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.
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 email@example.com
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
- 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.
For more information, contact Cassie Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org