Thurston County's Housing & Homelessness Services and
Program's purpose is threefold: (1) to create and preserve
decent affordable housing; (2) to end homelessness; and (3) to
make capital investments which improve the viability,
livability, and economic stability of Thurston County
communities, particularly low-and moderate-income communities.
Much of the work is accomplished through value partnership in
the community, such as non-profit organizations, public housing
authorities, and suburban cities.
Within Housing & Homelessness, there are four (4) sections
that have specific roles in helping accomplish the mission.
The Housing and Community Development Program (HCD) has a
number of programs that work towards the goal of creating safe,
decent affordable housing in King County. We have a finance
program that provides competitive funding for housing developers
to create new units of affordable housing.
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The Homeless Housing Program funds organizations that provide
homeless prevention services, emergency and transitional housing
services, and permanent supportive housing for previously
The Affordable Housing Planning and Development Section
prepares a variety of housing plans or strategies, including all
federally-required housing plans as well as specific housing
plans for special populations, such as people with developmental
disabilities. This section also implements the County's
development incentives programs, which are designed to encourage
private developers to include affordable housing in their