OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced the awarding of $1.73 million in competitive grants from the state’s Homeless Students Stability Program to five projects that will provide services to help students and families experiencing homelessness, including unaccompanied students, in Washington’s K-12 public school system.

One of the recipients is the Opportunity Council based in Bellingham, receiving $265,081.

The money will be used to expand supports, including case managers located in schools and able to travel throughout the county in order to meet families in convenient locations, and a housing specialist to engage them in diversion and problem-solving.

The goal is to provide ongoing, client-centered case management to those at risk of homelessness who do not have access to other programs for help obtaining permanent housing.

Funding will also allow Northwest Youth Services to provide more help, including building high-quality case management relationships with youth to identify secure, safe and stable housing, assistance with developing goals and action plans, referrals and in-person connections to community resources.

Other grants were to Clark, Pierce, King and Yakima counties.