Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter - July 2020

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July 8, 2020

It’s not enough to just agree with the idea of equity

The Office of Adult and Family Homelessness is recommitting to an anti-racist homeless housing administration. We want an equitable system and that means we must be persistent in our examination of how our current actions harm people, and then work to institutionalize new policies and practices. Staff took one step last year and workshopped the characteristics of white supremacy culture from “Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change.” We are thinking about how our workplace norms around “urgency,” “quantity of quality,” “fear of open conflict” translate into the program work we deliver to grantees.

We want you to know we are on this transformational journey with you!

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Thank you!

We know there is a lot coming your way right now and that you are working tirelessly to serve your communities while also caring for yourselves and your families. Thank you for the dedication you have shown to this work and to those who are unhoused in your communities. We appreciate you!

Program funding update

Below is an update on OFAH program funding for state fiscal year 2021. Make sure to check out the program web pages for additional information and updates.

Housing & Essential Needs budget amendments to Consolidated Homeless Grants $19,803,334
July 1 start date

HOME-Tenant Based Rental Assistance budget amendments $3,475,927
July 1 start date

COVID-19 County Emergency Housing Grants $30 million

Grant ends Sept.30

New Coordinated Entry Diversion Program (non-local gov’t)

$1 million
Awards announced July 15
Start date Aug. 1

New Shelter Program
(local gov’t only)

$40 million
Applications due July 17
Start date Aug. 1

New CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG CV)

Start date July 15

Est. $46 million
Anticipated start date Aug. 15

Eviction Rent Assistance Program
Public Comment through July 13
$100 million
Anticipated start date Aug 1
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BoS Racial Equity Subcommittee feature

By Amanda Ford

Together, let us acknowledge Washington States' Tribal Nations, people and sovereignty, on whose ancient and sacred land we live, work and play on. We must recognize the ever-present systemic inequities that derive from past wrongdoings and commit ourselves indefinitely to respecting and reconciling this long history of injustice. Let us honor their culture and elders past, present and future. We must unite in this commitment to reconciliation and truth telling and amplify our history so we can own our part in the story. Without that component, we cannot write a brave new ending.

The BoS CoC Racial Equity Subcommittee is a safe and inclusive online community committed to discussing and normalizing white supremacy and root causes that directly impact our houseless neighbors and communities so that we can dismantle those norms and create equitable and anti-racist systems. This online community meets through a monthly webinar. Our goal in community is to further the conversation through education and expert presentations to address the systemic, institutional racism and implicit, explicit bias within our own communities in Washington State and within ourselves.

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Commerce will be closed for furloughs in July

In keeping with Governor Inslee’s furlough directive to help the state reduce costs and weather the economic fallout of the pandemic, Commerce will be closed on the following Fridays: July 10, July 17 and July 24.

Family resources

DCYF’s Family Support Programs division has developed a resource guide to help parents and caregivers navigate the increased demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Washington State Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Caring for Your Family During COVID-19 is a compilation of information and resources to help bolster the resilience of parents and families.

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New online training available

Visit the OFAH training web page to see the new online training videos.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Housing First
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Progressive Engagements for Programs and Systems
  • Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Introduction to Diversion/Problem Solving
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In-person training moving to new virtual platforms

We are excited to let you know that the Trauma-Informed Services, Mental Health First Aid, Racial Equity and LGBTQ+ Competency training will resume later this summer – online. All of the trainers are working to adapt their curricula to a new platform and are excited to make these available for you. This approach will also allow for much more flexibility as participants will not need to travel and will have more choice about when they attend.

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Washington State Health Care Authority mental health resources

Questions? Contact us

Grant Managers

Jessica Simon

Julie Montgomery

Kathryn Dodge

Megan Kendig

Sarah Harrison

Grant Coordinator

Kim Murillo

Training & Benefits Verification System Coordinator

Linda Terry

OFAH Program Director

Kathy Kinard