Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter

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May 1, 2019

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

Updated Coordinated Entry Guidelines Released

Commerce released an updated version of the Coordinated Entry (CE) Guidelines in March. This version provides more “plain talk,” examples and clear prompts on whether a policy and/or procedure is needed to meet the requirements of each section. You can find the latest version of the CE Guidelines by visiting our OFAH webpage.

Along with the release of the guidelines, OFAH also provided a webinar to highlight changes in the requirements and answer questions. You can view the recording here.

New funding opportunities with the Office of Homeless Youth

The Office of Homeless Youth (OHY) is excited to announce the release of four Requests for Proposals to address youth and young adult homelessness across the state. (Note: All awards contingent upon final 2019-21 budget appropriations.)

  1. OHY Core Program grants
  2. Systems of Care grants
  3. Anchor Community Initiative grants
  4. Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grants

For more information on OHY funding opportunities and how to apply, visit the OHY website here. First time applying for funding from OHY? Check out our OHY Procurement 101 Webinar here.

DSHS Mobile Community Service Office (CSO)

Did you know you can request a Mobile Community Service Office (CSO) visit in your service area? You can find schedules for east and west sides of the state and more information at this link. You can also follow its Facebook page for notices and messaging. 

The Mobile CSO is on the road to reach new clients and improve customer service. Rural households who find the trip to their local CSO too far to travel may have services roll into their hometown. Department of Social and Health Services’  (DSHS) two 40-foot trucks transform into functioning offices - each vehicle includes a reception area, interview stations, and a sun shade for protection from the elements or extra space, and a mechanical lift as an option for access instead of the stairs.

Each Mobile CSO unit is staffed by experienced program specialists who are able to determine financial eligibility for the cash and food assistance programs. Specialists process new applications, reviews and changes for active cases; issue EBT cards and receive documents. Applications for the Child Care Subsidy Program will be forwarded to that unit for processing. The Mobile CSO specialists also determine eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs and Aged, Blind or Disabled Medicaid.

Myth vs. Fact

Myth: Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) rental assistance is a “light touch” intervention with little to no case management.

Fact: Like all Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) funding, HEN must serve clients using a progressive engagement service model. Some clients may only need a light touch while others may require more support.

See the CHG Guidelines Section 6.1.3 to learn more about the components of a progressive engagement model.

Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

Equity Corner

“The nonprofit sector must make systemic changes to ensure a fair and supportive workplace environment for all nonprofit workers, particularly women of color.” - Race to Lead: An Initiative of Building Movement Project by Ofronama Biu Feb. 2019 p. 30

Working in the nonprofit sector can be both challenging and rewarding, but women of color may find it more challenging than rewarding. Race to Lead recently completed a 40-page report detailing their key findings of data collected from over 4,000 women of color with experience in the nonprofit sector. Read the full report and the important ways to turn the tide here.

Wish to learn more about skills and strategies to address structural racism and advancing racial equity? Check out these upcoming trainings provided by Race Forward: the Center for Racial Justice Innovation.