Office of Adult and Family Homelessness

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jan. 9, 2020

Help people claim their stimulus payment

People who are homeless or transient may not know they qualify for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payments (EIP) — also called “stimulus checks" — that went out last spring. They might also get an additional $500 for each qualifying child, and they don’t need an income to claim the payment. That’s why the FTC is working with the IRS to get the word out about how people can still collect their money, and we need your help.

If you know anyone who doesn’t have a permanent address (or someone who isn’t aware that they might qualify for a payment), here’s what they need to know:

The deadline to enter a claim for payment is Nov. 21, 2020.

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Washington State Health Care Authority is seeking feedback from people with lived experience in homelessness and more

The Health Care Authority is looking for people with lived experience in homelessness to help co-design better transition practices. They will be exploring the current state of treatment transitions, what is missing, and identify new ways of moving forward to stable housing.

They are specifically looking for families, providers, and young adult’s ages 18 to 25 with lived experiences of homelessness and inpatient behavioral health treatment. Individuals who want to participate can do so via small groups, interviews, or by taking a survey. Participants ages 18 to 25 will receive a one-time virtual gift card with a value of $25 for an interview and $10 for filling out a survey.

If you are working with households who might want to participate, you can direct them to the survey links below, or contact Sazi Wald at or (360) 790-4560.

Survey links:

  • Adult lived experts age 26-35 survey

If you work with people with lived experience, your feedback in important too. Please consider responding to one of these surveys.

Housing not handcuffs

Being homeless is not a crime; how we treat people experiencing homelessness is

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty tracks laws and significant trends that punish people experiencing homelessness. They recently released a report that describes why some policies are harmful and illegal with several key findings, including how ineffective and costly these are to local governments.

Share this report with your board members, staff and local stakeholders to start a conversation on how to change policies that criminalize homelessness in your community.

Online training available at your convenience

Self-directed training and certificates are accessible at your convenience on our training webpage.

Washington State Health Care Authority  mental health resources

Questions? Contact Us!

Contact Us

Consolidated Homeless Grant and HOME TBRA Grant Manager

Jessica Simon

Emergency Solutions Grant, Systems Demonstration Grant and Homeless Student Stability Grant Manager

Julie Montgomery

Consolidated Homeless Grant and HOME TBRA Grant Manager

Kathryn Dodge 

HSSP Program Manager

Megan Kendig

Consolidated Homeless Grant and HOME TBRA Grant Manager

Sarah Harrison

Training and Benefits Verification System Coordinator

Danielle Rylander

Training Coordinator& BVS Specialist

Linda Terry