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Housing & Community Development Program

Department of Community and Human Services
Division: Community Services Division

Chinook Building
401 Fifth Ave., Suite 510
Seattle, WA 98104

Greg Ferland,  Division Director
e-mail us
Phone: 206-263-9062
Fax: 206-296-0156
TTY: 711 Relay Service

Employee Directory

Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Family Homelessness Initiative

Thank you for taking an interest in the Initiative to Prevent and End Family Homelessness in King County. This website is intended to provide community stakeholders with information about the initiative and offer an opportunity to provide feedback.

News and Events

Monthly Informational Sessions with Family Homelessness Initiative Staff
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month - 9:30am - 11:00am

Our next meeting is on: April 16, 2014 | 9:30-11:00am
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle

Rapid Re-Housing providers and Employment Navigators will provide an overview of their services, before we shift the conversation to how RRHF providers, Employment Navigators and Shelter providers can continue to work together and further strengthen partnerships. This is meant to be a time for dialogue and shared learning.

Moving Home Academy: A Learning Community to Support Housing Stability
Moving Home Academy is an interactive and experiential professional development series sponsored by the Family Homelessness Initiative, together with Building Changes, hosted by t3 (think. teach. transform.) The Academy is designed to create a learning community to help local providers hone skills needed to assist families experiencing homelessness attain and sustain housing.

To learn more about the Academy and to watch archived webcasts go to our Materials page.

Peer Learning Group for Family Programs

Management and Leadership of Family Homeless/Housing Programs will also be meeting monthly to respond to the efforts of the Initiative. The meeting is intended to serve as a forum for networking, peer support, and brainstorming among this group of providers.

If you would like to provide feedback about one of the sessions you have attended, please use this link to complete a 5-10 minute survey.

Please call or email Triina Tennelo if you have any questions about either of these meetings at 206-263-9110 or


In December 2008, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and United Way of King County awarded a grant to King County to undertake a local planning process to develop a plan that will reduce family homelessness. King County is one of three communities (Pierce and Snohomish are the other two counties) participating in this expanded work of the Washington Families Fund managed by Building Changes.

The planning process King County undertook encompassed three distinct phases of work:


  1. A landscape assessment report that contains a detailed analysis of the county's existing resources and systems for addressing the needs of homeless families.
  2. A strategic plan that proposes specific strategies for improving county systems, with particular emphasis on the five promising approaches identified in the landscape assessment.
  3. An implementation plan that describes specific time lines, resources, responsibilities, and desired outcomes for implementing the strategies identified in phase two.

Moving Forward with implementation 


Initial planning efforts are completed. King County is implementing strategies focused on creating change in the five key areas that will have the most significant impact on overall system change.


  1. COORDINATED ENTRY AND ASSESSMENT - Give families a convenient and standard way to find the services and housing they need as quickly as possible. 
  2. PREVENT HOMELESSNESS FOR FAMILIES MOST AT RISK - Keep families who are on the edge of homelessness housed and quickly connect them to the services they need.
  3. MOVE FAMILIES QUICKLY TO STABLE HOUSING - Help families regain stability by moving them into non time-limited housing as quickly as possible. 
  4. FOCUS SUPPORT SERVICES ON HOUSING STABILITY - Provide individual families with the right services at the right time and connect families to services they need and want to maintain housing stability and self-sufficiency.  
  5. INCREASE COLLABORATIONS WITH MAINSTREAM SYSTEMS - Assist families in accessing the services, housing and income supports they need to maintain housing stability.

Technical Assistance and Support 


 We are available for technical assistance and support throughout this systems change process. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, meet with you one-on-one, or come out to your agency to talk with your Board and staff about the initiative. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact information is listed below.


Contact us


PROJECT LEAD: Debbi Knowles , 206-263-9088 or at
SYSTEMS CHANGE: Triina Tennelo, 206-263-9110,

Please let us know what you think about specific information found on this page or your thoughts on the implementation process as it unfolds.  Contact Debbi Knowles, 206-263-9088 or at