Snohomish County recently awarded more than $2.2 million to 23 projects designed to help end homelessness.
This is the fifth year Snohomish County has distributed Ending Homelessness funds, keeping in line with County Executive Aaron Reardon’s plan to assist families and individuals in need of housing as well as to prevent more families from slipping into homelessness.
“These projects put us closer to our goal of ending homelessness in Snohomish County,” Reardon said. “They are innovative and successfully show our dedication to eliminating this very real problem.”
Ending Homelessness funds, which are collected from local document recording fees, are used to support agencies that are working within the goals of Snohomish County’s 10-year affordable-housing plan “Everyone at Home Now.”
Projects selected continue to advance the county’s efforts to reduce homelessness through innovative programs and best practices models. While 20 projects selected this year have received program funding in the past, three new projects were chosen, based on the merits of the project applications.
New Ground Everett, a Friends of Youth project, is a six-unit apartment complex that provides supportive housing and intensive case management services to 12 young adults at a time.
Mercy Housing Northwest will provide housing and case management for 22 homeless families with children at Family Tree Apartments in Everett. Families will receive intensive case management services to help them achieve family stability, self-sufficiency and success in permanent housing.
The VOAWW’s Housing First for Jail/Prison Releasees will serve homeless individuals being released from jail or prison who suffer from severe mental illness, a substance-abuse disorder, or who are developmentally or physically disabled. They will be placed in housing coupled with intensive case management.
In addition, an ongoing housing subsidy program for veterans and people with disabilities has been recently subcontracted to Catholic Community Services to provide recipients with an additional year of housing subsidy coupled with intensive case management. The ultimate goal is for all voucher holders to be placed in some form of permanent housing that they can afford by June 2012.
Below is a complete list of project recipients:
Transitional Housing Program
Catholic Community Services
Chronic Homeless Programs
Catholic Community Services
Community Health Center
Health Care for High-Need Homeless
Housing Vouchers for Chronically Homeless
Domestic Violence Services
Friends Of Youth
New Ground Everett/Transitional
Child Development Project
College of Hope
Homeless Teen Parent Program
Interfaith Assoc. of NW WA
Interfaith Family Shelter
Homeless Family Case Management
Snohomish Co. Legal Services
Legal Services to Prevent Homelessness
Housing First/Sky Valley
Housing First/Prison Jail Releasees
Rental Housing Certification
Sky Valley Prevention
Supportive Housing Case Mgmt.
For more information on the program, funding and other projects selected, contact Dean Weitenhagen, supervisor of the Office of Housing, Homelessness & Community Development, at 425-388-3267.