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  • Addressing Homelessness

    2015-2019 CEH Strategic Plan Ratified June 30, 2015

    Following over a year of intensive planning and outreach, and with input from over 500 stakeholders, the CEH Governing Board unanimously passed the CEH Strategic Plan at the Annual Conference and final Governing Board meeting on June 30, 2015 at South Seattle Community College. Find the final version of the plan here. The Strategic Plan serves as CEH's 2014 Annual Report.

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the contributors to the Strategic Plan. This four-year plan is a recommitment to engaging the full community in ending homelessness. Our vision aims to make homelessness rare in King County, eliminate racial disparities, and if one becomes homeless, that the experience of homelessness be brief and only a one-time occurrence. Though the real work is now beginning, we are confident that should we all take seriously the commitment to building a vast and committed Community to End Homelessness, we can make tremendous strides towards reaching these goals!

  • CEH Annual Report

    CEH Coordinating Board Application Open through July 28

    Along with the Plan, the Governing Board passed the CEH Charter, which establishes CEH's new governing structure. To increase accountability and streamline the decision making process, the Governing Board and the Inter-Agency Council will be replaced by a single Coordinating Board of 25-30 members. In the selection process, representational categories shall be identified to ensure that membership comprises an appropriate array of committed private and public sector community leaders working to end homelessness, and who reflect the diversity of people experiencing homelessness and regional differences. We encourage anyone who is interested to apply via our online application by July 28. In order to reach applicants who feel most comfortable submitting a verbal application, we will be holding an in-person event July 21, 2-4 pm. You may also schedule a phone interview by emailing cehkc@cehkc.org for more information.

  • One Home Campaign

    One Home Campaign

    At any given time, roughly 1,000 people in King County have what they need to put homelessness firmly behind them — a rental housing voucher — but they can't find a place to use it in King County's competitive rental market. These 1,000 renters need housing, and we have incentives, protections and services that are available to landlords today, at no cost.

    Learn about these incentives through the One Home campaign, a partnership between government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and property owners.

  • 2015 Legislative Priorities

    2015 Legislative Priorities

    With the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session fast approaching, CEH has identified several pieces of legislation that can help make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time in King County. Read a full list of CEH endorsed legislative priorities.

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Update 7/1/15: CEH Strategic Plan Ratified by Unanimous Vote at Final Governing Board Meeting June 30.

See Box 1 above for more information about the Plan. Other Highlights of the Final Governing Board meeting and Annual Conference:

  • Mayor Ed Murray named June 30, 2015 "Dan Brettler Day" in honor of the ten years of service, leadership, and unwavering dedication Dan has demonstrated as a co-chair of the Governing Board.

  • Doreen Marchione was appointed to the CEH Executive committee, as Sound Cities representative

  • Seattle Councilmember John Okamoto was appointed to the Governing Board.

  • We heard two wonderful speakers – Robin and Jason - from "the Moth" podcast, who shared their stories of experiencing homelessness in and around King County. Their powerful stories can be found here: http://projectonfamilyhomelessness.org/985-2/

Thank you to all who attended and shared their thoughts and reflections of the last ten years.

CEH Coordinating Board Application Open through July 28

See Box 2 above for more information about CEH's new governing structure. We encourage anyone who is interested in sitting on the new Coordinating Board to apply via our online application by July 28. In order to reach applicants who feel most comfortable submitting a verbal application, we will be holding an in-person event July 21, 2-4 pm. You may also schedule a phone interview by emailing cehkc@cehkc.org for more information.

UPDATE 6/30/15: An updated King County Combined Funders Notice of Funding Availability has been posted.

Read the full updated notice on King County's website under What's New.

One Night Count Final Tally Shows Decline in Unsheltered Veterans and Chronically Homeless

The final tally from the One Night Count in January shows a notable reduction in the number of homeless veterans and people with chronic homelessness. Compared to 2014, the number of veterans without shelter decreased by nearly 15 percent, and the number of chronically homeless people without shelter declined by over 30 percent. Overall, the point-in-time count found a total of 10,047 people homeless on January 23, 2015, up 8 percent over 2014, including 3,772 who were unsheltered and 6,275 who were living in shelter or temporary housing. The unsheltered count of 3,772 was a 21 percent increase from the 2014 unsheltered count of 3,123. See the full report here and read the press release here.

One Home Campaign

At any given time, roughly 1,000 people in King County have what they need to put homelessness firmly behind them — a rental housing voucher — but they can't find a place to use it in King County's competitive rental market. These 1,000 renters need housing, and we have incentives, protections and services that are available to landlords today, at no cost.

Learn about these incentives through the One Home campaign, a partnership between government, nonprofits, philanthropy, and property owners.

2015 CEH Legislative Priorities

With the 2015 Washington State Legislative Session fast approaching, CEH has identified several pieces of legislation that can help make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time in King County. Read descriptions of the three priorities led by CEH at the upcoming session below or read a full list of CEH endorsed legislative priorities.

Single Adult Taskforce Brief on Interim Survival Mechanisms

CEH's Single Adult Taskforce created a brief on Interim Survival Mechanisms in King County, such as tent encampments and car camping. Read their analysis and policy recommendations here.

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  Updated: July 1, 2015