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Clark County agencies to get $2.2 million to boost housing efforts

It's part of $96.9M allocated to state by HUD

By Mia Ryder-Marks, Columbian staff reporter
Published: March 31, 2023, 6:00am

Various Clark County housing agencies will receive over $2.2 million in collective funding to continue work to provide permanent housing for community members.

On Wednesday, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced that over 200 communities statewide, including Clark County, would receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program and the Youth Homeless Demonstration Project. In total, Washington received $96.9 million.

“The affordable housing crisis is plain as day to anyone living in just about any part of Washington state. That’s why I am constantly fighting to get state and local authorities the resources they need to provide supportive services and find permanent homes for people experiencing homelessness,” Murray said during a public hearing.

Locally, Council for the Homeless will receive $294,812 for three projects, Impact NW will receive 208,758, and Janus Youth Programs Inc. will receive $206,036. Sea Mar will receive $555,066 for three initiatives, and Share will obtain over $1 million to continue sustaining six of its programs.

HUD sought projects that aimed to end homelessness for all groups and emphasized racial equity and anti-discrimination for LGBTQ+ people. According to a press release from HUD, agencies that prioritized the Housing First model were also in line for funding.

“Every person deserves a safe place to call home and a roof over their head — it’s not asking too much,” Murray said.

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