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March 23, 2020

$30M emergency grants for housing

OLYMPIA— To address COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Commerce is making $30 million accessible to all Washington counties to help local governments create quarantine and isolation housing for people experiencing homelessness and others who can't isolate at home.

In a press release, the department said each county will receive a minimum of $250,000 from the new emergency grant program, with the rest distributed based on the number of homeless people as measured by the annual Point-In-Time Count.

The funding will be used to create isolation and quarantine housing, as well as additional emergency shelter capacity to replace capacity lost when the state required increased social distancing and sanitation. Funds can also be used for other associated costs.

For more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/rencb9u/.

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