Public Workshops on Homeless Response Strategies

City of Olympia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date of Release: April 04, 2019
Contact:

Amy Buckler
Downtown Programs Manager
360.570.5847
abuckler@ci.olympia.wa.us


Public Workshops on Homeless Response Strategies

The public is invited to participate in either of two upcoming workshops to help identify long-term strategies and actions for addressing homelessness in our community. These workshops are identical in format; offered twice to increase participation:

  • Sat., April 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Olympia High School Commons, 1302 North St SE, Olympia
  • Sat., May 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Capital High School Commons, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia

Homelessness is the most significant and urgent public concern facing our community. The 2018 Point in Time Census counted 835 homeless individuals in the county, marking a 56% increase from 2017. Homelessness and related impacts are regional issues that affect everyone in our community. An effective long-term response will require broad collaboration among all our local government entities, the State, non-profits, the faith community, private sector and input of individual citizens.

Can’t Make the Workshop? Provide Feedback Online.

Those who cannot attend can complete an online survey at Engage Olympia to help us better understand what you are currently experiencing, feeling, and thinking about this complex issue. Email registration is required; however, your email will not be shared publically.

We also encourage all community members to sign up for weekly email updates about the City’s homeless response and upcoming opportunities to get involved. Sign up at olympiawa.gov/subscribe.

About the Long-term Homeless Response Plan

While the City of Olympia continues day-to-day actions in response to the emergency situation, we are also inviting the community and regional partners to participate in the development of a Homeless Response Plan. The result will be long-term strategies and actions, new and strengthened regional partnerships, and performance measures to gauge progress overtime. This effort is being shepherded by a Community Work Group made up of 12 diverse community members whose role is to ensure that a diverse and inclusive set of perspectives and experiences are represented and integrated into the process and resulting outcomes. Learn more about the Community Work Group.

At this beginning stage, we are deeply listening and learning from community members and partner organizations. We are asking what’s working, what’s not working, what does success look like and what are the barriers and opportunities. As we move through the process, we will draft, test and establish long-terms strategies, actions and partnerships. Along the way, participants will have opportunities to share their unique experiences and ideas, engage in meaningful dialogue, and provide critical input into how we, the community, address homelessness going forward.