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Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) Pilot Program

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) Pilot Program

The Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness (SSEH) Pilot was first established during the 2019 legislative session when the Washington State Legislature passed Second Substitute Senate Bill (2SSB) 5800 concerning homeless college students and then expanded by Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1166 in 2021. Subsequently, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges selected eight college districts through a competitive application process to participate in the pilot program to assist students experiencing homelessness and/or who were in the foster care system when they graduated high school. The Washington Student Achievement Council selected four public baccalaureate institutions to participate in a corresponding pilot program

Participating colleges are responsible for providing a variety of accommodations and services to eligible students that may include: housing and food assistance; access to laundry and shower facilities, secure storage and mailstop; and case management services. Colleges may also establish plans to develop surplus property for affordable housing to accommodate the needs of eligible students. Participating colleges must also provide information to students on existing community resources for individuals experiencing homelessness and contribute to a joint report facilitated by the SBCTC to the appropriate committees of the Legislature by December 1, 2023. 

Colleges not selected for the pilot program are encouraged to implement accommodations for students experiencing homelessness, participate in learning communities facilitated by the SBCTC and WSAC, and submit data required of the pilot program participants to enhance efforts to highlight student needs throughout the community and technical college system. 

The pilot program expires July 1, 2024.

Participating Colleges

  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Bellevue College
  • Big Bend Community College
  • Cascadia College
  • Centralia College
  • Clark College
  • Columbia Basin College
  • Edmonds College
  • Everett Community College
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Green River College
  • Highline College
  • Lake WA Institute of Technology
  • Lower Columbia College
  • North Seattle College
  • Olympic College
  • Pierce College District
  • Renton Technical College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Spokane Community College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Walla Walla Community College
  • Wenatchee Valley College
  • Yakima Valley Community College


Jennifer Dellinger
Policy Associate, Student Services; Student Support Programs

Laura Coghlan
Program Administrator,  SSEH Pilot Program


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Last Modified: 3/28/23, 4:21 PM

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