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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

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Phone: 206-263-9062
Fax: 206-296-0156
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Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Thank you for taking an interest in the Family Homelessness Initiative in King County. As we work towards aligning our current homeless housing and services system for families to a Housing Stabilization Approach, we will be offering various opportunities for community stakeholders to engage in the process, as well as future professional development opportunities for family providers. Please see below for all materials and resources from our past meetings and presentations (most recent on top). To find out more about the initiative and to learn of any upcoming events, please click here.

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. 

Applying Motivational Interviewing to Housing-Focused Services (classroom training)
Click here for the training PowerPoint and handout.

Vocationalizing - Building Changes
Click here for the training PowerPoint.

Responding to Domestic Violence in Homeless Housing ProgramsWA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Northwest Network
Click here for the training PowerPoint.

Archived Webcasts
Orientation Webcast - August 5, 2013
The Orientation launches the Moving Home Academy. During the Orientation, Initiative staff, Building Changes, and t3 provide an overview of the relationship of The Academy to the Family Homelessness Initiative and the training content.

Housing-Focused Services Webcast - August 8, 2013
Norm Suchar from National Alliance to End Homelessness speaks on Rapid Re-Housing strategies.

Trauma-Informed Webcast - August 15, 2013
Barb Bennett and Katie Volk from t3 provide an overview of the physiology of trauma, how it impacts relationships, and how to support healing using trauma-informed principles of care.

Motivational Interviewing - August 22, 2013
To view the slides only, click here.
Ken Kraybill from t3 reviews the spirit, flow, and use of the core skills of Motivational Interviewing.

Healthy Selves, Healthy Teams - August 29, 2013
Barb Bennett and Ken Kraybill focus on ways to: foster individual renewal and resiliency, create healthy team structures and communication styles; and implement strategies to support teams.

Housing-Focused Services, Part II Webcast - September 5, 2013
Vivian Wan, from Abode Services in Alameda County, CA, speaks to their specific efforts and strategies to provide re-housing services to families. She provides an overview of their program design, rental assistance structure, and housing services model.

Other Presentation Materials

3/29/13: Fair Housing for Family Homeless Housing Programs
Provided by WA State Human Rights Commission, King County Office of Civil Rights, and Seattle Office for Civil Rights, this training reviewed the Fair Housing responsibilities of homeless housing programs serving families experiencing homelessness. Please see below for materials:

Fair Housing Guide for Homeless Housing Providers
Fair Housing Presentation 

7/9/12 - 9/10/12: Katharine Gale on Rapid Re-Housing, Transitional Housing Conversion, and Rental Assistance
Katharine Gale returned to King County to present and discuss various homeless/housing strategies that have been demonstrated to effectively address homelessness in other parts of the country. During her first presentation, Ms. Gale demonstrated how communities were able to successfully implement rapid re-housing for families experiencing homelessness. The following day, Ms. Gale focused her conversation on how local communities and programs are retooling their transitional housing projects to implement more rapid re-housing strategies. Finally, Ms. Gale's visit concluded with a description of effective short and long term rental assistance strategies, to include how communities are more effectively targeting prevention to those who are most at-risk of becoming homeless and how progressive engagement is demonstrating to be a promising practice in addressing homelessness. Please see below for her materials.

1/30/11 - 1/31/11: Katharine Gale on Prevention and HEART / Transitional Housing Conversion
Katharine Gale presented to King, Pierce, and Snohomish County representatives on effective strategies for homelessness prevention and ideas for converting transitional housing to non-time limited housing. Katharine Gale is an independent consultant from the San Francisco Bay Area with 20 years experience in the fields of homelessness and special needs housing. She provides services to public and non-profit agencies including  community-wide and organizational planning; grant writing and new program development; data analysis, research and evaluation. Recent projects include research on prevention targeting and development of a multi-agency homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing system; facilitation of a process to adopt system-wide outcome measures for homeless-serving programs; and preparation of community plans for increasing mental health housing.

10/12/11: Housing First for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Eastside Domestic Violence Program
At this meeting, local stakeholders learned about a local initiative facilitated by a partnership between Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this initiative, a group of Domestic Violence providers in Washington, including EDVP piloted the emerging practice of Housing First for survivors of DV and their children. Stakeholders heard about Housing First Principles and how they were able to find unique strategies to help survivors keep or quickly regain housing.

9/12/2011 - 9/13/11: The Road Home
At the September meetings, local stakeholders and family providers heard from Michelle Flynn (Associate Executive Director) and Melanie Zamora (Director of Housing Programs) from the Road Home in Salt Lake County, Utah. They spoke about their Rapid Re-Housing Program and Progressive Engagement Approach. Please see below for the materials they provided.

8/10/11 - 8/11/11: Heartland Alliance
In August, Heartland Alliance staff, Maura McCauley, Senior Director; Cassandra Hudson, Associate Director; and Michelle Pihlaja-Olson, Program Manager from The Heartland Alliance in Chicago presented to local stakeholders and family providers. They spoke about their Rapid Re-Housing Model and the Strengths-Based Approach they use in service delivery. Please see below for the materials they provided.

7/25/11 - 7/26/11: Community Rebuilders
For our first presentation (of the Summer Speakers Series), local stakeholders and family providers heard from Anna Diaz, Housing Resource Specialist Coordinator from Community Rebuilders in Grand Rapids. Anna highlighted their Housing First Approach and The Strengths-Based Case Management Approach used at Community Rebuilders housing programs. Please see below for the materials they provided.

June 2011: Regional Provider Meetings
Initiative staff met with local providers (over the course of 3 meeting times) highlighting implementation efforts underway, responding to early feedback and comments provided by program providers and other local stakeholders. See below for the meeting's PowerPoint.

May 2011: Regional Provider Meetings
Initiative staff met with local providers to summarize the conclusion of planning efforts and future implementation efforts.

  • Regional Provider Meeting PowerPoint - May
  • Regional Provider Meeting Feedback Form
  • Regional Provider 3 Question Survey


April 2011: Community Outreach Meetings
Launching implementation efforts, Initiative staff attended various standing, community meetings with local stakeholders to reengage after planning efforts have concluded. 
  • Community Outreach PowerPoint




Additional Resources and Materials

  • Concluded Family Homelessness Initiative Provider Survey (pdf)
  • Provider Survey Instructions

If you would like to learn more about the systems change efforts underway, please feel free to contact:

Triina Tennelo, Project Manager at
Debbi Knowles, Project Lead at

    Click here to learn more about Coordinated Entry and Assessment in King County.

    Local Resources
    Family Housing Connection Data - October 2012

    Developing a Housing Stability Plan