Homeless Assistance

Are you homeless or about to become homeless? Click here to connect to a Local Coordinated Entry program that can help you think about next steps.

Homeless Assistance

Please visit our COVID-19 page for helpful COVID-19 related information.

Eviction Rent Assistance

You can find a list of service providers at the following links:

Homelessness in Washington

Why is Homelessness Increasing?  Homelessness has increased since 2013 in Washington state due to multiple factors, but overwhelmingly because growing rents are pushing people living at the margins into homelessness. Learn more.

Click the following link to watch a recording of a presentation on “Drivers of Homelessness in Washington state.”

Counts of Homelessness: Different Counts and What they Mean: There are a few different ways Washington state counts the number of homeless individuals and families each year. You can learn more from this report.

Overview of the Homeless Housing System and Funding: In every county in Washington, a statewide network of not-for-profit organizations houses more than 98,000 people facing homelessness each year. This paper will provide you with more information about our homeless system.

Understanding youth homelessness: Learn about prevention of youth homelessness efforts.

You can find the state Strategic Plan, annual reports, audits, and other publications from Commerce related to homelessness here

You can view local government 5-year plans here

News and Announcements

New rental assistance and homeless system performance measures:

New state funding sources were passed into law following the 2021 legislative session. These funds aim to prevent evictions by providing resources to households most likely to become homeless, suffer severe health consequences, or both, after an eviction. Additionally, funds prioritize households disproportionately impacted by public health emergencies, homelessness, and housing instability.

Learn more here.


Program Links

The Office of Family and Adult Homelessness (OFAH) supports homeless crisis response systems and best practices that efficiently reduce the number of people living outside.

Read more about the Office of Family and Adult Homelessness.

The Office of Supportive Housing is tasked with coordinating with other state agencies to expand the availability of supportive housing for persons with mental health conditions or substance use disorders.

Read more about the Office of Supportive Housing.

Every night, thousands of homeless youth in Washington go to sleep without the safety, stability, and support of a family or home. Our office leads statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth homelessness through five priority service areas.

Read more about the Office of Homeless Youth.

Washington State Homeless System Performance Reports provide information on critical homeless system performance measures, including several HEARTH Homeless System Performance Measures. The Homeless System Performance Reports also provide other contextual information about a community’s homeless crisis response system.

Read more about Homeless System Performance.

Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)

Read more about HMIS.

The Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act requires each county to conduct an annual one-day survey of people without permanent housing – both sheltered and unsheltered.

Read more about Point in Time Count.

Continuum of Care is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Program to promote community-wide commitment and support to end homelessness. It provides grants to nonprofit agencies, state and local governments through an annual competition. Commerce works with 34 counties represented in the Balance of Washington State Continuum of Care Homeless Steering Committee to submit a consolidated funding application.

Read more about Continuum of Care.

Commerce homeless grants require service providers to demonstrate competency and equity in best practices. Our goal is that these trainings prepare grantees with the knowledge and tools needed to foster resiliency on an individual, programmatic and agency-level, strengthening their community’s response to homelessness.

Read more about Homeless Service Grantee training.