The Coalition of Service Providers for the Homeless meets bi-monthly on the 2nd Wednesday, from 10 a.m. – noon at the YWCA, 3609 Main Street, Vancouver. For more information on HUD grants please contact the Council for the Homeless at (360) 993-9570.

To view the latest list of recipients and grant amounts, please visit the HUD website.

Clark County HUD Grant Recipients

Programs funded by CoC grants

Clark County service agencies who provide low-income housing assistance and services for homeless persons are eligible to receive supportive funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Continuum of Care (CoC) grant application process.

Under the auspices of the Continuum of Care program, and in coordination with Coalition of Service Providers for the Homeless, the Council for the Homeless coordinates the application process to benefit a variety of local programs administered by local non-profit organizations and the Vancouver Housing Authority.

The CoC Homeless Assistance programs provide permanent and transitional housing, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare for homeless persons. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, public and private nonprofit agencies.

Since 1996, the Council has led the local planning group’s bids to produce successful annual HUD funding, acquiring roughly $10 million over the last 13 years. Through a collaborative relationship and shared goals, the CoC program approach ensures an effective use of resources to eliminate homelessness in Clark County.

Current and past recipients of HUD CoC funding have included:

  • Aurora Place, a project of Second Step Housing (formerly YW Housing) that provides 12 permanent supportive housing units within a 25 unit project. The twelve units are designated for individuals and families with a disability, 2 of these are designated for persons with HIV/AIDS. Case management and other services will be available.
  • Operation Homestretch, previously administered by the Vancouver Housing Authority and now operated by Share, is a 24-month program providing rental assistance, case management, and supportive services for 10 families that are referred from one of Clark County’s emergency homeless shelters. At the end of the program, families may transition to a Section 8 subsidy to maintain their permanent housing.
  • The Way Home, operated by Community Services Northwest, combines permanent housing subsidies and a skilled social worker for individuals who have been homeless for years due to long-term substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Considered the most at risk and difficult to engage in the community, most are frequent users of emergency rooms and detox facilities. This program also provides assistance in securing and maintaining housing and ongoing motivational counseling to engage participants in chemical dependency and mental health treatment.

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  • New Dreams is a permanent tenant-based rental subsidy, linked to County-funded case management. The program, operated by Columbia River Mental Health Services, provides two years of funding to serve at least 14 homeless adults per year who have a mental illness or who are dually diagnosed and are eligible for Section 8.
  • Share Outreach is a street outreach program in Vancouver. Operated by Share, the project provides coordinated outreach to homeless single adults with drug/alcohol addictions, mental illness, and chronic, serious health problems.
  • Orchard Glen Transitional Housing provides 10 affordable housing units set aside in a 80-unit housing complex developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority and currently operated by Share. The program provides a rental subsidy to fill the gap between current rents at Orchard Glen and 30% of participant’s income.
  • WISE MOVES is a joint project of Second Step Housing and Share. It provides coordinated case management and support services for 42 homeless families, or an average of 116 individuals each year. Services include assistance with education, employment (including clothing and tools) and transportation (bus passes and auto repair). Childcare is available for families who are not eligible for TANF childcare funds.
  • HMIS is the Homeless Management Information System, managed by Council for the Homeless. Currently, 43 programs and 11 agencies serving individuals and families experiencing homeless are linked into the network. HUD expansion grants enable more programs to be networked together to generate accurate data on utilization of services within the county. The grant also funds supplementary staff to assist in management of the computer network and to provide regular training opportunities to agency staff of participating service-providers for improved data acquisition.
  • Housing Unlimited, a project of the Vancouver Housing Authority, provides 18 permanent supported housing opportunities individuals, with a preference for veterans. Participants must stay at Central Park Place for one year. The complex is a 124-unit SRO (single resident occupancy) for single low-income adults located adjacent to the Center for Community Health, a service provider hub. Residents must be referred through their case manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs, a mental health agency, a shelter program, or other qualified agency. The project is a collaborative effort by the housing authority, the Council, and various community groups.
  • Story Street provides 20 rental subsidies and case management support services for individuals and families who are homeless and disabled. Story Street is a collaborative project of two agencies, Second Step Housing and Share. Participants will have one or more disability, including mental illness, long-term substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and/or a developmental disability. Recent expansion added 6 beds for persons identified as chronically homeless.

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