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Housing Quick Guide

OVERVIEW:
The Housing Quick Guides is for Individuals/Families who are struggling to find or pay for housing within their budget, facing eviction, or is literally homeless.  Family may be living in an environment which is detrimental to the family like housing with mold, electrical issues, unsafe persons, etc. Also due to a multitude of reasons individuals/families can be in continual movement without finding permanent housing for themselves or for their families.

GOAL:
The goal of the Housing Quick Guide is to ensure that their basic needs are being met, while simultaneously finding the resources that can provide housing stability. Without adequate shelter, it can be next to impossible for an individual or a family to work on long term sustainability and self-sufficiency. 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

  • A person is deemed “homeless” when on any particular day or night they have not had decent and safe shelter, or had sufficient funds to purchase a place to stay. Under this definition an individual who is temporary staying with family or friends does not technically qualify as “homeless”.
  • Unfortunately many rental assistance programs are not able to assist with mortgages, for  more information on foreclosure prevention, see the  Foreclosure Information folder
  • Single fathers with children can be a challenging homeless population to work with. Often time’s shelters are not set up to work with this population. Finding locations that offer hotel vouchers are often the best solution to temporarily house these individuals.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
When renting in the state of Washington, the tenant has certain rights and there are certain actions a landlord cannot legally take. (If a client is suspecting that they were illegally treated by a landlord check out the document Your rights as a tenant in Washington State , also available in Spanish).

When facing an eviction there are certain steps a tenant can take to either prevent the eviction if they believe they are unfairly being evicted (for more information see Eviction Defense also available in Spanish; or they can find an emergency housing program that can assist in eviction prevention as well as providing case management. For more information on the programs to assist in housing emergencies, see the Housing Resource Tool.

Victims of Domestic Violence have certain rights and protections when it comes to housing, (for more information see housing rights of victims of domestic violence).

HOMELESSNESS and VETERANS
Currently in this country, Veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population. Veterans make up less than 8% of the overall population, yet make up 18% of the homeless population. Fortunately there are programs out there that can help. One of these programs is the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families grant which can provide housing assistance to veterans and their families. (For more information about this program at the Housing Resource Tool found below).

TAKE ACTION:
For more information on resources in the community, see the housing resource tool
For additional housing options, see the Housing Directory