Updates from the South King Housing & Homelessness Partnership!
The 2016 Legislative Session may have ended, but there are still plenty of ways to stay engaged in housing advocacy! Join HDC for the upcoming Advocacy Week, a new annual tradition that the Housing Development Consortium is kicking off to organize a series of community efforts highlighting the need for affordable housing in cities all throughout King County. Taken together, this will shine a spotlight on the need for affordable housing regionally, and will demonstrate the support for the movement to provide all people with the chance to live in a safe, healthy, affordable home in a community of opportunity. For more information, and to register to receive updates, click here! As always, if you have any questions or would like to find out how to become more engaged with SKHHP, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Joy Scott, SKC Housing Planner
Places to Be
Update on Community Conversations, from Best Starts for Kids:
Join us for one of several community conversations to hear more about the emerging Best Starts for Kids implementation plan and to share your perspectives.
We’ve updated our schedule for community conversations. Our two community conversations previously scheduled for March have been postponed until April and May. We will keep you informed as other dates are added.
Check out the Best Starts for Kids blog or visit www.kingcounty.gov/beststarts for updates.
Time: For all gatherings, onsite registration begins at 6:00 pm. We will have conversations from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
People in Action
Thanks to each and every one of you who attended the Housing Development Consortium’s annual celebration on March 29, and to those of you who support our work each day. Due to the generosity of our event sponsors and donations from our 800 attendees, we raised an astounding $199,000 – over $35,000 more than last year’s event! As a result of your generosity, HDC is even better positioned to promote our shared vision that everyone in King County lives with dignity in safe, healthy, affordable homes within communities of opportunity.
The Housing Development Consortium of Seattle – King County is soliciting proposals for a part time, temporary, consulting/contract for the next 7-9 months, depending on project start-date. The consultant will be responsible for interviewing primary stakeholders and recommending action steps for implementing a regional resource and referral network and a community health worker program in order to improve housing conditions and health outcomes in South King County. See the full RFP here.
King County’s Housing Finance Program is scheduling pre-application meetings for all prospective applicants during the period of April 18 through May 31st. The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that proposed projects are consistent with current priorities and also assist us in managing our project pipeline. If you intend to apply for funding from the King County Housing Finance Program in 2017 or 2018 you are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting.
Please come prepared to discuss the proposed project, including population to be served, general design, and budgets.
Pre-application meetings will be set up by Wendy DeRobbio. Email your request for a pre-application to Wendy at Wendy.DeRobbio@kingcounty.gov and she will respond with days and times available, and will schedule them on a first come first choice basis. A full application is not necessary at this stage but we would appreciate you providing as much information as you can. However, if you have already submitted a Stage 1 application to the State please forward that over along with your pre-application request.
Don’t hesitate to call me at the number below if you have any questions about this year’s process, funding priorities, or anything else relevant to capital funding for affordable housing.
King County Dept. of Community and Human Services
Housing Finance Program
401 5th Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104