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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 21, 2020
Contact:
Tom Webster, Housing Program Manager, (360) 867-2531, or webstet@co.thurston.wa.us 

Request for Proposals for Social Services Projects in Thurston County
Funding can support homeless prevention, affordable housing, and veterans’ programs

OLYMPIA – Citizens and organizations with social services projects that support homeless prevention, affordable housing, and veterans’ programs can submit a request for funding to the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department (PHSS) starting today. All applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Friday, April 3. 

Total funds available are approximately $2.75 million and are made available through the department’s Office of Housing and Homeless Prevention and the Veterans Assistance Fund. Projects must be eligible activities as outlined in the application packet. Application materials are available at the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services website at: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/sscp/index.html.  

The purpose of the funding is to create and preserve decent affordable housing; support implementation of Thurston County’s 5-Year Homeless Crisis Response Plan; and provide capital investments that improve the viability, livability, and economic stability of Thurston County communities - especially low-and moderate-income communities. The purpose of the funding for veterans’ programs is to provide emergency shelter for Thurston County homeless veterans and their families and offer case management to expedite placement into permanent housing. The 5-year Homeless Crisis Response Plan is available to read here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/boccdocuments/FINAL_Housing5YearPlan.pdf

A bidder’s conference to answer applicant questions will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, 412 Lilly Rd. NE, Olympia, Conference Room 107.

Background:
The Office of Housing and Homeless Prevention funding is available from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME), federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Affordable Housing Fund (SHB 2060), Homeless Housing Fund (SHB 2163), and the Health and Human Services Council (HHSC). The HHSC will review and rate the applications prior to presenting recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval. 

The Veterans Assistance Fund (VAF) provides for the relief of indigent veterans, their families, and the families of deceased indigent veterans as defined in RCW 73.08.005. The Veterans Advisory Board will review and rate applications prior to presenting recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval. 

Funding Totals Across Programs Includes:
  • Federal HOME totals approximately $700,000
  • Federal CDBG totals approximately $1,000,000 and is designated for projects within the City of Lacey
  • Local funding SHB 2060 totals approximately $320,000
  • Local funding SHB 2163 totals approximately $410,000
  • VAF totals approximately $75,000
  • HHSC totals approximately $249,000

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3