Overcoming hurdles to housing: How one federal grant is helping state and local partners rally to move people out of homelessness

The state’s most recent point-in-time count offers a one-night snapshot suggesting nearly 23,000 individuals are experiencing homelessness. Nearly 11,000 are unsheltered.

A photo of young parents and their four children standing outside a home. They are smiling at the camera.
One of the ways the Family Support Center of South Sound leverages this HUD funding is for rapid-rehousing, partnering with nonprofit HOMES FIRST. This family accessed an affordable home owned and operated by Homes First and successfully transitioned to paying the full rent within a few short months. Photo courtesy of Homes First.
Graph showing 80% of people in rapid re-housing exit to permanent housing compared to 37% of people in emergency shelters
Data confirms that rapid re-housing is one of the most effective interventions for helping people achieve stable, permanent housing. The blue bars represent actual percentages and the gray bars represent Commerce’s goals. 80% of people placed in rapid re-housing are able to transition to permanent housing, meeting Commerce’s goal. 15% of individuals in rapid re-housing return to homelessness at some point over 24 months compared to 26% of individuals placed in emergency shelters.

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