A Housing Stakeholder Coalition is being formed to guide efforts to address homelessness in Grays Harbor over the next 10 years.  The kick-off meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th at 9 am in the Harbor Room at the Pearsall Building (2109 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen).

 

The meeting will cover:

  • Overview of the 2016 10-year Plan to End Homelessness
  • Identified strategies and next steps
  • Purpose and illustration of coalition structure
  • How coalition members can contribute and what they can expect

County commissioners recently accepted the 2016 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, it can be viewed at www.healthygh.org/housing. The plan identifies five strategies to address housing needs in our community:

  1. Fully develop a coordinated entry system that works to provide the right services at the right time to all clients seeking resources.
  2. Maintain and expand affordable housing resources.
  3. Invest in housing for vulnerable populations, including both long-term permanent housing and short-term emergency shelter.
  4. Build and strengthen the housing system.
  5. Increase community awareness and discussion of housing issues.

Each strategy has a series of action steps organized by short (1-3 years), medium (3-5 years), and long-term (5-10 years) goals.

 

A Housing Executive Committee has been working to steer the planning process over the last year, but input and work from a large variety of community stakeholders will be critical in the success of implementing the plan.  If you are interested in joining the Housing Stakeholder Coalition or would like additional information contact Cassie Lentz at 360-500-4049 or [email protected].