Eviction Rent Assistance
You can find a list of service providers at the following links:
The available funds will not meet the demand for assistance.
Homelessness in Washington
Why is homelessness increasing? Homelessness has increased in Washington since 2013 due to multiple factors, but overwhelmingly because growing rents are pushing people living at the margins into homelessness. Read a brief on why homelessness in Washington has been increasing since 2013.
Different counts of homelessness and what they mean: Learn about the different ways Washington counts the number of homeless individuals and families each year.
Understanding youth homelessness: Learn about prevention of Learn about prevention of youth homelessness efforts. efforts.
News and announcements
New study to learn about the impacts of trauma on providers
Across Washington State, homeless service providers working in shelters, outreach, and permanent supportive housing disproportionately suffer from workplace stress and trauma. Commerce is working with BDS Planning and D-Fine Concepts to develop recommendations and potential interventions to support homeless service providers who work in traumatizing environments, to better manage and address workplace stress and trauma.
BDS Planning is conducting a series of surveys, focus groups, and conversations with homeless service providers around the state and will analyze the results with the help of an advisory committee to develop recommendations. How to Participate: Phase I of this study is a survey of homeless service providers including permanent supportive housing and homeless shelter staff, outreach workers, and others who professionally provide homeless services in Washington State.
Homeless service providers are invited to take the survey Use the password HSPStrauma to submit a response.
Respondents are eligible for a $10 electronic gift after completing the survey. For questions or accommodations, please contact Melodie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phase II will include developing recommendations from the survey responses. If you would like to participate, please contact BDS at email@example.com.
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.
- Coordinated Entry
- Landlord Fund Programs
- Consolidated Homeless Grant
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
- HUD Section 811 Rental Assistance
- Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP)
- Office of Homeless Youth
- Shelter Program Grant
- Prevention of Youth Homelessness
- Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.