Due to increasing rent and chronic illness, Sarah Childs feared that she would become homeless before she received her Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section 8). Through the Seattle Rental Housing Assistance Pilot, Ms. Childs and her family received financial assistance to help them remain housed. Read more about her story here.
The Human Services Department (HSD) is partnering with four agencies, Neighborhood House, Solid Ground, YWCA and Muslim Housing Services, to serve individuals and families like Ms. Childs’. In an expensive housing market like Seattle’s, people are in danger of experiencing homelessness while they wait for housing assistance. This pilot is designed to help keep people housed while they wait to receive housing vouchers and search for more affordable housing options.
The Seattle Rental Housing Assistance Pilot prevented 208 people from falling into homelessness between April and September this year. Mayor Durkan dedicated funds from the sale of City property to create this homelessness prevention pilot which helps people maintain housing and decreases the inflow of people into emergency services like shelter and tiny house villages.