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.
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.
Homeless Housing Assistance Acr (HHAA) Projects Funded in 2012
|Homeless Services Project- County Wide
|Catholic Charities- St. Margaret's
|Interfaith dba Family Promise of Spokane
||Emergency Shelter Operations
|Transitional Program for Women
|Volunteers of America
||Alt to Domestic Violence
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.
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.
- 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
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.