- An annual report, just released by the Thurston County HOME Consortium, demonstrates the wide-ranging kinds of assistance provided to members of the community. The report covers the period from September of 2013 through August of 2014. Under the various programs funded, approximately $3.8 million in federal, state, and local funds were expended, leveraging more than $3.1 million of other funds for housing and homeless activities. Listed below are some notable accomplishments :
- Rapid Re-housing programs served 497 households; Emergency Shelters provided shelter for 1,585 households and Transitional Housing provided services for 120 households.
- System wide for all programs combined, of the 1,888 households exited, 69% of transitional households were stably housed, 22% of emergency shelter households were stably housed, and 63% of rapidly re-housed households were placed into stable housing.
- Data provided in this report was collected from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Homeless System Performance Measures Report customized for Thurston County by the Department of Commerce. Data quality is a concern and agencies have been steadily working towards more accurate and timely information input into HMIS to continue to bring focus to the homeless system.
- The Point in Time Homeless Count was conducted for the 8th year and the second annual Homeless Connect event provided medical care, service connections and hot meals for 150 people in need.
- The Smith Building was transformed into the Pear Blossom Place providing housing and services and emergency shelter for our families in need.
- Quixote Village opened in December providing 30 units of Permanent Supportive Housing and a Community Building for services to single homeless individuals.
Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says such cooperative efforts are making an impact. "While our community is still challenged by the number of homeless in our midst, this report demonstrates clear progress on serving those in need of affordable housing and other services. We're fortunate to have strong partners in our community dedicated to this critical work."Funding for the programs came from various sources including-
Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) $710,599
Affordable Housing (House Bill 2060) $347,124
Homeless Housing (House Bill 2163) $2,333,960
Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) $1,697,000
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) $180,175
The report is an annual performance summary of the affordable housing and homeless services activities funded through the Thurston County HOME Consortium. The HOME Consortium consists of publicly elected officials from the participating jurisdictions of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Tenino, Bucoda, Rainier, and Thurston County.
The Consortium is an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners and is responsible for the management of the following programs: HOME Investment Partnership Act, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG), and local Affordable and Homeless Housing funding.
Those interested can find the full report on line at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/sscp/reports.html-30-