commerce shows recipients have greater housing stability and are less likely to be incarcerated compared to similar peers who do not receive Housing and Essential Needs services. 

 

The Housing and Essential Needs Program provides non-cash rent assistance and other support – such as personal hygiene and bus tokens – for individuals who are not able to work for medical reasons and are at risk of homelessness. Housing and Essential Needs was developed to buffer vulnerable clients from the potential impact of losing cash support when the Disability Lifeline program was eliminated by the Legislature in 2011.
 
“We were concerned the elimination of Disability Lifeline and the related decrease in funding would hurt the state’s progress in reducing homelessness,” said Dan McConnon, Commerce deputy director for Community Services and Housing. “Instead, the switch to housing and other assistance is helping our state combat homelessness.”
 
The report, authored for Commerce by the DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division, evaluates the impact of Housing and Essential Needs services on measures of well-being over a six-month period. It found that compared to cash assistance, Housing and Essential Needs:
 

 

• Reduces participant housing instability by 18 percent
• Reduces participant prison incarceration by 86 percent

 

Learn more about Commerce’s housing and homeless programs.
 
###
 
About Commerce
 
Commerce is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. For more information, visit www.commerce.wa.gov. For information on locating or expanding a business in Washington, visit www.choosewashington.com.
 
Subscribe to Commerce press releases by email. You may unsubscribe at any time.

 

Publish Date

2/14/2013

Expires

 

Tags

 

Divisions

Agency-Wide

Divisions:Title

Agency-Wide

Programs

 

ArticleContact

Commerce Communications Office

ArticleContact:ID

6

Programs:ID

 

Attachments

Created at 2/14/2013 9:43 AM by System Account
Last modified at 2/14/2013 9:47 AM by System Account