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  • Addressing Homelessness

    Addressing homelessness

    Addressing homelessness is important because it is a bellwether for our society. It tells us if our education system is working, our criminal justice system is working, our physical and mental health systems are working, and whether we are providing our community members the support and opportunities they need.

    Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
    President, Seattle University
    Member of CEH Governing Board

    The Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) is a broad coalition of government, business, faith communities, nonprofits, and homeless advocates working together to implement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County.

  • CEH Annual Report

    2013 CEH Annual Report

    The Committee to End Homelessness’ 2013 Annual Report establishes our community-driven vision to make the experience of homelessness in King County a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence. The report highlights our strategic approach for each of these outcomes and the collective action taking place across the county to reach our goal. Download the report here.

  • Governing Board co-chairs King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) and Car Toys CEO/President Dan Brettler welcome new CEH Director Mark Putnam (center)

    Mark Putnam named new director of Committee to End Homelessness:

    Local housing leader will guide regional efforts to end homelessness

    Mark Putnam, a leading expert on homeless housing and strategic planning, has been named the new director of the Committee to End Homelessness (CEH) in King County. He begins his position on December 16.
    "Mark brings knowledge, passion and a commitment to ending homelessness that will energize our regional effort at a critical time,” said King County Executive and CEH Governing Board Co-chair Dow Constantine.
    Putnam has extensive experience working with government, philanthropy, providers and people experiencing homelessness to develop and implement effective strategies to move people out of poverty and homelessness through stable housing, health care, education and employment. Learn more.

  • ANNUAL CONFERENCE – June 27 all day (registration is closed; no walk-ins)


    Annual conference information is here


    If you are confirmed but you don’t need your space, please email cehkc@cehkc.org to release the space to someone on the waiting list.


    The CEH Charter will be reviewed for approval at the Annual Conference. Read the CEH Charter here

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The September IAC meeting has moved locations to Greenbridge Career Center, 9720 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. Please note that this meeting takes place on September 8, the second Monday of the month.

2014 King County Combined Funders Notice of Funding Availability

Six public and private funders of homeless housing in King County are pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing for Families, Individuals and Young Adults. The funders are aligned to common priorities that were adopted through the Committee to End Homeless in King County.

Read the full notice here.

2013 Annual Report: Making Homelessness Rare, Brief, and One-Time

The Committee to End Homelessness’ 2013 Annual Report establishes our community-driven vision to make the experience of homelessness in King County a rare, brief, and one-time occurrence. The report highlights our strategic approach for each of these outcomes and the collective action taking place across the county to reach our goal.

Download: 2013 annual report (PDF)

See past reports here.

Read August’s newsletter here

Read August’s calendar here

In the news

Read CEH’s Youth and Young Adult plan summary here

New Federal Funding: Federal homeless assistance funds totaling more than $22.7 million have been awarded to the City of Seattle and King County for 2014-2015, making it possible to continue a range of housing and supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The award supports 70 community-based projects for a total of 2,024 units of housing: 727 units of transitional housing and 1,297 units of permanent housing for homeless people with disabilities. Read more...

One Night Count: 3,117 people in King County had no shelter. Read more...

Mark Putnam named new director of Committee to End Homelessness: Local housing leader will guide regional efforts to end homelessness. Read more...

2013-2014 Winter and Severe Weather Shelters List

2-1-1 Crisis Clinic created a printable list of all the winter shelters and severe weather shelters in King County for the 2013-2014 winter season. The list will be continually updated throughout the season. Be sure to return to this page periodically for updates, especially if you’re going to print it out (and please destroy all old printed versions). The current list is here:

Count Us In 2014: Youth and Young Adult Count

Count Us In is King County’s annual effort to count youth and young adults (YYA) aged 12-25 who are unstably housed or homeless. In January 2014, King County held its fourth annual Count Us In and identified 777 youth and young adults in King County who were homeless or unstably housed on the night of January 22, 2014. For a breakdown of the 2014 Count Us In findings, read the full report here and a one page summary here.

2013 Progress Report—Homeless Housing and Services Fund

Since 2005, the Washington State Legislature authorized a series of document recording fee surcharges to be used to implement state and local plans to end homelessness. In King County, the surcharge revenue is called the Homeless Housing and Services Fund (HHSF). The HHSF is administered by the King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) under policies adopted by the Metropolitan King County Council; and guidelines and priorities established by the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH).

Annually, HHSF funded projects serve approximately 2,454 households (4,232 individuals.) The HHSF also provides funding for the King County Landlord Liaison Project (LLP), a critical resource for homeless housing programs throughout King County. The LLP reaches out to and works closely with private landlords to reduce screening and other barriers for homeless clients, who would otherwise be unable to access such housing. Since becoming operational in 2009, the LLP housed a total of 1,206 households or 2,231 individuals, including those defined as being chronically homeless.

2013 Progress Report on the HHSF Funds

King County Programs Highlighted by United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Many communities use data from public service systems like jails, homeless services, hospitals, and Medicaid to identify the subset of people experiencing homelessness who are high utilizers of emergency public services. The premise behind these approaches is that priority for housing should be given to individuals who are caught in a revolving door of crisis and who also drive up public costs as a result. While some communities use a simple cross-match of data between HMIS and health care or corrections data, other communities use more sophisticated predictive algorithms that help to select individuals who are expected to continue their pattern of high utilization. Examples of these approaches include: King County (WA)'s Client Care Coordination High Utilizer Database Project, the Economic Roundtable's 10th Decile Triage Tool, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing's Frequent User Systems Engagement project.

Training Opportunities:

  • There are no training opportunities at this time. Please subscribe to our newsletter for information on upcoming training opportunities.

King County Combined Funders Notice of Funding Availability

Read the 2014 Combined NOFA for Homeless Housing for Families, Individuals and Young Adults here.

Please subscribe to our newsletter for information on upcoming RFP opportunities.

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  Updated: Aug 25, 2014