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SOUTH KING COUNTY HOUSING FIRST PILOT
Bringing Resources and Best Practices to Meet a Community Need


Who will be served?

  • Twenty-eight individuals
  • Long histories of homelessness
  • Homeless in the South King County area (streets, under bridges, and in parks) will
  • Rapid placement into supportive housing with intensive, flexible onsite services.  multiple needs (many of the individuals in the project)
  • Integrate mental health, chemical dependency and primary health care
  • Single, comprehensive team that can addresses array of health conditions

New Partnership:  To design, fund and oversee the implementation of this project a new alliance was formed with three key partners: 

  • King County Housing Authority (KCHA)
  • United Way of King County (UW)
  • King County Mental Health and Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services System (MHCADS)

New Way of Combining Resources: Braided Funding Model:

  • 25 Section 8 Vouchers
  • Public mental health and chemical dependency dollars
  • United Way dollars
  • 2163 housing and services funding for people who do not meet Section 8 and/or Medicaid Eligibility (pending approval)

Embracing Evidence-Based Practices  (includes the following features):

  • Assertive Community Treatment:  intensive case management (case loads not to exceed 1:12)
  • Integrated approach to address mental health, chemical dependency and primary care issues.
  • Onsite supportive services to help an individual stabilize in order to retain their housing and move towards recovery.
  • Responsive services to the individual, landlord and the community.
  • Peer mentors to help engage and support individuals to transition from the streets into supportive housing setting.
  • Support and linkage to employment opportunities.

Research Component:

  • King County MHCADS will take the lead to design, collect and analysis critical data related to who is served by this project, their housing stability outcomes and their use of emergency and jail system pre- and post placement into this project.

Project Operation:  Seattle Mental Health has been selected through a Request for Qualification process to be the lead provider.  We anticipate that the project will begin serving individuals by the fall of 2006.


Permanent supportive housing is affordable housing that has no length of time restrictions. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), peer mentors, and integrated treatment to be evidence based practices that have shown to be effective.












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