Submitted by Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Are you interested in learning more about efforts to address homelessness and affordable housing in our community? A Housing Stakeholder Coalition has been formed and is a platform for education and discussion around pertinent housing issues. The next meeting of this group is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the Harbor Room at the Pearsall Building (2109 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen).

Based on extensive community input and recommendations from the Housing Executive Committee and Health and Human Services Advisory Board, the Grays Harbor County Commissioners adopted the 2016 10-year Plan to End Homelessness in February 2016; it can be viewed at The plan identifies five strategies to address housing needs in our community:

  1. Fully develop a coordinated entry system that works to provide the right services at the right time to all clients seeking resources.
  2. Maintain and expand affordable housing resources.
  3. Invest in housing for vulnerable populations, including both long-term permanent housing and short-term emergency shelter.
  4. Build and strengthen the housing system.
  5. Increase community awareness and discussion of housing issues.

The January 23 meeting will include:

  • Funding recap: factors, current impacts and long term sustainability planning
  • 2017 in review
  • Look forward to 2018

If you are interested in joining the Housing Stakeholder Coalition or would like additional information contact Cassie Lentz at 360-500-4049 or A meeting calendar and materials from previous meetings are also available at

About Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department works to improve the health and well-being of the people of Grays Harbor. For more information, visit the Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department website and follow us on Facebook @healthyghc.

Featured Photo credit: Kurtis Dawson

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