Office of Family and Adult Homelessness

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Jan. 14, 2021

Happy New Year – OFAH has high hopes for 2021!

Our vision that no person is left living outside is still foremost in our minds and hearts!

Commerce Rent Assistance Programs – weekly calls

Please plan to join us each week to learn more about the current/extended Eviction Rent Assistance Program (ERAP), the new U.S. Treasury Rent Assistance Program and hear about potential new state funds.

Recording from meeting on Jan. 14 are on our web page here.

Register for the following webinars:


New Coronavirus Relief Fund includes $510 million for Washington state emergency rental assistance

The new federal relief dollars for Washington state will be administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Commerce is reviewing the federal COVID-19 relief bill in order to develop program guidance with the goal to launch the grants no later than March 1. Join the weekly Commerce Rent Assistance Program calls to keep up with the latest developments.


2021 Point in Time Count

The 2021 annual Point in Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness in Washington state will be on the night of Thursday, Jan. 28. This year we will be conducting the sheltered count only. There will be no statewide unsheltered count.

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Steps states can take to help break down housing barriers for Native communities

Washington state is working with Tribes and Native organizations to expand their access to government funded programs and to involve them in the development of critical social services. 

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Online training available at your convenience

Self-directed training and certificates are available at your convenience on the following topics:

  • Housing First
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Progressive Engagement
  • Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Introduction to Problem Solving (Diversion)
  • Landlord Engagement in Rapid Rehousing

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Questions? Contact Us!

Contact Us

Grant managers:

Jessica Simon jessica.simon@commerce.wa.govs

Julie Montgomery

Kathryn Dodge

Megan Kendig

Sarah Harrison

Grant Coordinator

Kim Murillo

Training Coordinator& BVS Specialist

Linda Terry