Health Through Housing to Bring More Housing to the Region in the Coming Months

Health Through Housing is an initiative to rapidly acquire up to 1,600 units of affordable housing for residents experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness while reducing racial-ethnic disproportionality. We’ve acquired nearly 1,000 units for at-risk and chronically homeless residents—housing that is dignified, connected, and service-enriched.  The initiative reached a new milestone last month when…

King County Processing Remaining EPRAP Applications and Conducting Audit of Payments

Leo Flor, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services Since 2020, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and a broad coalition of community organizations have distributed $318.5 million in payments to thousands of households across King County as part of the Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (EPRAP). The size and growth…

New Countywide Survey Shows Underinvestment in Human Services, Lack of Sustainable Wages in the Nonprofit Sector

By Leon Richardson, Director, Adult Services Division Community-based, human services providers play a critical role in addressing the most pressing issues we face as a region—providing shelter and supportive housing, behavioral health treatment, legal system alternatives, and case management in King County. The pandemic, and the nationwide racial reckoning further underscore the integral role of…

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…

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…

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…