Office of Family and Adult Homelessness Newsletter - October 2020

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Oct. 7, 2020

Disability, Unemployment and Homelessness – Program Support

By Peter Tassoni - Disabilities Workgroup Manager

Homeless service providers are well aware that Washington has the fifth-highest prevalence of homelessness in the nation, with 9,600 people living unsheltered and more than 11,000 people living in temporary homeless housing. Did you also know that 12.9% of Washington's residents, 942,318 individuals, live with a disability? Add to that the pre and post-pandemic unemployment rates, and the impact on a person's life can be overwhelming.

Commerce sponsors two financial programs that can help people with disabilities avoid homelessness.

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New 2021 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) posted

Please make sure to start using the new FMRs!

Recovery Homes in Washington

Recovery housing is the next step for a long-term safe environment for people who have completed treatment or for anyone who cannot afford treatment so they can learn to live their life sober. Learn more about Recovery Homes in Washington by attending this webinar. 

Click here for more details. 

If you would like to be part of the Recovery Houses Stakeholder workgroup, which meets quarterly, please reach out to Kira Schneider at

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New grant opportunity for victim services in Black communities

The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy is accepting applications to help address emergent victim service needs in the Black community. This is an open, ongoing funding opportunity. Staff will review applications as they are received. The funding opportunity will remain open as long as funds are available.

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Commerce furloughs for fall 2020

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 Friday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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Online Trainings available at your convenience

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


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