On September 27, 2018, leaders from across the state launched Washington’s new coordinated effort to prevent and end youth homelessness by 2022. Advocates announced a widespread and diverse coalition of nonprofits, elected officials, philanthropy, businesses, and community members who are committed to helping all young people in this state find their way home. Pierce County is one of four initial counties leading the way to end youth homelessness. Other counties engaged in this initial initiative includes Spokane, Yakima, and Walla Walla. This initiative is being led by A Way Home Washington. This initiative supports street outreach and young adult emergency shelter.
Annually the County solicits project applications from nonprofit organizations to support an integrated system of housing assistance that quickly re-houses households who are experiencing homelessness. We identify this as our homeless crisis response system with a goal of ensuring that homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time. Activities funded under this initiative includes street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington State Department of Commerce, and local Homeless Document Recording Fee funding.
The Landlord Liaison Program (LLP) is a partnership between landlords, property managers, service agencies and people experiencing homelessness. The LLP project recruits property owners to rent to households experiencing homelessness using a rapid re-housing approach. Families and individuals receive support services to assist with building a stable, productive life.
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The LLP is currently partnering with the Pierce County Homeless Crisis Response System, Rapid Rehousing (RRH), and the SSVF and VASH veteran programs to provide broader access to housing for their clients. Become a service partner.
The County has solicited project applications from nonprofit organizations to support activities relating to the operation of a Coordinated Entry site and Rapid Re-Housing program for households with at least one child enrolled in the Tacoma School District who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability and identified as Mc-Kinney-Vento eligible. The goal of this funding is to complement and augment the existing Homeless Crisis Response System by expanding access to the target population.