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April 5, 2017


April is Fair Housing Month

Fair Housing

This year marks the 49th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation that became law on April 11, 1968.  Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off Fair Housing Month 2017 at its national headquarters. This year’s theme is Fair Housing Equals Opportunity, highlighting equality in housing as a foundation upon which aspirations can be achieved and affirming the Fair Housing Act’s ongoing role in confronting housing discrimination. Through an array of enforcement activities, fair housing policy initiatives, and education and outreach efforts, HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity continues to take action against individuals and housing providers that discriminate. Last year, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies received more than 8,000 complaints alleging discrimination based on one or more of the Fair Housing Act’s seven protected classes: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. 

Throughout the month, HUD and its state and local fair housing partners will organize local fair housing month celebrations, seminars, and public education events that promote the ideals of fair housing.  Locally, the King County Office of Civil Rights offers Fair Housing Workshops for Housing Providers. The 2017 training schedule can be found here.

King County Housing Authority – Request for Proposals

The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) is issuing a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to award up to 36 Project Based Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (PBV-VASH) vouchers in a new construction and/or existing housing site. Please visit the King County Housing Authority website at or send an email to to obtain a RFP package.  There will be no cost for requesting a package.

Any questions or requests for further information must be directed to Kerrie Philpott in writing, through email at no later than Monday, April 10 at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Sealed proposals, in accordance with conditions defined in the RFP, must be received via USPS certified mail, overnight delivery services (UPS, Fed Ex, etc.) or hand delivered to the KCHA office no later than 4:00 PM PST on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 600 Andover Park West, Tukwila, WA 98188.  All submissions will be date stamped upon receipt.  No submittals will be accepted after this time. Faxed or emailed submittals will not be accepted.  Any proposals received after April 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM shall remain unopened and returned to the applicant. Section 3, and/or women and minority-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal.

King County and the City of Seattle Unite to Fight Homelessness

On Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new regional effort to help people experiencing homelessness receive services and access to a permanent home. Along with city leaders, service providers and All Home, Mayor Murray and Executive Constantine will convene a joint task force to assess needs and resources, and propose a strategy that will get people living unsheltered into permanent homes, keep people in their homes and out of homelessness, and coordinate responses to root causes such as behavioral and mental health and substance use disorders. The scope of the effort reflects the reality that homelessness is a regional crisis, and presents an opportunity for a robust, coordinated response.

The effort would be funded by a 0.1 percent sales tax increase that would go to King County voters in 2018. Seattle, King County and other jurisdictions have been working together closely to address this regional crisis, creating a more coordinated system that focuses on the individual needs of people living outside and that uses a data-driven approach to ensure programs are accomplishing the goal of getting more people into permanent housing. This region-wide, $68 million per year funding package would replace the previously-proposed, Seattle-only property tax levy.

What Works Cities

What Works Cities, launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, is one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance cities’ use of data and evidence. Through the initiative, which is providing technical assistance to 100 cities on a rolling basis through 2018, cities around the country are receiving support, guidance and resources to succeed. In 2016, What Works Cities was named by Forbes as “one of the ten most promising philanthropic bets” of the year and by Engaging Local Government Leaders as the “most important company operating in the local government arena.”

The City of Seattle teamed up with What Works Cities' partner, the Government Performance Lab (GPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School, to strengthen how they approaching the work of addressing homelessness. By piloting a new contracting model that built a partnership between city officials and providers of homeless services, Seattle is seeing promising results of greater numbers of people experiencing homelessness being moved into permanent housing. A video showing the City of Seattle’s work to tackle homelessness was featured as part of a national convening in New York City with What Works Cities.

Integrating Rapid Re-Housing & Employment

Drawn from more than a dozen interviews and site visits with rapid re-housing providers from across the country, a new report from Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity shines a spotlight on why robust employment, training, and related supportive services are key to the success of rapid re-housing participants. The report offers program-level recommendations for enhancing the design and delivery of rapid re-housing with employment supports and puts forward bold policy ideas for helping to ensure that the rapid re-housing model can provide pathways to employment and economic opportunity for all families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. 

All Home Continuum of Care (CoC) Meetings

The All Home Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) meetings have shifted from the third Wednesday of each month to the last Wednesday of each month. The next meeting of the CAC will be on April 26 from 6-7:30pm at Plymouth Congregational Church. For those unable to attend meetings in person, we invite you to share comments through our website under the “provide feedback” tab.

All meeting dates, times and locations as well as other related materials are available on the All Home website. All Home Continuum of Care meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

Immigration Legal Clinic

legal clinic

How Seattle University Can Help Solve Youth Homelessness: A Community Talk

Student Government of Seattle University (SGSU) is hosting a Youth Homelessness presentation and discussion on Tuesday, April 11 from 6-8pm in Pigott Auditorium. Speakers will include Annie Blackledge from The Mockingbird Society; Dimitri Groce from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Katie Hong from the Raikes Foundation; George Scarola, the Director of Homelessness for the City of Seattle; and Jodi Waits from YouthCare. During the first hour, the speakers will discuss their perspectives on youth homelessness and what they have been doing to help solve the issue. During the second hour, attendees can discuss what they heard in small groups and ask the speakers questions. Community members are encouraged to attend. Light snacks will be provided to the first 100 attendees. For more information, contact Peter Hoang at or

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 and 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.

Partner Trainings

Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training Webinar

The webinar recording is now available on the HUD Exchange along with the presentation slides, speaker notes, and transcript. You can access the materials under Related Materials and Resources.

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.

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