Preview of next CEH Strategic Plan Ten years ago the Committee to End Homelessness set ambitious goals. We’ve made significant progress, and we’ve learned a lot. We’ve housed 37,000 people who were homeless, and we’ve made great strides addressing the needs of families, youth and the chronically homeless. We’ve managed not to lose ground through a major recession and two wars, but we know that isn’t enough. Individuals and families still find themselves in crisis. And those crises sometimes lead to homelessness. Our ten years is nearly up, and remain committed to making homelessness rare in King County, and if one becomes homeless it is brief and one-time. By January 2015, CEH will develop and adopt a new vision and plan. Our full CEH membership met in June at our annual conference, and the Interagency Council met in August to begin to develop the new strategy. Here are some highlights of our emerging vision and plan. What’s new is: A focus on creating income and employment strategies for homeless people Housing people quickly and moving them swiftly through the system, making room for others Changing public policy, influencing the systems that often deliver people into homelessness, including foster care, prisons, mental health facilities and hospitals In doing this work over time, we’ll create a system that: Is flexible and adapts as community needs change Involves more active engagement with our partners throughout the region Relies on solid data to ensure accountability and inform our strategy Has a relentless focus on ending disparities And we’ll continue to increase affordable housing options, especially for our must vulnerable, working with both the public and private sectors. We invite you to join us to ensure that we make homelessness in our county truly rare and brief for all.
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