Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter

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Feb. 26, 2018

Please forward to your sub grantees and contact your OFAH grant manager if you have any questions.

Coming Soon: Rapid Re-Housing Performance Dashboard

Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter

To support Goal 2 of the Homeless Housing Strategic Plan, the Office of Family and Adult Homelessness (OFAH) committed to publish project-level performance data quarterly. We are working on the first report, which will include performance data on all Rapid Re-Housing programs in the Washington Balance of State Continuum of Care. Lead grantees will receive an email soon with information about the upcoming Rapid Re-Housing Performance Dashboard and instructions about how to check data quality in preparation for publication. Please contact Emily Burgess with questions:

Updated Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) Guidelines

Lead CHG grantees will soon receive updated grant guidelines. These will also be updated on our website very soon at:

Point-in-Time Count 2018

Thanks to communities across the state for their hard work during the 2018 Point-in-Time count! Data entry is due to be complete on Feb. 28. Contact Ian Kinder-Pyle with questions:

Washington State Coordinated Entry Guidelines

Commerce has released the Washington State Coordinated Entry Guidelines incorporating new HUD guidance with existing state requirements. The OFAH staff will be scheduling a webinar in March to go over the guidelines. Stay tuned for more information, and contact your grant manager with any questions. 

Office of Homeless Youth

Myths vs. Facts

Myths and Facts

Myth: The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) grant  limits the ability to provide case management to HEN clients.

Fact: There is no cap or limit on the amount of HEN funding that can be used for HEN program operations, which includes program staffing. Grantees should adequately fund HEN operations to  assist HEN clients in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. However, HEN administrative costs are capped at 7 percent of the HEN budget.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and 811 Programs Update

Reporting Season for HOPWA Project Sponsors


Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) project sponsors are in the midst of compiling an annual report for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), due March 31. The report details program performance and unmet need. The five project sponsors report nearly 200 potentially eligible households have gone unserved for lack of resources.  It is unclear whether this will translate into additional funding. For more information, contact HOPWA and 811 grants manager Jeff Spring at

Section 811 Continuing to Grow

Commerce continues to welcome the newest participants in the HUD Section 811 program. The most recent project to come online is Santos Place in Seattle. The project added eight new units to the growing list of subsidized housing for non-elderly persons with a disabling condition who are able to live independently. The next project to come online later this year is Nueva Vista II in Kennewick, which will add five additional units of subsidized housing.

Seeking Trainers for Homeless Service Providers

Commerce is committed to ensuring our grantee homeless service providers have access to training. Through June 2019, we will be providing free Trauma Informed Services and Mental Health First Aid training around the state. If you know of qualified trainers to fill these roles, point them to the Commerce website for contracting opportunities in Mental Health First Aid and Trauma Informed Care.

Congratulations to Matt Mazur-Hart

We are excited to announce that Matt Mazur-Hart is the new Balance of State Continuum of Care ( BoS CoC) program manager in the Housing Assistance Unit.  Matt will help with a variety of BoS CoC collaborative applicant responsibilities, including the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program ( application. He has managed a variety of federal and state grants at Commerce, and will take that knowledge to the BoS as they continue to incorporate best practices and broad collaboration into their work.


National Alliance to End Homelessness Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions for Low-Barrier Shelters

The NAEH recently hosted a webinar addressing the most frequently asked questions and concerns around low-barrier shelters. The webinar and slides are available here. NAEH has additional resources through the Emergency Shelter Learning Series at

Behavioral Health Benefits Book

The Behavioral Health Benefits Book provides information on the services available through Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs)

Upcoming Events

Fair Housing Trainings

The Northwest Fair Housing Alliance offers webinars and an annual conference. Find out more here and register for the upcoming webinars listed below.

Fair Housing and Assistance Animals

Learn when assistance animals needed for disabilities must be allowed in housing. Review of the process to request a reasonable accommodation for an assistance animal, the verification that a housing provider may request, and the rules that may be applied to assistance animals once admitted to housing. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Multiple Dates Available!   
March 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. PST. Register now!

Fair Housing Basics

An overview of federal and Washington state fair housing laws, including protected classes, fair housing rights and responsibilities, reasonable accommodation procedures and examples and the administrative complaint process. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Multiple Dates Available! 
March 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. PST. Register now!

Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Training

The HMIS Team offers ongoing training for new and current HMIS users. Find information on the Commerce website on the HMIS page here: or contact Maylee Stevenson at

Housing First Partners Conference

Housing First Partners Conference

Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) and Pathways Housing First Institute have opened registration for the Housing First Partners Conference, April 9 – 12, 2018 in Denver, Colo. Information available here:

National Human Services Data Consortium

National Human Services Data Consortium

The National Human Services Data Consortium Spring 2018 Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Penn. April 18 - 19. Find out additional information at