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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Dwight Edwards, Community Development Housing Coordinator, 360-709-3003

Thurston County Seeking Homeless Grant Proposals

OLYMPIA -- Thurston County is soliciting proposed projects for the Homeless Grant Assistance Program (HGAP) for 2007.  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 do so through the county.  The county will review all applications and select one to submit to the state for funding.

The state will provide up to $3.6 million in statewide funding to midsized counties that reduce homelessness through higher levels of coordination with criminal justice, social services, health, and other state and local programs 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 are Community Action Councils, Public Housing Authorities, and other Non-Profit Organizations.

Applicants must complete a Request for Proposal application and submit it to the county no later than 5:00 P.M. September 26, 2007.  The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on October 8, 2007 at 6:00 P.M. to hear project presentations and take public testimony.  The hearing will take place in Room 280, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse.  .

Those who have questions, or need technical assistance in completing an application, should contact Dwight Edwards at 360-709-3003 or by email at edwardd@co.thurston.wa.us.  


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3