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Homeless Student Stability Program

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The Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP), in partnership with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), utilizes state funds to support communities that link unaccompanied homeless students  and homeless families to stable housing located in the students’ school district. This program strives to provide educational stability by promoting housing stability.

The 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 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.
Request for Proposals for the 2019-2021 funding cycle can be found on the Current Opportunities page.

Grant Materials

Program Forms

Need Help

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).

Program Links


Contact Information

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.

Megan Kendig
Commerce HSSP Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-2920