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

Homeless Assistance

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

Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP)/Treasury Rent Assistance Program (T-RAP)

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

List of County Eviction Rent Assistance Program Providers
List of Youth and Young Adult Eviction Rent Assistance Program Providers

The available funds will not meet the demand for assistance.

ERAP Interim Report – March 2021 (PDF)
ERAP Award Chart by County (PDF)
T-RAP Award Chart by County (PDF)

If you are experiencing homelessness, please go to the link at the top of this web page for information on where to find assistance.

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 access 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 with 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.

State Homeless System Strategic Plan, Annual Reports and Audits

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

Local Government 5-Year Plans

You can view local government 5-year plans here

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 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 of the 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 who are without permanent housing — both of those who are sheltered and unsheltered. The 2021 Point in Time Count (PIT) will take place on Jan. 28, 2021.

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 application for funding.

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