KITH provides family‑centered housing and services to King County residents who are facing a homelessness crisis. While meeting critical needs for housing and services, KITH assists families as they work to transform their lives.
KITH works with families in crisis to stabilize their situation. At the heart of KITH’s Housing Program is Case Management, a structured program in which participants regularly meet with trained case managers to establish and work toward individualized goals. As families achieve their goals, including gaining employment skills, improving credit, or furthering their education, they interrupt the cycle of homelessness by building the strength to return to self-determination and self‑sufficiency.
KITH refers clients to needed services, homelessness prevention resources, and ultimately assists them in securing permanent housing. KITH also partners with a wide range of community programs and agencies to provide participants with every resource possible.
To qualify for housing through KITH, a family must be homeless or at risk of homelessness. Families referred through Family Housing Connection (2‑1‑1) meet with KITH Case Managers who assess the extent of each client’s needs and KITH’s capacity to address those needs. Case Managers also assess applicants’ commitment to working on goals and issues.
Case Management is a key element of KITH’s Housing Program. Clients participate in a regular program of Case Management and follow through on their individual plans while they are in KITH housing. Each session with a Case Manager focuses on evaluating progress, working on areas of concern, and exploring ways to eliminate barriers to success.
Participants pay rent based on income level, depending on their circumstances. Families typically stay in KITH Housing 6 to 24 months, with an average stay of 22 months. As of January 1, 2013, at the merger of KITH and our partner Housing at the Crossroads, KITH now owns 32 apartments and contracts with other providers for additional placements.
As families transition out of KITH housing, KITH works with them to secure new, more permanent homes. Some families may have the opportunity to transition into KITH’s low-income Supportive Housing, as it is available. Case Management is provided as needed; residents also participate in community‑building activities. Eligibility is re‑assessed on an annual basis. Home ownership through first‑time buyers programs is encouraged for participants ready to achieve this goal.
KITH only receives referrals for housing from 2‑1‑1, so if you are homeless and seeking housing assistance, KITH encourages you to call 2‑1‑1 today.
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