Snohomish County recently awarded $1.5 million to 21 projects designed to prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families.
This is the seventh year of distributing Ending Homelessness funds, which are collected from local document recording fees under state legislation. Ending Homelessness funds are used to support agency projects that are working within the goals of Snohomish County's 10-year plan to end homelessness, "Everyone at Home Now," and which are consistent with current planning priorities.
"For some individuals and families, times are still tough," said County Executive John Lovick. "We need to give people a helping hand. This funding does just that, and that's a good thing for those in need."
The County works closely with the Homeless Policy Task Force (HPTF) and other community stakeholders to address the needs of individuals and families at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. The Project Review Committee rated the projects and made funding recommendations to the county's Human Services Department.
"We see individuals and families struggling every day, as they strive to find resources to increase their self-sufficiency," said Ken Stark, the county's Human Services director. "These programs will provide much needed relief for many households in our community."
For more information on the program and funding, contact Jackie Anderson, supervisor of the Office of Community and Homeless Services, at 425-388-3237.