Looking back: Supporting King County’s communities in 2021

Last year, 2021, was a busy year in the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). Staff and community partners launched a new program to help house homeless veterans, provided a safe place to isolate and quarantine from COVID-19, moved residents into the first Health Through Housing Hotel, ran two mass vaccination sites, provided rent…

Important Update on EPRAP Program in King County  

Program Status Due to a lack of available funds, the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP) is no longer accepting new applications through the EPRAP registration process as of last night, at 11:59 p.m. King County provided notice of the anticipated closure of the registration process to new applicants on February 14.   King…

DCHS Director Names Jackie Moynahan as Interim Division Director of the Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division 

Jackie Moynahan (she/her) is now Interim Division Director of the Housing, Homelessness and Community Development Division (HHCDD). In this role, she oversees efforts around community development, creating and preserving affordable and special needs housing, housing repair programs, and programs providing housing stability support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  HHCDD is committed to increasing housing stability and developing strong communities. The division strives…

Rent assistance partners have a record week, debut new dashboard!

One month in to 2022, the pace continues to accelerate as community-based organizations and County staff work hard to complete pending applications for assistance through the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP). In fact, the partners just celebrated the biggest payout week ever, distributing over $14 million in rent assistance payments to over 1,200…

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…