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Spokane, WA 99204
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Continuum of Care Program

Regional Continuum of Care

Spokane County partnered with the Regional Continuum of Care (CoC) and has representation on the Interagency Committee to End Homelessness (IAC), is a member of the Spokane Homeless Coalition and participates on multiple subcommittees of these groups. The County also provides representation for “The Hearth Academy”; a group formed to address the changes to the homeless system that will occur with the final rules of the Hearth Act. Planning ahead for the shift in federal priorities for homeless, along with new definition will prove beneficial when the Act’s Rule is released.

The Regional Governance Council, established for the purposes of the CoC, has an application review team in which the County participates. This interaction helps the County keep abreast of the projects/activities funded by the Human Services Department of the City of Spokane and assures that the county also provides similar homeless services to County citizens when they are in need. In this way, Spokane County hopes to encourage people to reestablish “home” around the County other than within the City of Spokane, should they desire to do so.

Homeless Activities

Spokane County receives document recording fees (primarily through the recording of mortgages) for Homeless Housing. These fees, commonly referred to as 2163, 1359,  2331, and/or 2048 funds, are collected for homeless housing purposes as documents are recorded. Approximately 40% of these funds are forwarded to the state. The remaining 60% is retained for local use in the county.

The funds are designated to assist low-income persons only – those earning less than 50% of the Area Median Income.

 2015 Homeless Housing & Assistance Act (HHAA) Program Year

Request for Proposals (RFP)

NOW OPEN APPLICATIONS POSTMARKED BY 2/17/15
 
The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) is seeking proposals for the 2015 Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (HHAA) program year. CSHCD will review applications and make recommendations to the Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee (HCDAC), which will then forward its recommendations to the Spokane County Board of Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC will make final funding decisions. Emphasis will be placed on county beneficiaries who would be served with these funds.
 
Proposals must meet threshold requirements to be considered for funding which include:
  • Funds are requested for an eligible activity
  • Proposed activity addresses a required goal, objective, and/or strategy
  • Organization’s capacity to undertake the proposed activity
  • Cost reasonableness
  • Financial feasibility
  • Project readiness
  • Application serves eligible county clients or population served is determined to be a special-needs population
Successful applications will conform to the guiding principles of the current Spokane County Consolidated Plan and Spokane Regional Homeless Plans. The 2015 HHAA RFP contains instructions, a timeline for the allocation process, the amount of anticipated funds available, and other pertinent information from the Spokane County Consolidated Plan and Regional Homeless Plans, such as eligible activities, need categories, goals, and strategies. Examples of projects/activities previously funded are shelter operations and maintenance, rental assistance, homelessness prevention training, and emergency assistance.  Selected projects will be funded for two-year increments contingent upon the availability of HHAA funds and compliance with terms and conditions of agreements.
 
Eligible applicants include Spokane County departments, cities and towns of Spokane County Urban Consortium, non-profit agencies with 501(c)(3) designation, and public housing authorities. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to carry out their proposal and manage federal funds.
 
The 2015 HHAA funding policies, applications, project selection criteria, and the RFP will be available for downloading at www.spokanecounty.org/communitysvcs/HCD/content.aspx?c=2219. To obtain electronic or printed copies of the documents, you may also contact CSHCD at 509-477-2588 or at, 312 West 8th Avenue, Fourth Floor, Spokane, WA 99204. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. An applicant workshop is planned for January 23, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at this location. HHAA funds are limited and the application process is competitive. For more information on the applicant workshop call CSHCD at 509-477-2588.
 
Accommodations and translation services will be provided to the maximum extent feasible to meet the needs of disabled people. If you need an accommodation, please contact CSHCD at least 72 hours in advance at 509-477-2588.
 

Homeless Housing Assistance Act (HHAA) Projects Funded in 2013-2015

 

Homeless Services Project- County Wide Project Name Amount Funded
Catholic Charities- House of Charity Respite Beds & Vocational Training $100,000
Catholic Charities Community Warehouse $79,358
Catholic Charities- St. Margaret's C of C Activities $100,000
Catholic Charities- St. Margaret's Homeless Shelter $100,000
Family Promise of Spokane Homeless Shelter $72,000
Salvation Army Full-time Outreach Specialist $81,987
Salvation Army Emergency Shelter Operations & Services $44,764
Transitional Program for Women RRP $50,000
Transitional Program for Women RRP via Web $6,482
Volunteers of America Crosswalk $68,769
Volunteers of America Hope House $66,460
YFA Emergency Shelter for Youth $50,000
YWCA Expand Shelter Services in Spokane Valley $180,000

Re-Entry Initiative

Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department, in partnership with Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, has implemented a Re-Entry Initiative in order to assist persons exiting correctional and qualified mental health institutions, as well as other specified programs within Spokane County.

To be eligible, one must be exiting an institution such as, Spokane County Jails, Prison Work Releases,  and other institutions currently defined within the program. Additional eligibility criteria are that you meet the definition of homeless and are considered low-income by HUD standards.

Our screening is designed to take approximately 4 minutes and will determine your eligibility for the Spokane County Re-Entry Initiative. We invite you to participate in our screening by clicking below.

Updates

A question was asked at a stakeholder meeting as to why Oxford Houses won't be considered as permanent housing for persons exiting incarceration. The reason that Oxford Houses aren't considered as viable permanent housing options for purposes of this program is because there is no actual lease between the landlord and the tenant.

Homeless Prevention Response Program

The Spokane County Community Services, Housing and Community Development Department is partnering with local agency Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) to assist people on the brink of becoming homeless and directly administers Spokane County's HPRP program. 

Many households that are now eligible may have had little or no exposure to social service programs and don't know where to find assistance. The HPRP program will help guide applicants through the process and connect you with other community resources if necessary.

The HPRP program is available to those living in the unincorporated areas, and the neighboring cities and towns or Airway Heights, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane Valley, and Waverly.

Funds are available to qualified applicants who are at risk of being evicted due to non-payment, for rental assistance, and utilities. No assistance is provided for mortgage payments, legal or other fees associated with renting and homeowner housing. 

 Eligibility Criteria

  • Residence is located in one of our outlying areas
  • Proof of earnings the equal 50% or less of Area Median Income
  • Lack of housing options
  • Lack of financial resources and support networks needed to remain housed

Interested applicants may pre-qualify for the program application by taking the online eligibility survey at www.spokanecountyhprp.com or by calling 2-1-1 between 8:00 a.m.. - 5:00 p.m.. Monday- Friday.

 Consolidated Homeless Grant Program

The Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) is a new grant provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The CHG combines homeless resources into one grant opportunity. The CHG is designed to remedy homelessness by quickly re-housing individuals with a mental health diagnosis. Spokane County will fund rental assistance through the Supportive Living Division, which assists disabled persons with permanent housing and may include supportive services. More on the Supportive Living Program is mentioned under HOME TBRA and Special Needs.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)- We are no longer accepting applications.

The Emergency Solutions Grant is a program, initially funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce, available to rapidly re-house homeless families and retain families in existing units that are in jeopardy of eviction, in our communities  Just over $60,000 was awarded to Spokane County to administer this program for the homeless that intend to live inside of Spokane County, but outside of the city limits of Spokane.  Funds may be used to pay ongoing rent, first month, last month, deposit, some moving costs and limited-duration rental assistance.  Rapid re-housing eligibility criteria include;  an income limitation of 30% of the Area Median Income, currently homeless, intention to live inside of Spokane County, but outside the city limits of Spokane and have at least one child in the home between the ages of 4-18 years old that is currently enrolled and attending school.  Homeless prevention criteria require an income limitation of 30% of the Area Median Income, pending eviction proof and currently residing within the County, but outside of the City of Spokane.

Statewide Housing Locator (aka Landlord List)

House Bill 2048 passed in 2012 which requires that an Interested Landlord List be established and available to households eligible for public rental assistance dollars.  The intent is to connect private landlords that do not traditionally receive the pass-through of these housing dollars, with eligible clients. Jointly, Spokane County and the City of Spokane work to encourage all landlords across Spokane County to register at www.housingsearchnw.org to increase the likelihood of being a recipient of public rental assistance dollars.  In addition, Spokane County and the City of Spokane hold bi-annual meetings to receive feedback from local landlords on the functionality and/or any challenges with www.housingsearchnw.org.
 

Attention Veterans at Risk of Homelessness

Veteran's Services 

www.spokanecounty.org/loaddoc.aspx


Let WashingtonConnection.org help you and your family find the benefits and services you need. You can learn about additional benefits and programs and then check for eligibility and/or apply. This site will also allow you to browse for resources, programs and services provided by many of our partner agencies.

Washington State offers a variety of health and human service programs. To learn more visit the Washington Information Network 211 website at www.win211.org or dial 2-1-1.

 

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