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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Contact:
Dwight Edwards, Community Housing Program Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Thurston County Seeks Homeless Grant Project Applicants


OLYMPIA -- Thurston County is soliciting proposed projects for the Homeless Grant Assistance Program (HGAP) for spring 2008.  HGAP grants are provided through the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) and are awarded to counties that can develop projects which will contribute to the statewide effort to reduce homelessness in Washington State , and are consistent with the county Ten-Year Homeless Plan.  Those wishing to apply for HGAP funding must apply through the county.  Applicants must also submit a Letter of Intent to Apply for funding by March 3, 2008.  The county will review all applications and select one to submit to the state for funding.

The state will provide up to approximately $1.7 million in statewide funding to midsized counties that reduce homelessness through higher levels of coordination with criminal justice, social service, health, and other state and local systems that result in positive system changes.  HGAP funds may only be used for:

  • Operations and Maintenance of Owned Structures;
  • Project-Based Leasing;
  • Supportive Services; and
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

Eligible applicants include Community Action Councils, Public Housing Authorities, and other Non-Profit Organizations.

Applicants must complete a Request for Proposal application and submit it to Thurston County no later than 4:30 P.M., March 19, 2008.  Applicants will be required to present their proposal before an advisory review committee and/or the HOME Consortium.

Those who would like an application, or who may need technical assistance in completing an application, should contact Dwight Edwards at 709-3003 or by email at  edwardd@co.thurston.wa.us.  

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3