Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Innovative tools and state funding help communities plan for low-income and emergency housing

Seven community partnerships awarded $220,000 in growth management grants to plan for and accommodate projected housing needs OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Commerce is publishing new planning tools and awarding a second round of grant funding to support communities across Washington in planning for the future housing needs of low-income and at-risk families and individuals. The department also today announced a new round of grant awards to…

Commerce helps secure $17.6 million in federal funding for housing assistance

Commerce helps secure $17.6 million in federal funding for housing assistance

Funding is through Continuum of Care program, which is part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development OLYMPIA, WA — Washington communities have another $110 million for new and existing housing projects thanks to funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. Providers across Washington are working on 205 new and existing projects that provide temporary or permanent housing assistance and/or supportive…

Commerce invests $1.2 million in homelessness diversion programs statewide

Commerce invests $1.2 million in homelessness diversion programs statewide

Targeted investments address BIPOC and historically marginalized communities, look to reduce inflow, waitlists in homeless crisis response system OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced more than $1.2 million in grants to provide homelessness diversion services throughout Washington state. The program is intended to help families and individuals identify practical solutions for resolving a housing crisis quickly and safely, and may include short-term services and financial…

Washington selected to participate in new HUD, HHS Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator program

Washington selected to participate in new HUD, HHS Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator program

Only eight states and D.C. were selected for the new program OLYMPIA, WA — Washington state was recently selected for technical assistance resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator (Accelerator) program. According to a press release from HHS, the Accelerator will help unlock resources to reduce homelessness by addressing health-related social needs, such…

Washington State Office of Homeless Youth awards $4.8 million in grants for specialized services and support to youth across Washington

Washington State Office of Homeless Youth awards $4.8 million in grants for specialized services and support to youth across Washington

Updated 2:05 p.m. 1/24/24 Funding aims to meet young people where they are, through schools, community services, and health services OLYMPIA, WA — Washington’s Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) in the Department of Commerce today announced $4.8 million in grants to 19 organizations to help prevent and address housing instability among young people. Grants will fund school-based interventions, crisis interventions to help youth and families resolve conflict, and support to…

Young people help guide over $40 million in grants to serve homeless youth

Young people help guide over $40 million in grants to serve homeless youth

Office of Homeless Youth sought input from those with lived experience to evaluate competitive proposals for funding from service providers across Washington state OLYMPIA, WA — Nearly 60 young people with lived experience of homelessness from across Washington state gathered recently in SeaTac over three days to help evaluate hundreds of applications for funding through the Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) at the Washington Department of Commerce. The more than $40…

Spokane’s Camp Hope permanently closing as final individuals transition into new housing options

Spokane’s Camp Hope permanently closing as final individuals transition into new housing options

State’s largest homeless encampment now transitions to site restoration SPOKANE – The state’s largest homeless encampment is closing today as state agencies and community partners have moved the last individual living at the encampment into housing. This is the culmination of 18 months of work by three state agencies – and several dedicated outreach group partners – under the state’s Right of Way Safety Initiative. An estimated 600 people were…

Commerce invests nearly $650,000 toward building new statewide Apple Health and Homes network to address chronic homelessness

Commerce invests nearly $650,000 toward building new statewide Apple Health and Homes network to address chronic homelessness

Funding to 27 organizations will build capacity in communities throughout Washington state for groundbreaking program that links health care and housing. OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce recently announced the inaugural round of Apple Health and Homes (AHAH) funding to 27 organizations across the state with projects intended to serve individuals experiencing homelessness who also have health conditions. Over 70 percent of people who are chronically homeless…

Commerce awards $50.6 million to rapidly acquire 13 properties for shelters, affordable housing

Commerce awards $50.6 million to rapidly acquire 13 properties for shelters, affordable housing

Grants bolster efforts to confront homelessness in 10 counties across Washington state OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington Department of Commerce announced approximately $50.6 million in grants to 13 affordable housing projects throughout the state. This second round of funding through the state’s 2022 Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition program will create 214 affordable units and 70 beds of housing for people in Washington who are currently homeless or at high risk…

Housing projects for people experiencing homelessness in Washington will share $9-million federal grant

Housing projects for people experiencing homelessness in Washington will share $9-million federal grant

Rural communities are focus of investments in nine new projects statewide OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded a $9 million grant last week from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will provide new housing for people experiencing homelessness in Island, Klickitat, Mason, Skamania, Thurston, Whatcom and Yakima counties. Funds will be used over the next three years for a variety of…