This winter 2017 series of public forums will explore the scope and causes of homelessness in Island and Snohomish Counties. Experts and audience members will share ideas for solving the problem.
Forums will be held in Langley, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Mountlake Terrace at the locations listed below.
The 90-minute forums will begin at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:10 p.m.
Jan. 10, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Video from the forum
Photos from the forum
Panelists: Joanne Pelant, housing resource coordinator, Island County Department of Human Services; Faith Wilder, president of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition. Lori Cavender, founder of Ryan's House for Youth and creator of Island County's only Host Home program; Vivian Rogers Decker, founder and president of SPIN Café in Oak Harbor
Moderator: Marshall Goldberg
Jan. 26, Lake Stevens School District Administration Building
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Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Julio Cortes, public relations manager, Cocoon House; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center; Lake Stevens Chief of Police John Dyer
Moderator: Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer
Feb. 22, Weston High School Commons, 4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington
Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Nicolas Quijano, Advocate Supervisor, Cocoon House; Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, Lake Stevens Family Center and Granite Falls Family Support Center; Lynda Plummer, assistant director of social services, Housing Hope.
Moderator: Barbara Tolbert, Mayor of Arlington
Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.
Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Elysa Hovard, director of outreach, Cocoon House; Mark Waldin, program manager of South Snohomish County Emergency Cold Weather Shelter; Elizabeth Kohl, director of social services for Housing Hope.
Moderator: Kathy Coffey, executive director of Leadership Snohomish County and member, Lynnwood Human Services Commission.
Snohomish County: Office of Community & Homeless Services (OCHS) OCHS performs grants administration and planning required to manage federal, state, and local funds. It also provides direct services to clients through the Housing and Essential Needs Program and the Investing In Futures Initiative.
Lake Stevens Family Center A program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest that provides individuals, families and children with access to food, housing, clothing and other services to ensure stability and reduce child abuse and neglect.
Washington State 211 Network 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.
Whidbey Homeless Coalition A broad group of concerned people and organizations from all areas of South Whidbey and including government, social services, church, business and fraternal organization as well as individuals from all walks of life.
Opportunity Council of Island County "Helping people help themselves", the Opportunity Council works as a catalyst for positive change in our community in the lives of low-income and disadvantaged people
Housing Authority of Snohomish County HASC administers several programs that assist homeless individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.
Cocoon House Cocoon House provides short- and long-term housing to homeless people ages 12-17 years old, and their children. Teens receive help engaging in school, preparing for employment, learning life skills, and accessing community services.
National Alliance to End Homelessness A nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.
Ryan’s House for Youth Ryan’s House serves Whidbey Island youth ages 13-24 with a Drop-in Center in Freeland offering food, friendship, and adult support. Services include housing assistance, conflict mediation, and programs for addictions and/or mental illness.
Island County Human Services The Housing Support Center conducts screenings and assessments for all Island County housing programs.
Housing Hope Housing Hope serves Snohomish County families who have faced homelessness, job loss and addiction to gain stability and hope.
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Comprehensive research service with 375 full-text databases, a collection of 600,000-plus ebooks, subject indexes, point-of-care medical references, and an array of historical digital archives. In addition, you can search a portfolio of journals and magazines.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Encyclopedias and research books with information about homelessness.
- MasterFILE Premier
Articles, dating back to 1975, covering a broad range of subjects including business, education, health, science and multi-cultural issues—plus a digital image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Use search terms such as "homelessness" or "homeless people" for best results.
- ProQuest Family Health
Journals and magazines covering a range of health subjects, from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.
- ProQuest Research Library
Mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers with broad, inclusive coverage of a wide range of popular academic subjects.
- U.S. History in Context
Full text documents, reference articles, and journals covering United States history from pre-colonial times to the present. Content is aligned with Washington State curriculum standards for middle and high schools; check “Curriculum Standards” within the resource for details.
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Sno-Isle Libraries' Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
Accommodations for people with disabilities are available on request. Please contact the library in the community where the forum is being held two weeks in advance.
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