New Funding Opportunity: $5 million to support equitable, community-driven affordable housing in the Skyway-West Hill (SWH) neighborhood 

King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for community-driven affordable housing projects located in the Skyway-West Hill neighborhood (SWH). The Skyway $5 million Fund for Affordable Housing Requests for Proposals (RFP) is now open!   This RFP is the result of years of community organizing. Skyway advocates worked with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to successfully secure $5…

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…

New Auburn Isolation and Quarantine Site Opens as Omicron Cases Rise  

As the highly infectious Omicron variant spreads at a rapid rate across the state, and cases in King County tripled from the highest peak seen previously in the pandemic, we expect a continued upward trend in January. King County urges people to prepare and take the necessary precautions to slow the spread, and as part of the overarching effort by the County to help reduce transmission and keep our hospital beds available for people with acute…

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…

New Analysis of Integrated Data Provides a Clearer Representation of People Experiencing Homelessness 

DCHS Data Insights SeriesKing County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is committed to leveraging data to inform program and investment decisions that meet our mission of providing equitable opportunities for King County’s residents to be happy, healthy, and connected to community. Over the past five years, DCHS, in collaboration with other King County agency partners, has made significant investments in modernizing our data systems, collecting more…

Over $82 million rent assistance paid to date to keep individuals and families safely housed

Another $9.4 million went out the doors of the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) last week, bringing the new total to $82.7 million so far in 2021. This is in addition to more than $37 million paid to support households throughout King County in 2020. Community providers and county staff continue to work…