During a January 2020 meeting where LWVTC members considered League Program Planning for the 2020-2021 fiscal year,homelessness was identified as an area of focus.
Homelessness in Thurston County has been a problem, or at least an area of concern, for many years. There have been many planning activities carried out, considerable attention paid, and much work done by a wide range of individuals and organizations around this topic. A recent example is the City of Olympia One Community Plan. This plan website for this can be seen here.
Although our League held a public program on homelessness issues in 2016 (click here to see more about this event), much has changed since then. In addition, there has been little direct involvement by the League as an organization in the interim.
On September 24, 2020, during a general membership meeting, initial steps were taken to begin increasing our understanding of and involvement in this issue. A presentation by Cynthia Stewart, the Housing and Homelessness Lead on the LWVWA Lobby Team, provided extremely useful background information. Click here to see information from her presentation.
The Thurston Homeless Crisis Response Plan 5 year plan can be seen here.