HOMELESS STUDENT STABILITY
In consortium with Raymond and South Bend School Districts, OBSD received the Homeless Student Stability Program (HSSP) from the Washington State Department of Commerce. This demonstration grant was awarded to four school districts in the state, Pacific county being the only rural recipient.
HSSP-eligible school districts must have at least 50 homeless students as defined by McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. According to 2015 McKinney Vento counts, Ocean Beach School District had 120 homeless students, Raymond counted 59 and South Bend counted 58.
The HSSP grant awards over $200,000 during the 2016-2017 school year. Locally it is funding two half time school based housing navigator positions contracted out of Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP). It also provides for some rent assistance and other housing help.
PERMANENT SUPPORTED HOUSING
The second grant was awarded to Pacific County Health & Human Services from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD funds are approximately $227,000 annually for permanent supported housing, which will be contracted through CCAP.
The HUD grant includes funding for 18 apartment units, eight in South Bend and 10 in Long Beach and a full time project manager/case manager.
Those who qualify must be chronically homeless and have one household member with a disabling condition, whether physical, mental, development, elderly or disabled veteran.
In addition to permanent housing, HUD provides funding for support services based on individual need. These may include job training or employment placement, mental health therapy, assistance with medical appointments, and more.
COASTAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM (CCAP)
Starting in January 2016, CCAP took over as the lead housing and homeless services provider in Pacific County, administering local and state funds to provide housing case management and rent assistance. They serve as the single coordinated point of entry for any individual or family experiencing or at risk of homelessness. CCAP provides a range of services in Pacific County, including low income home energy assistance, home weatherization, in-home care, senior nutrition, Meals on Wheels, and more.