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CCS Southwest Receives $455,857 in Stimulus Funds

Homeless families and individuals served by CCS in Southwest Washington will benefit from $455,857 in federal stimulus or recovery funds distributed through local government agencies. Some of the funds were one-time augmentations and were awarded without an application process. Other programs received funds through a competitive application process. 

“Our programs are known for providing good services, so we were already part of the discussion” said Denny Hunthausen, CCS Southwest agency director. “When additional money became available, officials looked to programs like ours.”  

The one-time augmentations were:

  • The Tacoma Avenue Shelter: $20,000 in recovery funds through the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
  • Benedict House, Bremerton: $28,461 from the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and $12,500 from Kitsap County’s Community Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The award will fund emergency housing, case management and coverage of shelter staff for maintenance and holidays at Benedict House.

The Phoenix Housing Network (PHN), a CCS program in Tacoma that provides homeless families with housing and support services, received funding through a competitive application process. When the City of Tacoma and Pierce County announced new stimulus funding through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Funding Program (HPRP), CCS participated in community meetings and strategized with other community providers before making an application. Alan Brown, PHN director of housing services, led the effort to expand services.

PHN will receive $278,781 from the City of Tacoma and $116,115 from Pierce County. The new funds will allow PHN to provide rental assistance and case management to an additional 50 families who are facing homelessness.

To find similar funds in other regions, Hunthausen recommends staying in touch with state and local agencies and asking them how they are allocating stimulus funding.

In addition to stimulus funding, CCS Southwest recently received funding to provide two new services. The Tacoma Avenue Shelter received $65,000 of 2163 funds (state funds through Pierce County) to fund a therapeutic social worker position. This is the first time the shelter is able to provide this kind of service to its clients.

CCS has also signed a three-year, $80,075 contract for a worker re-training program in Longview. CCS will provide case management support to workers being retrained through Lower Columbia Community College. The contract, through Tacoma Community College, is in partnership with community organizations throughout the region. It is part of a larger U.S. Department of Labor grant to train workers in the warehousing and distribution industry in Tacoma, Longview and Yakima. The program will create a “pipeline” of qualified and skilled workers. CCS is set to begin its involvement with the program next month.

 

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