First $4.3M rental assistance payments stabilize 800 households in King County at risk of eviction

As scheduled, King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) paid its first rental assistance payments on Friday, July 16, 2021 totaling $4,373,510.21.  The payments, sent to 42 local property owners, create critical stability for over 800 households in King County who had fallen behind in rent payments due to COVID-related economic crises. Over…

White Center Cooling Station helps dozens of people “chill out” during local heat wave

As record high temperatures rocked King County, soaring over 100 degrees, King County opened a cooling center and overnight shelter in White Center to offer local residents respite from the heat. Located in the Top Hat neighborhood at 206 SW 112th Street, the White Center Cooling Station opened on Saturday afternoon, June 26 through Wednesday…

Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program: Keeping people safe and stable in their homes

Even as the number of new COVID cases in our region goes down, another crisis is looming. The economic downturn brought on by the lingering pandemic has left tens of thousands of individuals and families unable to pay rent and living on the brink of homelessness. To meet as much of this need as possible,…

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PSTAA Implementation is Underway!

We know that a good education is critical for success; however, in our region, too many miss out on opportunities because of persistent, systemic inequities. We also know that over the past year, education has been severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in terms of access, quality, and equitable supports. For these reasons…

“No Health Without Mental Health”: Resources to Support Mental Health & Well-being in Our Community

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Public Health are teaming up to share resources and communicate the importance of mental health to overall health.

King County Releases a New Dashboard to Help Region Track Affordable Housing Efforts

One of the stumbling blocks for collective action around affordable housing in King County has been the lack of accessible and consistent data. The new King County Regional Affordable Housing Dashboard fills that gap. This is the region’s first countywide dashboard to monitor key affordable indicators and reflects work by dozens of policy staff, data…