Federal grant funds are coming to Grays Harbor, Pacific, and 3 other Washington counties to address opioid addiction, homelessness and paths to re-employment.
In a release from Governor Jay Inslee, he says that federal officials awarded the state roughly $887,000 in new federal funds to focus on homeless Washingtonians affected by opioid use disorder.
The National Health Emergency (NHE) Disaster Recovery Dislocated Worker Grant funding is intended to support efforts to serve up to 80 at-risk homeless individuals in the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area (PacMtn), which covers Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Mason,and Lewis counties.
According to Inslee, these funds supplement a nearly $5 million NHE Opioid Dislocated Worker Demonstration grant announced in July 2018 to support work in the same five-county region as well as Snohomish county—and allow regional partners to zero in on a particularly acute reason for homelessness across the region.
The Employment Security Department, the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn), WorkSource Thurston and other partners will use the funds to:
Inslee pointed to assistance for those suffering from addiction.
Effective treatment is available for those affected by opioid use disorder. Call the 24-hour Washington Recovery Help Line at 866-789-1511 or visit WARecoveryHelpline.org.