Solidarity Fund – Rapid Response to COVID-19 pandemic

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness announces the launch of our Solidarity Fund. 
This is a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the clear and disproportionate dangers this emergency presents to people already experiencing homelessness.  
Solidarity Funds are available to help local organizations address urgent on-the-ground needs with flexibility and speed.

Donate to our Solidarity Fund:
Select “Solidarity Fund” on our donation page as the gift designation.

What can funds be used for?
Funds are intended to support programming and direct services, or bolster internal operations to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell us what you need to do your work.  
We will consider requests to fund tangible goods, supplies, and direct services up to $5,000. Requests over $5,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis as our funding pool allows.

Please note: We created this fund quickly as generous people asked us how to offer immediate help in an unprecedented emergency on top of the crisis of homelessness. This is a new area of work for us, and a work in progress, subject to revision as we learn and get feedback. Our goal is for the Solidarity Fund to be a responsive, streamlined, useful, and equitable source of practical support.

Our members have first-hand knowledge about homelessness and the strengths and gaps in services and systems. This grounds our work in reality. The Solidarity Fund is intended to respond to that reality and improve life, health, and safety for people in our community NOW.  We will continue to advocate for massive, coordinated, and effective government response and strengthened public policies at the local, state, and federal levels.  

Administration: We will draw a 10% administrative fee from the funding pool to cover costs to the Coalition of administering these grants. 

Applicants must:

  1. Be either 501c3 or fiscally sponsored.
  2. Provide direct services (outreach, shelter, day or hygiene services) or rent-restricted affordable housing to people who are homeless or who were formerly homeless, live in King County, and are living at or below 30% of the area median income.
  3. Have a clear plan and the capacity to spend funds within 90 days.

Applications will be prioritized by:

  1. Coalition member organizations [Membership dues are sliding scale and current ability to pay full dues should not be a barrier to membership. Please see our Membership page here.].
  2. Organizations with budgets of under $1,500,000 (we will consider requests from larger organizations but wish to prioritize smaller entities).
  3. Organizations that serve people who are currently without housing or shelter or people at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 or suffering severe health consequences if they do.
  4. Proposals that help meet needs not addressed adequately by existing public resources.

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, complete this google form or request an electronic or hard copy of the form, and submit it along with simple backup documentation to solidarity@homelessinfo.org. Review and turnaround will be within 7-10 days (we will be as responsive as possible).

Review criteria will include:

  • Applicant can demonstrate experience working respectfully and effectively with people experiencing homelessness or providing housing services to people who were formerly homeless.
  • Applicant has a clear plan to carry out proposed activity or deploy resource for which funds are requested within 90 days.
  • Applicant serves people who are unable to access mainstream services or advocate effectively for themselves; people who are without shelter; people who are at high risk to contract infectious diseases or suffer serious effects of such diseases.

A report, consisting of a brief narrative account of services provided or resources obtained and relevant receipts, is expected within 90 days of the grant being made. Reports may be made verbally by phone or video call, over email, or on-line.  

Please send questions to solidarity@homelessinfo.org  

Exclusions:

  1. Organizations that exclusively provide healthcare.
  2. Organizations that proselytize or require participation in religious activities or programming to be eligible or prioritized for services.
  3. Organizations that question or deny scientific evidence or best practices related to disease transmission, harm reduction, public health, or civil rights.
  4. Organizations that discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity, religious belief or lack thereof, immigration status.