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February 22, 2017


The Intersection between Race and Homelessness

Homelessness is inextricably linked to racism. In fact, homelessness can be seen as a symptom of structural racism. In King County, nearly two thirds of people experiencing homelessness are people and families of color.

“Homelessness is not a social issue. It is not a research question to be studied. And it is certainly not a type of person: someone who ends up on the streets through a series of bad choices or personal flaws. Instead, homelessness mirrors everything that is broken in our society. It reflects our biases, our meanness, our lack of compassion and our views of each other as fellow human beings…”

  -  Jeff Olivet, CEO of the Center for Social Innovation

Our strategic plan to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time in King County also seeks to eliminate racial disparities. We know that addressing homelessness includes having difficult conversations about race and that truly ending homelessness will require bold action, from all of us, to create meaningful change in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. All Home is committed to racial justice and in an effort to create a culture in which we can talk frankly about race, we invite you, our partners, to attend an event focused on our continued efforts to end homelessness and build racial equity:

Save the Date: March 22, 2017 for a Racial Equity & Homelessness Summit

As part of the All Home Capacity Building Plan, please join us for this day of learning, discussion and action. While homelessness is often the breakdown and failure of many systems and safety nets, the homelessness system can either perpetuate racism or it can disrupt it. Regardless of your official role or title, you can make an impact to:

  • Identify how you can be an agent of change
  • Improve the quality of services you provide to people of color
  • Orient your organization and programming around racial equity

More details will be shared soon. 

All Home Coordinating Board Meeting and Updated Data Dashboards


The next All Home Coordinating Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st. Full details and materials are available on the All Home website. All Coordinating Board meetings are open to the public and allow time at the beginning and end of the agenda for public comment. Attendance is encouraged.

The Board will be reviewing Quarter 4 data on system-level rare, brief and one-time measures, overall system performance, rapid re-housing and Coordinated Entry for All

King County Severe Weather Shelter

The Severe Weather Shelter will be open WEDNESDAY Night February 22nd through FRIDAY Night February 24th, at the King County Administration Building located at 500 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The shelter serves adult men over the age of 18 from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. 

People may go directly to the shelter, referral forms are NOT required. The program is an emergency, mat on floor shelter operated by Salvation Army staff. For additional information, please call 206-263-9089 during business hours.  

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray 2017 State of the City


Yesterday, City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray delivered the annual State of the City Address with a focus on homelessness:

“We declared a state of emergency. We pledged that by the end of this year, we would bring 500 unsheltered families off the streets and indoors. We budgeted 108 million dollars for homelessness services combined over the last two years, more than under any mayor in Seattle history. These are big steps. But as anyone can see from the dystopian scenes on the streets and the disarray on our sidewalks, and as those who are living in unsafe encampments and outside can attest themselves: This has not been enough.”

Mayor Murray outlined bold actions to address the homelessness crisis including:

  • Activating the Emergency Operations Center, traditionally used only during severe storms, major events and natural disasters, to help the people whose lives have been upended by this homelessness disaster with urgency and a laser focus to the humanitarian crisis in our city.
  • Doubling the City of Seattle’s spending on homelessness, raising an additional 55 million dollars per year, paid for by an increase in the commercial and residential property tax with an invitation to Seattle City Council to join community leaders to help qualify this property tax measure for the August ballot.
  • A challenge to Seattle’s business community to raise 25 million dollars over the next five years focused on disruptive innovations that will get more homeless individuals and families into housing.

In addition to a commitment to the homelessness crisis response system, Mayor Murray emphasized the importance of housing affordability,

Last month, Mercy Othello Plaza, a new affordable housing development near the Othello light rail station, received nearly 2,100 applications in a lottery for just 108 available units. The choice to live in Seattle should not be decided by a lottery. We need to build more housing. And we need to build more affordable housing.”

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) sets the City of Seattle on a path to building 20,000 new affordable homes in the next ten years, three times what would be expected without these policies. With the doubled Seattle Housing Levy and full passage of the Mandatory Housing Affordability Program, Seattle is on pace to more than triple their funding for affordable housing compared to 2012-2013.

FareStart and Amazon Partner on Job Training Program

FareStart announced last week that it is partnering with Amazon to launch an innovative job training program to help people in entry level foodservice jobs gain additional skills needed to earn a higher income. Amazon is donating space and equipment to help the organization launch a new foodservice apprenticeship program to help people living in poverty obtain higher income jobs. The in-kind donation will also bring five new eateries to Seattle, which will serve as a training ground for the new program.

The eateries, which will be located on Amazon’s campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood at Boren, Thomas, Fairview and Harrison, will be operated by FareStart and open to the public. There will be a full service restaurant, three fast casual outlets, a coffee shop and catering venue. They are expected to open in late summer of 2017.

Institute of Global Homelessness – Call for Presentations

The Institute of Global Homelessness will hold its second biennial conference from June 5 – 6, 2017 in Chicago. The conference, Ending Street Homelessness in your City, seeks to equip attendees with the tools necessary to drive toward an end to street homelessness. This includes a clear vision of what an end to street homelessness looks like, strategies for measuring progress, and approaches to the most difficult political and practical challenges cities face in working toward this goal.  Ending Street Homelessness in your City will include workshops along three tracks: (1) goal-setting, measurement and research; (2) approaches to policy and practice challenges; and (3) homelessness and public health and is currently seeking proposals for any of these tracks.

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 (re-scheduled due to snow)

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.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST

Register here.

Best Practices in Rapid Re-Housing 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 brings together research and best practices on rapid re-housing with innovative and emerging strategies from successful rapid re-housing programs around the country. Participants will gain an understanding of the three core components of rapid re-housing: housing identification, financial assistance, and case management and services, as well as practical strategies for implementation. Facilitators will help participants tackle tough questions such as recruiting landlords in a challenging housing market and re-housing households with high barriers.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST

Register here.

Partner Trainings

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

Bitfocus Clarity General Trainings

Register for specific dates and times at:

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

United Way’s Community Resource Exchange


United Way of King County’s Community Resource Exchange is almost here! This is a day that shows we care; a day that connects people experiencing homelessness with essential items and services – dental checks, haircuts, new shoes, a care package, a hot meal, and so much more. This year the Exchange will be held on Thursday, March 9th from 9am to 2pm at CenturyLink Field. Questions? Contact Taylor Wells at

All Home Job Opportunity

We are currently hiring a Project Manager to support the implementation of the All Home Strategic Plan, specifically including:

  • Leading across systems to develop effective discharge planning, preventing exits to homelessness from jails, hospitals, and other institutions,
  • Collaborating with housing authorities and other housing partners to increase housing opportunities for those moving on, or graduating from, supportive housing, and
  • Ongoing community engagement to increase awareness and support for making homelessness rare, brief, and one-time.

To learn more and to apply, visit

Accelerator YMCA Job Opportunity

Accelerator YMCA is hiring a Program Director for YV LifeSet, a clinical evidence-based case management program, aimed at helping 18-21 year olds who have been in foster care with intense support.  

Pierce County Job Opportunity

Pierce County is currently hiring for a Homeless Housing Program Evaluation Specialist 2 to conduct data analysis and impact evaluation for the Pierce County Community Connections Homeless Housing Programs. The objective of this position is to design and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for measuring the impact of programs to end homelessness in Pierce County, and to use program evaluation to inform the development of new programs and system innovations. 

Mary’s Place Job Opportunity

Mary’s Place is seeking a Diversion Specialist to provide shelter diversion services aimed to quickly house families who are experiencing homelessness to avoid the need to enter emergency shelter. The Diversion Specialist will work individually with families to identify solutions and alternative housing arrangements that quickly resolve the family’s housing crisis through a combination of direct service and financial assistance.