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 If your household is experiencing homelessness:

Visit the Regional Access Points page in Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) and contact one of the providers listed to connect to housing resources. CEA and their case management providers manage all entries into the hotel housing units.

HTH

The Health Through Housing Initiative is a regional approach to address chronic homelessness at a countywide scale.

By the end of 2022, King County will partner with local jurisdictions to create up to 1,600 emergency housing and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Onsite 24/7 staffing will include:

  • Case management
  • Employment counseling
  • Access to health and behavioral health services

By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes, and other similar properties, HTH immediately creates housing units that are dignified, protective, and service-enriched. King County is committed to working with local cities and communities to identify suitable properties, and then participate in planning and community engagement together.

  For general questions:

 Emergency Shelter

Single adults, youth, and young adults needing Emergency Shelter: Call 2-1-1.

Families experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence: Call the Family Emergency Shelter Access Line at 206-245-1026.

Domestic violence resources: Call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Hotel Locations

King County has purchased the former Clarion Inn in Auburn, the fifth hotel purchase through the Health through Housing Initiative.

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Fact Sheet: Health Through Housing – Federal Way

Federal Way Extended Stay exterior

In July 2021, King County reached an agreement to purchase its seventh Health Through Housing property, the former Extended Stay America in Federal Way for

$23 million. The facility will house residents experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness. As with all purchases pursued through the Health through Housing Initiative, King County worked closely with the City of Federal Way in advance of the agreement.

About the property

The Extended Stay America in Federal way is located at 1400 S 320th St. It was constructed in 1999 and contains 101 units.

How it will serve the community

As part of the HTH program, this building will provide permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people experiencing chronic homelessness. All Health Through Housing properties will include 24/7 staffing and onsite supports to help very vulnerable people regain health and stability.

Responding to the region’s crisis of unsheltered homelessness, this building will allow persons experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness to stabilize in a healthy, affordable home

Services Available:

  • 24/7 onsite staffing and controlled access
  • Case management services
  • Access to physical and behavioral health services
  • Housing counseling 

Good Neighbor Commitment

Property operators and service providers are committed to being responsive to local jurisdiction and community concerns. All buildings will have 24/7 staffing. Health Through Housing sites have a code of conduct that is agreed upon by all residents at the time of entry.

About Health Through Housing

The Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative is a regional approach to addressing chronic homelessness on a countywide scale. By the end of 2022, King County will partner with local jurisdictions to create up to 1,600 emergency and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness.

By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes, and other similar properties, HTH quickly creates housing that is dignified, protective, and service enriched. King County is committed to working with local cities and communities to identify suitable properties and will participate in planning and community engagement together.

To date, King County has purchased or made agreements to purchase eight properties in the Health through Housing initiative:

  • Renton – 110 units
  • Seattle – 80 units
  • North Seattle - Aurora – 99 units
  • Redmond – 144 units
  • Auburn – 102 units
  • Pioneer Square (Seattle) – 80 units
  • Federal Way – 101 units
  • North Seattle - Stone – 131 units

Definitions

Chronic Homelessness

A household that includes an adult with a disability, that either is currently experiencing homelessness for at least twelve consecutive months or has experienced homelessness for a cumulative twelve months within the previous three years.

Emergency Supportive Housing

Housing where a person experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness can reside while seeking permanent housing. While intended to be temporary, there is no time limit on stays. Emergency supportive housing will offer housing-oriented services, case management, and other necessary services and supports to assist individuals in stabilizing health and wellbeing.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent housing for an individual or a household that is homeless on entry, where a member of the household has a condition of disability, such as chronic health issues, mental illness, substance use, or other condition that creates multiple and serious ongoing barriers to housing stability.

For More Information

Website

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/initiatives/healththroughhousing.aspx

Contact Information: health.through.housing@kingcounty.gov | 206-263-6766

King County sets $96 million in purchase agreements for Health Through Housing properties in Federal Way, Pioneer Square, and North Seattle  https://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2021/July/29-health-through-housing.aspx

Fact Sheet: Health Through Housing – North Seattle - Stone

North Seattle Extended Stay exterior

In July 2021, King County reached an agreement to purchase its eighth Health Through Housing property, the former Extended Stay America in Northgate for $41 million. The facility will house residents experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness. As with all purchases pursued through the Health through Housing Initiative, King County worked closely with City of Seattle officials in advance of the agreement.

The Extended Stay America in Northgate is the second north Seattle facility and is located at 13300 North Stone Ave. N and contains 131 units.

How it will serve the community

As part of the HTH program, this building will serve initially as emergency supportive housing and will later be converted to permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people experiencing chronic homelessness. All Health Through Housing properties will include 24/7 staffing and onsite supports to help very vulnerable people regain health and stability. Responding to the

region’s crisis of unsheltered homelessness, this building will allow persons experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness to stabilize in a safe, single-room setting with a bathroom and bed, while also serving as a local resource for the community in which it is located.

Services Available:

  • 24/7 onsite staffing and controlled access
  • Case management services
  • Access to physical and behavioral health services
  • Housing counseling

Good Neighbor Commitment

Property operators and service providers are committed to being responsive to local jurisdiction and community concerns. All buildings will have 24/7 staffing. Health Through Housing sites have a code of conduct that is agreed upon by all residents at the time of entry.

About Health Through Housing

The Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative is a regional approach to addressing chronic homelessness on a countywide scale. By the end of 2022, King County will partner with local jurisdictions to create up to 1,600 emergency and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness.

By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes, and other similar properties, HTH quickly creates housing that is dignified, protective, and service enriched. King County is committed to working with local cities and communities to identify suitable properties and will participate in planning and community engagement together.

To date, King County has purchased eight properties in the Health through Housing initiative:

  • Renton – 110 units
  • Seattle – 80 units
  • North Seattle - Aurora – 99 units
  • Redmond – 144 units
  • Auburn – 102 units
  • Pioneer Square (Seattle) – 80 units
  • Federal Way – 101 units
  • North Seattle - Stone – 131 units

Definitions

Chronic Homelessness

A household that includes an adult with a disability, that either is currently experiencing homelessness for at least twelve consecutive months or has experienced homelessness for a cumulative twelve months within the previous three years.

Emergency Supportive Housing

Housing where a person experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness can reside while seeking permanent housing. While intended to be temporary, there is no time limit on stays. Emergency supportive housing will offer housing-oriented services, case management, and other necessary services and supports to assist individuals in stabilizing health and wellbeing.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent housing for an individual or a household that is homeless on entry, where a member of the household has a condition of disability, such as chronic health issues, mental illness, substance use, or other condition that creates multiple and serious ongoing barriers to housing stability.

For More Information

Website

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/initiatives/healththroughhousing.aspx

Contact Information: health.through.housing@kingcounty.gov | 206-263-6766

King County sets $96 million in purchase agreements for Health Through Housing properties in Federal Way, Pioneer Square, and North Seattle  https://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2021/July/29-health-through-housing.aspx

Fact Sheet: Health Through Housing – Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square Canton Lofts interiorIn July 2021, King County reached an agreement to purchase its sixth Health Through Housing property, a brand-new development, Canton Lofts in Pioneer Square for $32 million. The facility will house residents experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness. As with all purchases pursued through the Health through Housing Initiative, King County worked closely with the City of Seattle officials in advance of the agreement.

About the property

The Canton Lofts in Pioneer Square are located at 204 3rd Ave South. This is a new development and contains 80 units.

How it will serve the community

As part of the HTH program, this building will serve initially as emergency supportive housing and will later be converted to permanent supportive housing (PSH) for people experiencing chronic homelessness. All Health Through Housing properties will include 24/7 staffing and onsite supports to help very vulnerable people regain health and stability. Responding to the

region’s crisis of unsheltered homelessness, this building will allow persons experiencing, or at risk, of chronic homelessness to stabilize in a safe, single-room setting with a bathroom and bed, while also serving as a local resource for the community in which it is located.

Services Available:

  • 24/7 onsite staffing and controlled access
  • Case management services
  • Access to physical and behavioral health services
  • Housing counseling

Good Neighbor Commitment

Property operators and service providers are committed to being responsive to local jurisdiction and community concerns. All buildings will have 24/7 staffing. Health Through Housing sites have a code of conduct that is agreed upon by all residents at the time of entry. 

About Health Through Housing

The Health Through Housing (HTH) initiative is a regional approach to addressing chronic homelessness on a countywide scale. By the end of 2022, King County will partner with local jurisdictions to create up to 1,600 emergency and permanent supportive housing units for people experiencing, and at risk of, chronic homelessness.

By acquiring existing facilities, such as former hotels, nursing homes, and other similar properties, HTH quickly creates housing that is dignified, protective, and service enriched. King County is committed to working with local cities and communities to identify suitable properties and will participate in planning and community engagement together.

To date, King County has purchased eight properties in the Health through Housing initiative:

  • Renton – 110 units
  • Seattle – 80 units
  • North Seattle - Aurora – 99 units
  • Redmond – 144 units
  • Auburn – 102 units
  • Pioneer Square (Seattle) – 80 units
  • Federal Way – 100 units
  • North Seattle – Stone – 131 units

Definitions

Chronic Homelessness

A household that includes an adult with a disability, that either is currently experiencing homelessness for at least twelve consecutive months or has experienced homelessness for a cumulative twelve months within the previous three years.

Emergency Supportive Housing

Housing where a person experiencing, or at risk of, chronic homelessness can reside while seeking permanent housing. While intended to be temporary, there is no time limit on stays. Emergency supportive housing will offer housing-oriented services, case management, and other necessary services and supports to assist individuals in stabilizing health and wellbeing.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent housing for an individual or a household that is homeless on entry, where a member of the household has a condition of disability, such as chronic health issues, mental illness, substance use, or other condition that creates multiple and serious ongoing barriers to housing stability.

For More Information

Website

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/initiatives/healththroughhousing.aspx

Contact Information: health.through.housing@kingcounty.gov | 206-263-6766

King County sets $96 million in purchase agreements for Health Through Housing properties in Federal Way, Pioneer Square, and North Seattle  https://kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2021/July/29-health-through-housing.aspx

In June 2020, King County announced the second Health Through Housing hotel purchase in partnership with City of Renton. 

The hotel, located at 1150 Oakesdale Avenue Southwest in Renton, was constructed in 1998 and contains 110 units and sits on approximately 3.88 acres. The site has one three-story structure, one building for storage, and parking areas. Each room has a kitchenette, full bathroom, a bed and a small seating area.

Fact Sheet: Extended Stay America Renton

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How it works: 

Health through Housing, introduced by Executive Constantine in his 2020 Budget Speech, dedicates one tenth of a cent of sales tax revenues for the purchase of hotels, motels and other single room settings for use as emergency and permanent supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness in King County.  

The King County Council approved the initiative and the implementation of the funding. The sales tax was made possible by the Washington State Legislature to create a dedicated fund source to help in addressing the crisis of homelessness. 

Learn more by reading our Frequently Asked Questions updated 9-14-2021

Health through Housing 2nd Tier Property Management Info Session - August 31, 2021

Question and Answers

Question #

Question

Response

1

Will the FTE be identified in the bid or can the agency decide staffing amount.

The bidder will use the budget template to present a complete budget including the number of

FTE's.

 

2

Will there only be RFB for three properties be? What about the Seattle properties?

At this juncture, we have three identified properties that will be going out for bid. We are anticipating 1 or 2 more properties outside of Seattle and at least one property located in Seattle that will be put out to bid in the next several months . We will make people aware well

before those are released

3

Will any property have a specialty population identified with them? Or determined by

the provider?

This will be determine by a combination of differenct factors including working with the

identified provider and jursidictions.

 

4

Would there be an expectation to make improvements to the building prior to folks moving in (early 2022)? Aside from program funding, we'd need to make improvements for security, amenity areas, etc. in order for our programs to run

effectively.

 

There is budget to identify needed tenant improvements, including security, prior to the program opening.

 

5

 

I'm still confusing the difference between supportive services and CBOs?

Supportive services encompasses the entirity of the project, including case management, program management, and various client services. The CBO will provide a special set of culturally specific services for a portion or all of the participants based on who is being housed.

 


Health through Housing 2nd Tier Outreach Info Session - August 31, 2021

Question and Answers

Question #

Question

Response

1

Is University District considered North King County?

North County includes: Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Woodinville, and unincorporated

areas

2

How long will Outreach position be funded for?

A minimum of 18 months but could be longer.

3

How many organizations do you anticipate will receive a contract per location? Is it one

outreach providing agency per location?

Yes, one outreach provider per specific location site and/or sub-region.

 

4

 

How many people are we expected to support?

This will be determined by the location and the site, how many people can be served there. It will be determine how many referrals will be local versus through regional coordinated entry.

 

5

I don’t really understand the timeline. So King County will select outreach providers

before agencies are awarded the facility? For example, Chief Seattle Club wants to be the outreach provider for the site we are awarded.

 

We would like to do this simultaneously.

 

6

Will there be opportunities for outreach providers who work with specific sub- populations (eg. Youth, LBGTQ+, etc.).

We will take a look at each bid that is submitted and look at the particular areas needs to determine who will be selected and if additional outreach is needed for specific sub-populations.

7

Do properties belong to the state?

No, the properties are owned by King County.

8

Can the lead agency for the outreach sub contract with other agencies that might focus

on sub populations?

Potentially yes, but we will take it site by site

 

9

Will outreach teams have the ability to build rapport with any individuals who are

chronically homeless, living outside in the given area, or is there going to be a specific list the provider will have to use to find folks?

Outreach team will be out on the streets to identify homeless individual. Also working with local providers and cities to coordinate, locate and identify chronically homeless people living in the sub-region.

10

I'm a little confused. The "sites" and "properties" that are being referred to, is that a

Safe Lot? Or actual housing?

Helping to refer and engage and help qualify fold to HtH actual property sites

11

How does vehicle residency outreach fit into this strategy?

 

 

 

12

So this is 1.0 fte per subregion or do you have a model outreach team? i.e. a combination of several components for each outreach team (with the ability to add subcontracts for specialized services or components like a behavioral health specialist or other focused subgroup on an outreach team.

 

We will ask to give us 1 FTE and associated costs, however you can also talk about your program design. We would then negotiate actual terms with the awarded applicant

13

Is King County selecting one agency per geographic region, or one agency per site?

One agency per geographic sub-region.

 

14

Why would you select one race neutral access provider for a geographic region? If the focus was for disproportionate groups. Can you talk about how this model fits into a regional response that includes specific agencies serving underserved communities.

Concerns were raised during the bidders conference webinar regarding equity impacts and the proposed approach of a single outreach entity for a project or sub-region. The comments were heard and are being taken into consideration as the RFB is being finalized

 

15

I'm a little confused. The plan is to award a contract to just one agency in a particular region. In the example you gave, one agency would then serve two facilities. But the work would be done by just 1.0 FTE per organization and region?

 

No, we will be asking for the cost of 1.0 FTE in the application. However, once an agency is selected, we will negotiate on how many FTEs and costs will be needed for the specific area

 

 

16

If the outreach team is multidisciplinary I'm worried 1 FTE cost won't really reflect the actual costs. Also worried about a potential of workers continuing to be underpaid if the most attractive bid is lower and stagnates wages further. Not saying any of us would do that, but it might create that dynamic unintentionally

 

We are not interested in going with the lowest bid, but the best fit, program with services described in the RFB.

 

17

So would you then prefer the proposal show a team of different components and the cost for each FTE. (BH specialists will be more expensive than entry level outreach

worker)

 

We will make it clear when the application comes out what we are looking for in terms of the budget.

18

What about Seattle outreach?

We will be working with the city of Seattle and identified providers.

 


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