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The Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy is guided by the VSHSL Transition Plan for all 2018 VSHSL activities. The Transition Plan allocates VSHSL proceeds to serve King County veterans and servicemembers and their families, seniors and their caregivers, and vulnerable populations.
VSHSL Transition Plan (2018) investments will fall primarily into the following categories
The VSHSL Transition Plan proposes to continue through 2018 current VHSL services provided in 2017 at 2017 levels, with one exception for a program the funding level of which is slightly reduced, ensuring that the transition plan’s continued activities and contract amounts “match” the continued activities and contract amounts authorized by the pre-transition plan continuation clause of the VSHSL Ballot Measure Ordinance.
Matching continued activities and contract amounts maximizes notice and predictability to providers of current VHSL services, which best positions them to continue services for veterans and vulnerable populations during the transition between the current VHSL and the VSHSL Implementation Plan, which upon adoption by ordinance, will govern the remainder of the six-year levy period.
VSHSL Ballot Measure Ordinance Requirements
Responding to the urgency and severity of homelessness and housing instability in King County, the VSHSL Ballot Measure Ordinance requires investment of at least 50 percent of the first year’s proceeds in capital facilities and regional health and human services that promote housing stability" for veterans and military service members and their respective families, seniors and their caregivers, and vulnerable populations.
What is "housing stability"?
The transition plan defines “housing stability” as the ability to gain and maintain safe, habitable housing in a community of one’s choice for less than approximately 40 percent* of household income.
*Note that “approximately 40 percent” in this definition refers to the target percentage of household income that should be spent on housing. It does not refer to the eligibility threshold that will be applied to households seeking VSHSL housing stability services—i.e, it does not refer to the percentage of Area Median Income (AMI) that a household should earn to receive VSHSL services.
Senior centers in King County—including community centers with significant senior focused programming or specific senior programs—will be notified and able to respond to a King County-administered Request For Qualification (RFQ) process to apply for VSHSL proceeds to fund the provision in 2018 of regional health and human services for seniors and 1713 their caregivers.
There are at least 39 senior centers in King County, the majority of which are underutilized due to limited budgets and resources that constrain operating hours or underfund evidence-based programs that can promote social engagement, healthy living and housing stability for seniors. This strategy would leverage the latent capacity within the existing senior center system to increase contacts and engagement with seniors across King County. Assessments of contracts let under authority of this strategy would inform any future proposals for senior center funding as part of the execution of the VSHSL Implementation Plan.
Examples of eligible expenditures for which senior centers may apply through the RFQ shall include:
- caregiver respite services
- provision of social work for seniors
- outreach and application assistance for senior property tax exemptions or housing stability programs funded by King County
- provision of nutrition services including meals-on-wheels and congregate meals
- transportation services for limited mobility or homebound seniors
- senior center facility maintenance or upgrades that enhance the ability of senior centers to serve seniors
- expansion of senior center operating hours in order to provide additional services for seniors and their caregivers.
Defining Technical Assistance & Capacity Building (TA/CB)
Ordinance 18555, Section 4.A, requires at least one percent of each year’s levy proceeds to be used to fund technical assistance and capacity building.
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building means:
Assisting small organizations, partnerships and groups to enable such entities to provide regional health and human services and capital facilities funded by the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy proceeds. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, providing or funding legal, accounting, human resources and leadership development services and support. (Ordinance 18555, Section 1.H)
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for Senior Centers
The transition plan allocates $250,000 for use as TA/CB by senior centers. Actual award amounts would result from a King County application process and be subject to availability of funds. Applications for and awards of senior center TA/CB funds shall be concurrent with the RFQ application process for and awards of senior center funding described in the “New Senior Center Investments” section of the transition plan. Eligible expenditures of TA/CB building funds for senior centers shall be defined within the application process, consistent with Ordinance 18555.
Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for Providers of Current VSHL Services that are Continued by the Transition Plan
This transition plan allocates $225,000 for TA/CB to small organizations, partnerships and groups that receive VSHSL funding pursuant to the transition plan. Senior centers are not eligible recipients of funds from this $225,000 allocation. What constitutes a small organization, partnership or group shall be defined by DCHS before DCHS releases the RFP or RFQ seeking applications for these funds. Eligible expenditures of TA/CB building funds for VSHSL-funded entities shall be defined within the application process, consistent with Ordinance 18555.
Technical Assistance for Small Organizations, Partnerships and Groups that Apply for VSHSL Funding After Adoption of the VSHSL Implementation Plan
The transition plan allocates $50,000 for use by DCHS or its contractors to offer technical assistance (TA) to small organizations, partnerships and groups that wish to apply for VSHSL funding after adoption of the VSHSL Implementation Plan. The purpose of these TA funds will be to enable small organizations, partnerships and groups equitable access to application processes for VSHSL funds. Eligible expenditures of TA shall be defined within the RFP or other King County procurement process, consistent with Ordinance 18555.
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