Homeless Student Stability Program
The Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP) was established in 2016 when the Legislature passed the Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act, which amends state laws related to improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased identification services, in-school supports, and housing stability.
The HSSP is intended to link both unaccompanied students and families that include homeless students to stable housing located in the homeless students’ school district. The goal of the program is to provide education stability by promoting housing stability.
The HSSP includes two funding mechanisms:
- Grants from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to build homeless education program capacity in school districts.
- Grants from the Department of Commerce to support partnerships between school districts and housing service providers by utilizing “Homeless Housing Navigators”
In partnership with school districts, Homeless Housing Navigators work within schools to:
- Support unaccompanied homeless students by connecting them with runaway and homeless youth service providers.
- Support homeless students and families with housing support services, diversion, and connection to the locally administered coordinated entry system.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can find help using this list of Washington State Homeless Adult & Family Coordinated Entry Sites (PDF) or 211 Washington Information Network (web).
Commerce does not provide services directly to people who are at risk for or experiencing homelessness. Please refer to the “Need Help?” links above if you need individual assistance.
Commerce HSSP Program Manager