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We believe that all Grays Harbor County residents should have decent, affordable housing.


Housing Stakeholder Coalition

A Housing Stakeholder Coalition has been formed as a platform for education and participation in implementation of strategies outlined in the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness (see below for more information about the plan).

It is an inclusive group of community stakeholders who have an interest or connection to housing programs and services in Grays Harbor.  This group provides recommendations to the Housing Executive Committee and helps guide and implement the 10-year Plan's Work Plan.

The coalition will meet quarterly (January, April, July, and October) and participants may choose to engage with specific workgroups who may meet more regularly.

Progress

  • Grays Harbor County has created and published its first annual report to measure and share information about homeless system performance. This report shows progress the County has made in key benchmarks and provides data about services provided to clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The reporting period for this report is July 2017-June 2018.

  • Washington State Department of Commerce has recently published several reports that outline the type and scale, as well as measure the effectiveness, of programs serving individuals experiencing homelessness.  These reports also show trends in service and outcomes year-to-year.

    • The Winter 2018 Report Card looks at how our county is doing in comparison to state-directed performance benchmarks including households served that exit to permanent housing and the number of households that return to homelessness after receiving services.  The reporting period for this report is October 2016-September 2017.

    • The Rapid Rehousing Dashboard focuses specifically on rental assistance programs that serve households who are actively experiencing homelessness.  Its measures include prioritizing the most vulnerable clients, average time taken to place clients into permanent housing, increasing income, and the current status of households being served in the program.  The reporting period for this report is July 2017-March 2018.

      • NEW: The Temporary Housing Dashboard focuses specifically on emergency shelter programs that are serving households who are actively experiencing homelessness. Its measures include outcomes of exited households, who are the households active in the project, and Office of Homeless Youth Safe and Stable housing measures. It includes data locally from the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Domestic Violence Shelter, and Coastal Community Action Program’s Family Shelter. The reporting period for this report is July 2017-March 2018.

    • The Year-to-Year Comparison report looks at trends in key data points over time.  The reporting period for this report is October-September for each year highlighted.

    • For more information about these measures, reporting periods, and definitions, visit https://public.tableau.com/profile/comhau#!/

  • The USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (awarded to Grays Harbor County in May 2016, see below for more information) will support a pilot project to provide outreach, engagement, assessment, and case management to homeless individuals with complex challenges (mental health issues, chemical dependency, physical disabilities, etc.).  This collaborative partnership between housing, behavioral health, social services, and businesses will provide homeless individuals will housing and employment supports.  The estimated launch date for this project is January 2018.

  • Grays Harbor County hosted a community training March 13-14, 2017 on housing best practices Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and Supported Employment (SE) for individuals experiencing homelessness, presented by nationally recognized consultants Advocates for Human Potential. The goal of this training and other future opportunities is to build our community capacity to implement these best practices – which have been demonstrated as effective and cost saving for the most vulnerable in our community. Materials from this training include:

  • The Department of Commerce has recently published "County Report Cards" to track and report housing outcomes by county.  Click here to view Grays Harbor's report card.  The county is pleased to be meeting or exceeding nationally-set benchmarks in a variety of categories and believes this information will be useful to review and communicate progress made on our 10-year Plan to End Homelessness.  The report card released this summer will reflect calendar year 2015 data, although for some measures data from other years may be included as a comparison. 

  • In May 2016, Grays Harbor County was awarded funding through the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative to provide training, technical assistance and a crucial housing inventory to further the work of the 10-year Plan.  Read more about the grant and the next steps here.

For more information or to join the Housing Stakeholder Coalition contact Cassie Lentz, Housing Resource Coordinator, at (360) 500-4049 or clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us


The 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was approved in February 2016.

This plan is the product of a comprehensive process to understand the housing needs of Grays Harbor.

A dedicated committee of local housing providers gathered and analyzed data, identified areas of strength and weakness, learned what other communities like ours are doing to end homelessness, and recommended funding priorities for the next 10 years to our county commissioners.

Along the way, we gathered input from:

  • individuals experiencing homelessness
  • local housing providers, including landlords and local governments
  • law enforcement
  • churches and faith communities
  • schools
  • behavioral health and social service providers

This work is directed by the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act of 2005 and is funded by document recording fees.

The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act outlines requirements for both county governments and the State to address homelessness.  The Act requires county governments to develop local plans to end homeless and to update the plan every 5 years.

2005 10-year Plan to End Homelessness

2010 Update

For more information, contact Cassie Lentz at clentz@co.grays-harbor.wa.us