The new funding plan marks the first time the city has asked Seattle organizations to rebid for funds for services for homeless people. In the process, some longtime providers lost their city contracts.
Seattle homeless-service providers say they can double the number of people who are helped out of local shelters or off city streets and into homes of their own by the end of next year.
And the city of Seattle, which is awarding $34 million in new city-funded contracts to fight homelessness, says it will hold those providers to their promises with new performance benchmarks.
The city’s new contract awards go to 30 agencies chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants under the first rebidding for the city’s spending on homelessness in more than a decade. The city received $105 million in requests from providers for that $34 million in city general-fund dollars.