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Communities from Seattle to Yakima to Omak set to receive more than $3.6 million combined in Department of Housing and Urban Development program awards to combat homelessness and housing insecurity 

These awards come from the Continuum of Care Program and Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which Senator Murray helped create

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Senator Murray: “The housing and homelessness crisis in our state takes on increased urgency as we attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus”

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards totaling more than $3.6 million for cities and counties across Washington state. The federal investments come from the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, which provides funding to nonprofit providers, as well as state and local governments, to quickly provide housing options for families and people facing homelessness. Of these awards, nearly $1 million will go to King County to combat youth homelessness through the CoC Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). As the coronavirus continues to spread across Washington state forcing schools across the state to close, children and families facing housing insecurity are at increased risk of exposure and transmission, and often lack a safe place to self-isolate should the need arise.

“As we work to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, it is increasingly important that Washingtonians navigating homelessness and housing insecurity—who may not have a place to self-isolate or practice social distancing—have access to safe housing options to help keep themselves and others healthy,” Senator Murray said. “These federal awards come at a critical time for our state, particularly for homeless and housing insecure youth who need a safe place to sleep and learn, and I’ll continue pushing for additional investments to strengthen housing options for our most vulnerable children and families.

In total, $3,645,985 was awarded to communities across Washington state through the CoC Program, including $988,622 in YHDP funding. The funding from these grant programs is distributed on a formula basis.

See a full breakdown of federal awards going to Washington state below.

State

 

Recipient

City

Grant Type

Project Type

Amount

WA

 

City of Seattle Human Services Department / ECR Transitional Housing

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$17,603

WA

 

City of Seattle Human Services Department / Salvation Army William Booth

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$253,988

WA

 

City of Seattle Human Services Department / Sandpoint Youth Group Homes

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$324,869

WA

 

King, County of / Auburn Family PSH

Seattle

CoC

New

$57,540

WA

 

King, County of / Harbor House - Safe Haven

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$348,156

WA

 

King, County of / WA-500 YHDP - Bridge Housing

Seattle

CoC

YHDP

$892,434

WA

 

King, County of / WA-500 YHDP Behavioral Health Crisis Response

Seattle

CoC

YHDP

$96,188

WA

 

YouthCare / Ravenna House

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$151,856

WA

 

YouthCare / Straley House

Seattle

CoCR

Renewal

$105,602

WA

 

Benton and Franklin Counties Department of Human Services / Shelter Plus Care

Kennewick

CoCR

Renewal

$107,283

WA

 

Crisis Support Network / CSN Rapid Re-housing

Raymond

CoC

New

$285,707

WA

 

Next Step Housing / Pear Tree Place III

Yakima

CoCR

Renewal

$48,774

WA

 

Next Step Housing / Sommerset Apartments

Yakima

CoCR

Renewal

$20,402

WA

 

Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare / The Shove House

Omak

CoCR

Renewal

$65,264

WA

 

Washington Gorge Action Programs / Turning Point Rapid Re-Housing Program

Bingen

CoCR

Renewal

$129,757

WA

 

City of Spokane / WA0119 SNAP Small Cities Rapid Rehousing CoC 2019

Spokane

CoCR

Renewal

$104,469

WA

 

City of Spokane / WA0126 VOA Alexandria’s House CoC 2019

Spokane

CoCR

Renewal

$75,144

WA

 

Pierce County / Discover Independence- Expansion

Tacoma

CoC

New

$183,915

WA

 

Snohomish, County of / Long Term Leasing for the Disabled

Everett

CoCR

Renewal

$277,836

WA

 

Share / Bridging the Gap Renewal 2019

Vancouver

CoCR

Renewal

$4,215

WA

 

Share / Share Seniors

Vancouver

CoC

New

$94,983

As a senior member of the Senate subcommittee responsible for housing appropriations, Senator Murray has consistently fought to strengthen funding for programs like CoC and YHDP to combat the housing crisis in Washington state and across the country. In 2016, Senator Murray helped create the YHDP program as part of the FY 2016 appropriations bill to expand funding for rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, and transitional housing to youth experiencing homelessness, and has previously secured millions of dollars in YHDP awards for Washington state since the program’s creation.

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