Reentry Spanning Supports: A new funding opportunity from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

In February 2020, the average daily population of individuals incarcerated in the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention was 2,130. People released from incarceration face social, economic, institutional, and community-based collateral consequences which include barriers to employment, barriers to accessing government benefits, difficulty accessing food, clothes, bus passes and other basic needs, difficulty accessing housing, barriers to receiving behavioral health services and challenges to building community connections.

A new funding opportunity is available from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) to fund community-based services and supports that help mitigate the long-term negative effects of system involvement on reentering individuals in King County.

Funding for Reentry Spanning Supports

The Reentry Spanning Supports strategy seeks to fund Black-led reentry initiatives conceived by and intended for community members who have lived experience with reentry.

The funded community-based organization(s) will provide a suite of services that will focus on a range of issues that will help people returning to the community mitigate the tangible and intangible collateral consequences of incarceration.

Examples of services that funded entities may provide include but are not limited to:

  • Access to basic needs (clothing, hygiene supplies, phone, transportation)
  • Pathways to living wage jobs, assistance navigating public, private, and union
    employment opportunities
  • Access to services that help promote connection to family, particularly as it
    relates to children and formerly incarcerated parents
  • Access to cultural programming that builds community connections
  • Assistance with safe, stable and affordable housing/shelter plans
  • Assistance with educational pursuits, tuition and educational materials
  • Assistance with physical and behavioral health services
  • Assistance with federal and state benefits, including DSHS and Social Security
  • Assistance with reinstatement of voting rights
  • Access to LFO debt negotiation and relief
  • Access to relicensing, professional licensing and identification services
  • Labor union pilot as a path to living wage jobs

Application details

Available funding: Up to $1,165,000 in VSHSL funds
Investment period: October 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023 (subject to change)
Questions: Contact Zahyr Lauren at zlauren@kingcounty.gov
Applications due: September 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm

Bidders Conference:

July 28, 2020 | 10:00  – 11:30 am
Join by Skype web app
Join by phone: 206-263-8114, Conference ID: 7323606

The Bidders Conference session will be recorded and posted at kingcounty.gov/VSHSL-Funding.

For more information and to apply visit: https://www.zoomgrants.com/zgf/DCHS_VSHSL-Reentry_Spanning_Supports

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