Washington gets federal funding boost to fight homelessness
The federal government is providing $2 billion in additional grant funding to fight the nation’s homeless crisis.
It will provide more than $1.4 million for Washington to fight the issue locally.
“This is money that goes directly to non-profits and service providers around the state for housing people experiencing homelessness,” Nick Mondau with the Washington State Department of Commerce said.
The Washington Post reports that homelessness rates are going down in many parts of the country. Many cities on the West Coast are the exception, however, where rents have dramatically been on the rise. The Post reports that California will get a total of $383 million (up from $354 million in 2016). Oregon will receive $36.3 million. Washington state is slated for $59.6 million, which is an increase of about $1.4 million over the previous year. According to the Washington State Department of Commerce, it’s a 2.4 percent rise.
That money will filter down to Washington’s various counties.
Federal grant funding for homelessness
|County||2016 Awards||2017 Awards||Difference|
|Spokane City & County||$3,776,210||$3,785,801||$9,591|
|Yakima City & County||$503,296||$630,395||$127,099|
|Washington balance of state||$6,373,115||$6,478,975||$105,860|
The funding boost comes as the Trump administration also is proposing cuts to subsidized housing programs that are commonly used to help people out of homelessness. The budget aims to cut the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which manages the federal response to the crisis, according to the Associated Press.