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 Act (HHAA) Projects Funded in 2015-2017
|Homeless Services Project- County Wide
|Catholic Charities- St. Margaret's
|Family Promise of Spokane
||Emergency Shelter Operations & Services
|Transitional Program for Women
|Volunteers of America
||ADV Shelter Program
REI RFP 2016 NOW CLOSED
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.
Consolidated Homeless Grant Program
The Consolidated Homeless Grant, provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce is focused on addressing the unsheltered homeless population by quickly re-housing individuals and providing monthly income and budgeting accountability to enable households to obtain long-term housing stability. Interested applicants are initially assessed online at www.spokanecountyhprp.com or by calling 2-1-1 between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday to be asked the initial assessment questions to learn if they are eligible for an application and intake assessment to this program.
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.