Strong community effort disburses $74M in rent assistance in November and December to bring 2021 total payments over $148M

Thanks to dedicated work on the part of local community-based agencies and King County staff, Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) payments for rent assistance accelerated in November and December, preventing eviction and possible homelessness for thousands of individuals and families at risk due to COVID-related health and financial challenges.   Total expended from January-December 2021 was $148.8 million. Including EPRAP support…

Temporary overnight sobering support shelter opening in Yesler Building

Stepping in to fill a critical need, the King County Yesler Building will provide a temporary home for King County’s Sobering Support Shelter beginning Friday evening, January 7. The shelter will be overnight only from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. seven days a week, providing health-supervised shelter for up to 35 people per night. King…

Governor Inslee Recognizes Willowcrest Townhomes in Renton 

An innovative homeownership development—Willowcrest Townhomes, the 12-unit project developed by Homestead Community Land Trust, received the prestigious Smart Communities Award from Governor Inslee last week at a Renton City Council meeting.   The Smart Communities Awards program recognizes local governments and their partners each year for work implementing the state's Growth Management Act. Willowcrest Townhomes is an example of creativity, innovation, and foresight coming together to form affordable homeownership…

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Upcoming RFQ for Language Access Providers

In December King County anticipates launching a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for language access providers interested in working with King County departments to deliver any of the following services: Verbal language interpretationAmerican Sign Language (ASL) and other sign languagesCommunication Access Real-Time Transcription (CART) captioning King County intends to award contracts to multiple vendors from this…

Rising to the Challenge: Affordable Housing Committee Progress in 2020

The King County Affordable Housing Committee (AHC or Committee) 2020 annual report was released today, providing a snapshot of regional progress made last year to advance housing affordability solutions. In a year marked by housing instability and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this advisory body of 19 elected, nonprofit, and business leaders marched…

PSTAA Update: New Revenue Forecast 

Sound Transit recently released updated revenue projections for the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Act (PSTAA) fund. Due to delays in Sound Transit-3 (ST3)-related construction projects, the fund’s budget is being revised to reflect a significant reduction of projected PSTAA revenues between 2021 and 2029.    A sales and use tax collected from ST3 construction activity funds PSTAA. Construction…