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January 18, 2017


Seattle/King County Awarded $5.4 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Friday, January 13th, the ten communities selected as part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). Seattle-King County’s Continuum of Care, All Home, was awarded $5.4 million to support a wide range of housing programs to accelerate our community’s progress in preventing and ending youth homelessness.

“In receiving this first-ever grant through the new Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, King County and Seattle have proven that their innovative, inclusive approach to addressing youth homelessness deserves nationwide recognition, and I’m proud to be able to help them further expand their efforts with this significant award,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Their strong plan, which includes lasting partnerships between government, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations, relies on recommendations from young people who have experienced homelessness themselves. This should help ensure that these programs are as effective as possible and bring us closer to the goal of ending youth homelessness. There are thousands of young people in the Seattle area who are struggling to find stable housing and will now be able to receive the extra boost they need to get back on track.”

Since 2011, Seattle-King County has been engaged in systemic, regional efforts to prevent and end youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness. By coming together to identify gaps, invest in innovative programs and strategies, and implement system improvements, such as prevention, employment, coordinated entry and rapid rehousing for young adults, King County has a strong foundation to address youth homelessness.

“All Home’s work has played an important role in working to combat homelessness in King County. This grant announcement means All Home will be able to invest in innovative new programs and strategies to help end homelessness for youth and young adults. For young people, a stable home is critical to reaching their full potential,” said Senator Maria Cantwell.

Through YHDP, Seattle-King County will implement and expand on key strategies including deepened partnerships with public systems to ensure youth do not exit to homelessness, family engagement and other forms of diversion, stronger behavioral health supports and a coordinated response for under 18 youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“This announcement is great news for homeless youth and young adults in King County,” said Mark Putnam, Director of All Home. “These funds will be used to house all homeless youth and young adults quickly, eliminate the vast disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, and ensure youth do not become homeless again. We are thrilled that our innovative approach and our strong partnerships have been acknowledged through this award.”

USICH Releases Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

After a collaborative development process that included numerous opportunities for input and guidance from stakeholders, communities, and national organizations, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and its federal partners released the criteria and benchmarks for achieving the goal of ending family homelessness and youth homelessness.

Review the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Family Homelessness

Review the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Youth Homelessness 

More guidance and tools to support the use of these criteria and benchmarks will be forthcoming in the near future.

Count Us In: Paid Guide Positions Available


Friday, January 27, 2017 is Count Us In, the King County Point in Time (PIT) Count for all populations!

Guides: We believe the best way to conduct a count is to engage those experiencing homelessness in King County, drawing from their lived experience to gather the most accurate data possible. These "guides" will lead a team of volunteers and other guides through census tracts on the day of the count.

In addition to having lived experience with homelessness, guides must be at least 18 years of age and able to walk 2-3 miles, if necessary. Guides will be paid $15.00/hour. The primary duty of this position is to lead volunteers throughout King County, thus people who want to work as guides should have an intimate knowledge of a specific neighborhood or community located in King County, and feel comfortable leading and interacting with a team. Guides must be available on January 27, 2017 for the Count, and able to attend a 1-hour guide training in the weeks leading to the event (total time commitment of 5-6 hours).

If you are interested in being a guide or are able to help us recruit guides, please contact us at

Volunteers: We are no longer accepting volunteers for count teams in the City of Seattle. We are accepting volunteers for other areas of King County, especially Kent, Renton, Auburn and Federal Way. To learn more or sign up as a volunteer click here.

Training: Several training options will be available to prepare volunteers and guides for the count. Online training for volunteers and guides is now available: In person trainings are now being offered. In person trainings are required for guides and encouraged for volunteers. 

Regional Headquarters: volunteers and guides will meet at 7 locations around King County to receive materials and a refresher training. Volunteers will be notified of their assigned headquarters location in mid-January.

Regional headquarters and training information is available here

All Home Capacity Building Activities

All Home is committed to support system transformation efforts through relevant capacity building activities. The full Capacity Building Plan can be found on our website, here. All learning opportunities can be found on our calendar, here.

If you are offering a training and want to get the word out or have a specific training need or recommendation for All Home, please contact Triina Van.

Best Practices in Emergency Shelter Workshop

Brought to you by All Home and the City of Seattle Human Services Department, this training delivered by national experts from the National Alliance to End Homelessness focuses on how emergency shelters can align with a Housing First approach, lower barriers to entry, and develop programmatic practices that support clients exiting back to housing more quickly so that they do not return to homelessness. Through a mix of presentation, activities, and group work, participants will be asked to think critically about their role in the homelessness system and evaluate how their policies and procedures help or hinder quick exits to permanent housing.

Audience: Executive and Program Directors, case managers, and other front line shelter staff

Date/Time: Monday, February 6, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST

Please register here.

Up-Coming 2017 Learning Opportunities: Details to be Announced Shortly

Behavioral Health and Homelessness Cross-Training

Critical Time Intervention

A Housing First System (part 2)

Property Management and Service Delivery Round Table

Racial Equity and Social Justice Forum

Rapid Re-Housing

Trauma-Informed Care

Partner Trainings

The National Alliance to End Homelessness Rapid Re-housing Webinars

2/8/17 | 1:00pm EST | Making Rapid Re-housing Part of Your System

2/14/17 | 1:00pm EST | Rapid Re-housing Households with Zero Income

2017 Fair Housing Workshops for Housing Providers: King County Office of Civil Rights

Next Fair Housing Training:

2/15/17 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | First Steps – Best Practices to Promote Fair Housing | Register Here

2/15/17 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm | Advanced Fair Housing Seminar | Register Here

Cross Agency Systems Training (CAST) for Adults and Child/Youth Services: King County Behavioral Health Recovery Division

Learn whom each system serves, goals of each program, services available to consumers, and how to access these services.  Systems represented include: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Crisis Services, Child Welfare, Parent Supports, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health Courts, and more. Register here:

Next CAST Training:

CAST for Adults | 3/9/17 and 8/2/17

CAST for Children | 5/11/17 and 10/4/17

Financial Coaching for Prosperity

Financial Coaching for Prosperity is a nationally recognized training program and toolkit for case managers and other front line staff to learn effective coaching methods and the financial concepts they can use in everyday client interactions. This 4-day training is all in person and highly experiential. Whether staff work in a small nonprofit or large state agency, our financial coaching training will prepare staff to have financial conversations with individuals from diverse communities experiencing poverty for powerful outcomes.

Location: Seattle (Perkins Coie Offices)
Times: 4 day, in-person training (across two weeks)

Feb. 1 and 2: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Feb. 14 and 15: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Register here

In the Cold: Poetry Ready and Film Screening

In the Cold

More information here. 

Plymouth Housing Group Job Opportunities

Plymouth Housing Group is a non-profit located in Downtown Seattle which provides permanent supportive housing to people who have been homeless. To view all job openings and apply online, visit:

  • Accounting Manager - The Accounting Manager is responsible for the accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) processes for the organization.
  • Corporate Citizenship Manager - The Corporate Citizenship Manager supports the Senior Development & Events Manager and Resource Development department in building relationships with, expanding outreach to, developing strategy for, and soliciting and securing sponsorship funding from local, state, and national businesses and corporations.
  • Community Engagement Coordinator - The Community Engagement Coordinator oversees Plymouth’s volunteer program, focusing on individual volunteer engagement, special projects and event involvement.
  • Property Coordinator – Scattered Sites Program - Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Property Coordinator completes initial and annual Housing Quality Standards inspections throughout King County for 220 units subsidized by the Scattered Sites rental assistance program.
  • Building Manager (Live-Out) - The Building Manager is responsible for managing building and program operations, providing effective, safe day-to-day operations for staff and tenants in the building and performing property management tasks.
  • Maintenance Technician II - The Maintenance Technician II assists with residential unit turnovers and performs maintenance repairs on building systems at all Plymouth Housing Group buildings.