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Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH)

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges must select four college districts, two on each side of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, to participate in a pilot program to assist students experiencing homelessness and students who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school (program-eligible students).

The colleges chosen to participate in the pilot program must provide certain accommodations to students that may include, but are not limited to:

  • access to laundry facilities;
  • access to storage, locker room and shower facilities;
  • reduced-price meals or meal plans, and access to food banks
  • access to technology
  • access to short-term housing or housing assistance, especially during seasonal breaks
  • case management services

Colleges may also establish plans to develop surplus property for affordable housing.

Colleges participating in the pilot program must provide information to students on existing community resources for individuals experiencing homelessness, including nonprofit organizations, the local housing authority, and the Department of Commerce's Office of Homeless Youth.


Jessica Porter
Education Program Manager, Workforce Education

Erin Frasier
Policy Associate, Workforce Education


Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates
Applications available in OGMS Friday, September 13, 2019
Q&A closes Thursday, October 10, 2019
Applications due in OGMS Thursday, October 17, 2019
Applicants notified of approval status Mid-November 2019
Allocations begin December 1, 2019
Expenditure Reports due

July 15, 2020
July 15, 2021

Formative Reports due

July 31, 2020
November 15, 2020
July 31, 2021
November 15, 2021

Summative Findings Report

October 1, 2021

Application Questions and Answers

A Q&A process was being held for this funding, as the application was competitive. Please submit all questions to Jessica Porter. This document can be found below. 

2019-21 SSEH Technical Assistance Webinar

A webinar providing information for organizations wishing to apply for this funding occurred on September 25, 2019. All information presented in the webinar can be found in the notes of the PowerPoint linked below.

Program Resources and Guidelines

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