Clallam County considers relocation allowances

PORT ANGELES — Clallam County commissioners will review contracts with six social service agencies totaling $300,000 for “rapid relocation,” motel and hotel room rentals and similar services for the homeless population.

The commissioners will review the contracts during their 9 a.m. business meeting in the Clallam County Courthouse Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles. They are expected to take action on contracts during next week’s regular session, set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday August 23.

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services received the money from the state Department of Commerce for “hotel rentals and prompt relocation,” according to a memo provided to commissioners.

The Commerce Department uses funds from state document registration fees to pay for the grants. Registration fees are charged by a government agency for registering or recording the purchase or sale of real estate so that it becomes a public record.

The grant money covers the rental of hotel and motel rooms (from single rooms to blocks of rooms to entire buildings), repairing damage to rooms beyond normal wear and tear, l rental assistance for homeless people (rapid rehousing), housing awareness and associated costs.

The money must be spent between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Here are the contracts the commissioners will review:

• A $35,775 contract with Clallam County’s Serenity House would pay for hotel stays for families with children when the shelter is at capacity and those who need contagious disease quarantine space after left the hospital.

• An $80,145 contract with First Step Family Support Center would cover overnight hotel rooms, weekly hotel rooms, deposits needed for rapid relocation, and rental assistance.

• A $75,050 contract with Reflections Counseling Services Group would pay for rapid relocation funds to be allocated for emergency hotel accommodations, move-in assistance (including deposits, first and last month’s rent, application fees), costs associated with moving to Oxford Housing and outreach.

• A $41,200 contract with the Olympic Peninsula Community Clinic would cover rapid relocation needs such as Oxford House deposits, first month’s rent, housing application fees, hotel rental/ emergency stays and outreach.

• A $59,250 contract with the Olympic Community Action Program would cover housing for homeless individuals or families in hotel/motel rooms in Sequim until housing becomes available, outreach and costs associates.

• An $8,580 contract with The Answer for Youth (TAFY) would pay for palliative measures to cover the immediate needs of those at imminent risk of homelessness, such as emergency rent payments, emergency car repair for maintain employment and emergency utility payments.

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James V. Hayes