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1 <br />Kittitas County Homeless and Affordable Housing Committee <br />205 W. 5th Street <br />Ellensburg, WA 98926 <br /> <br /> <br />MEMORANDUM <br /> <br /> <br />Date: January 19, 2011 <br /> <br />To: Kittitas County Board of Commissioners <br /> <br />CC: Judy Pless, Jerry Pettit, Kittitas County Auditor <br /> <br />From: Kittitas County Homeless and Affordable Housing Committee <br />(Committee) <br /> <br />Re: Senior Rent Assistance Program for Kittitas County (SRA), funding <br />recommendation for 2011 <br /> <br /> <br />Background: The Committee recently received a request for $61,500 from <br />Hopesource for 2011 funding of the Senior Rent Assistance Program. Broken down, <br />$50,000 of the request would pay direct to seniors for rent assistance; $11,500 <br />would be used for staffing costs. <br /> <br />Recommendation: The Committee has studied the current request and is <br />recommending that $35,000 be awarded for direct services and $8050 for case <br />management for an annual total of $43,050 for each of the next two years (2011 and <br />2012). These figures represent a 30% reduction in the current level of funding. <br />Also recommended is that the case management part of this proposal be taken from <br />the HSB 2163 Homeless fund.,. The Committee strongly urges the BOCC to request <br />that these case management funds be used to help these individuals find more <br />affordable housing and improve their fiscal situations, rather than support rental <br />payments that are too high for long-term self- reliance. <br /> <br />Discussion: <br />1. While the 10-year plan includes rental assistance for persons struggling to keep <br />their homes, the Committee believes that the long-term, consistent funding of the <br />Senior Rent Assistance program from the SB 2060 funds is not the intended use of <br />these funds. As in other rental assistance programs funded by 2060 or 2163 funds, <br />persons receiving these funds need this assistance to allow them time and help to <br />find more affordable housing for their income levels. Additionally, the SRA program <br />as it is currently structured does not facilitate the use of these funds to expand the <br />affordable housing options in this county, a major goal of the Committee’s in the 10- <br />year plan.