The Seattle Channel this week features the City and county’s response to homelessness on the program “City Inside/Out.” See the video here. Among the featured guests is the Seattle Human Services Department Interim Director Catherine Lester. The program explores the issue of homelessness and the region’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness, including the City’s Center City Initiative.
On Monday and Tuesday, April 25th and 26th, 2011, the Committee to End Homelessness will host community discussions or “charettes” on key policy changes needed to fully implement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The charrettes will be held at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 – 42nd Avenue S, Tukwila WA on Monday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
These discussions will take place in the context of two-hour conversations among national and local experts and interested community members on what key policy changes are needed during years six through ten of The Plan. On Thursday, April 28th from 3 to 5 p.m., the Committee will roll out the first draft of the plan for comment. This meeting will also take place at Tukwila Community Center.
The Committee to End Homelessness is conducting a Mid Plan Review of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in King County, and will host a series of open meetings to gather input on which key policy questions are most important to answer for the second half of the Ten-Year Plan. The community meetings will be held:
- Tues., March 1, New Holly Gathering Hall, 4 – 5:30 p.m. (7050 32nd Ave S., Seattle, four blocks west of MLK Jr. Way S. & S. Othello)
- Wed., March 2, SeaTac City Hall, 9 – 10:30 a.m. (4800 S. 188th St, SeaTac, just off I-5 at exit 152)
- Wed., March 2, Bellevue City Hall, 4 – 5:30 pm (450 110th Ave. NE., near the Bellevue Transit Center)
In 2005, our region embraced a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and established the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH), charged with implementing the goals of the Ten-Year Plan: prevent homelessness whenever possible; move people rapidly from homelessness to stable housing; increase the efficiency of existing systems and improve collaboration; and create the public and political will to end homelessness. Now, in year five of the Ten-Year Plan, CEH is conducting a mid-plan review. It will look at the original goals, accomplishments to date, external forces affecting implementation of the plan, including (and especially) changes in the economy and the emerging federal and state priorities relating to housing and homelessness. Most important, the mid-point review will develop recommendations for what we need to do going forward, as a region, to achieve the goal of ending homelessness, with a particular focus on what we need to be doing differently.
These community meetings will be followed by a charrette April 24 and 25, open to the public, where the selected questions will be discussed and answered. Questions: Gretchen Bruce, CEH Program Manager, 206-263-9085, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this Web site.