Share Housing & Essential Needs Program

The Housing and Essential Needs (HEN) program helps ensure that temporary disabilities don’t force people onto the streets, by providing emergency rent & utility assistance and by providing access to some of life’s most basic household and sanitary needs.

Who Qualifies:

The HEN program assists people who qualify through the Department of Social & Human Services and who have been determined to be temporarily unable to work due to a mental health or physical health issue. This program is for single individuals only.

What HEN Provides:

The program can provide support in the form of rent and utility assistance, as well as, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies and transportation in the form of bus passes. There are no cash benefits available.

Contacts for HEN:

Mike Norman: (360) 952-8212
John Kimball: (360) 952-8213

The Guidelines will be updated to include the following:

• Hotel/Motel Rental Agreements in Allowable Rent/Utility Assistance:
Grantees may use HEN funds to pay for rent per a rental agreement with hotel/motels for temporarily housing people who are homeless. The hotel/motel room should be considered a short term measure while a more permanent housing solution is identified. The cost should be close to the budgeted amount grantees determined for homeless rents.

• Fuel Vouchers in Allowable Essential Needs Assistance:
Grantees may use HEN funds to provide automobile fuel vouchers. Grantees need to ensure that the vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash and they should be in limited/reasonable quantities.

Click on the link below to view the complete HEN guidelines:
Guidelines for Housing & Essential Needs Program

Documentation that must be provided by the client:

  • Rental Agreement
  • Lease
  • Certification from friend/family of a payment obligation
  • Pay/Vacate Notice
  • Eviction Notice
  • Certification from friend/family of potential eviction
  • Utility bill
  • Utility Late Payment
  • Utility Shut off Notice

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