Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter

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Aug. 23, 2018

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Youth and Young Adult Access in Coordinated Entry

Thousands of homeless youth in Washington go to sleep without safety, stability and support of a family or a home. Coordinated Entry is designed to provide the quickest access to the most appropriate housing to every household experiencing homelessness through a standardized assessment and referral process. There is concern the young adult population may be overlooked while Coordinated Entry is prioritizing the unsheltered populations. We want to ensure young adults experiencing homelessness and Coordinated Entry providers are aware of local resources. This link provides information on young adult shelter and housing programs. 

*Please note: this list consists of agencies contracted with Department of Commerce only, and there may be additional options available to young adults. 

Myths vs. Facts

Myth: All clients on Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) receive a cash benefit of $197 per month.

Fact: The cash benefit to ABD recipients may vary based on an individual’s income and housing assistance need. The standard payment from Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to ABD clients is $197 per month. Individuals who are housed and have no housing costs (for example, are staying with friends or family and do not need to pay rent) receive a reduced benefit of $120 per month. This means that in almost all instances, individuals enrolled in ABD and receiving Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) rent assistance from housing providers should be receiving the full $197 cash benefit from DSHS because they owe rent to a third party.

HEN service providers are encouraged to contact a local social services supervisor if they believe a client is not receiving the correct cash benefit amount. 

Housing and Essential Needs Survey Report