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Ballard Community Taskforce

on Homelessness and Hunger

A community collaborative effort

 

Mission of the Taskforce:  

The Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger (BCTHH) works to end homelessness and hunger in the Ballard community by providing a forum for service providers, community advocates and governmental agencies to share information, capitalize on their collective resources and coordinate efforts.  We will work as advocates of change and partners of compassion toward a just and supportive community.

 

Notice: The taskforce is not holding in-person meetings currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

             Stay tuned for online events coming soon and other announcements related to the work of this taskforce.

 

Sign up for upcoming events and announcements by sending an email to Jody at jodytgrage@gmail.com 

 

Also see:  https://www.facebook.com/BallardHomelessness/

 

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MEETING:   24 October 2019, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

o  UPDATES from the Ballard community including:

  •  Paige Killinger, Ballard REACH Update on outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Ballard
  •  Ballard Neighborcare  Update on current health issues and concerns in the homeless community
  • Jean Darsie, Scofflaw Mitigation Project
  •  Matthew Lang  Update on Regional Authority to address housing for homeless, including ‘lived experience coalition’

 

o  PANEL PRESENTATION: Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Safe Parking Program

 

  • Helen Gaines – Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
  •  Shannon Beck - Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church


         

o   Q&A:    A time for meeting attendees to ask questions of our presenters

 

 

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MEETING:   23 May, 2019, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

o  UPDATES from the Ballard community including:
    
o          Paige Killinger, Ballard REACH                 --  Update on outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Ballard

       o          Doyle McCarthy – Ballard Neighborcare          -- Update on current health issues and concerns in the homeless community

      o          Matthew Lang                                           -- How does 9th District Boise decision affect encampment removal?

 

o  PANEL PRESENTATION: Tiny House Village Update – Whittier Heights THV for Women

 

          Lisa Gustaveson Seattle Human Services Department                                                                          

 

          Michelle Wicks, Director of Ministries United Church, EFCA                                                                                       

                                              Community Advisory Committee for Whittier Heights Tiny House Village

 

          Whittier Heights Tiny House Village contributors                                                                          

 

 

o   Q&A:    A time for meeting attendees to ask questions of our presenters

 

 

 

Next meeting:  June 27, 2018, same place, same time

 

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MEETING:   23 August, 2018, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

o  UPDATES from the Ballard community including:
    
o          Paige Killinger, Ballard REACH                 --  Update on outreach to people experiencing homelessness in Ballard

      o          Kelly VanDyke, Parking Enforcement    -- Update on outreach to people living in vehicles and the Seattle Navigation Team
       o          Doyle McCarthy – Ballard Neighborcare          -- Update on current health issues and concerns in the homeless community

 

o  PANEL PRESENTATIONS:  On Demand Treatment for substance abuse, current and future


o          Clinic Staff from Ballard Neighborcare
            Current treatment options at the clinic for substance use disorder with follow-up care

o          David Newman, Substance Use Disorder Services, Community Psychiatric Clinic                         
            -- Substance use disorder treatment options available in Ballard and the University District

o          Brad Feingood, Asst Division Director, KC Behavioral Health and Recovery Division        
            Current availability of treatment on demand in King County and future plans for expansion

 

o   Q&A:    A time for meeting attendees to ask questions of our presenters

 

 

 

Next meeting:  September 27, 2018, same place, same time

 

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MEETING:   28 June, 2018, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

o  UPDATES from the Ballard community:

 

o  PANEL PRESENTATIONS:  What's going on in Seattle?

        Matthew Lange, Transit Riders Union/Housing for All:
                 Update on sweeps of encampments/What happened with the EHT?


        LEAD expansion to the North End 

        Jean Darsie, Scofflaw Mitigation Team:

                 What the City needs to do for vehicle residents

 

           Sally Kinney, Housing for All

                       Issues expected for the Fall City budget session

 

o   Q&A:    A time for meeting attendees to ask questions of our presenters

 

 

NO MEETING IN JULY

Next meeting:  August 23, 2018, same place, same time

 

 

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MEETING:   26 April, 2018, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

o  UPDATES:

 

       Ballard Neighborcare update on health issues of clients: Doyle McCarthy

       Report from the Ballard Street: Jenn Adams, The Bridge, Paige Killinger, REACH

       Report from Ballard Swedish Emergency Dept: Calamity Farris, Social Worker

o  PANEL PRESENTATIONS:  Health issues and the OPIOID epidemic

        Susan Kingston, Center for Opioid Safety Education, University of Washington:
        Implementation of programs to address opioid overdose and new treatment models

        James Walsh, MD, Swedish Medical Center and Fern Feldman, Nurse Practitioner

        Dr. Walsh and Fern Feldman will speak about the Low-barrier buprenorphine program at the needle exchange site in the University District
        Note: Buprenorphine is a medication used by physicians to treat opioid addiction.
    
o   Q&A:    A time for meeting attendees to ask questions of our presenters

                    
                                                                    Next meeting:  May 24, 2018, same place, same time.  

 

 

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MEETING:   22 February 2018, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

o  PRESENTATIONS:

 

   Shawn Fettig on Implementation of the Surveillance Ordinance, and Bootview

Shawn Fettig, Senior Management Systems Analyst with the Seattle Police Department/Legal Unit will talk about the Surveillance Impact Reports to the City Council and feedback from the community.  One of the technologies being reported on is the Automated License Plate Recognition System (ALRS) and ‘Bootview’ used to identify vehicles in scofflaw status.
    
    Alexandra McGehee, Seattle Police Department, Finance, Policy and Planning on the new Body-worn Camera Program

A study commissioned by the federal monitor overseeing the City’s compliance with the federally mandated Consent Decree found that 92% of Seattleites want to see body cameras on officers.

 

   CPT Officer Mike Cruzan and Lt. Clenna from the Traffic Division on Seattle Parking Enforcement

Officers Cruzan and Clenna will be on hand to answer questions about Parking Enforcement.

 

    Q&A:

 

Next meeting:  March 22, 2018

 

 

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MEETING:   25 January 2018, 10:30am - 12:00 Noon

 

LOCATION: Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)   

 

o  INTRODUCTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

o  PRESENTATIONS:

   HSD Encampment Placement Coordination, City of Seattle

A City official will give an update on the Nickelsville Ballard move, preparation of Crown Hill site, and the termination of the Road to Housing Program, including any provision for current clients and current outreach capabilities for vehicle residents.
    
    Neighborcare: Health issues prevalent in the Ballard homeless community

A representative from Neighborcare will talk about health issues.  Neighborcatre is the largest provider of primary medical, dental and behavioral health care services in the Seattle area focusing on low-income and uninsured families and individuals, seniors on fixed incomes, immigrants, and the homeless.

    Q&A:

o AROUND-THE-CIRCLE:  What are you concerned about in Ballard?

 

All are welcome!

The BCTHH Planning Team

 

Next meeting:  February 22, 2018

 

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MEETING: November and December meetings  CANCELLED  due to the holidays

 

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MEETING: October 26, 10:30  - 12:00Noon

 

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA:  

o          Introduction and Announcements                                                                                               

 

o          PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION

            Presenter:  Nick Licata, Becoming a Citizen Activist                                     

 

Nick Licata first became a Seattle City Councilmember in 1998 after an election in where he was opposed by the majority of the sitting Council, the Mayor, and both daily newspapers, and was significantly outspent by his opponent.  He won, and served six terms, retiring in 2015.  Nick was a steady, effective supporter of programs and funding for poor and homeless people in Seattle.  Besides his work as a Councilmember, he was an important supporter of the arts in Seattle. 

 

In 2016,  his book, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing our World, was published by local publisher Sasquatch Books.   In a subsequent interview, Nick said, “You rarely win struggles in a democracy by only depending on a small cohort of uncompromising followers.  I’ve seen how major significant changes were accomplished in our state through building alliances with those who were straddling on issues or open to participating in a dialogue.”  In addition to talking about how we all can become “citizen activists”, Nick will discuss his years of experience on Council of helping to craft City budgets – we’re now in the budget season of the year – and his thoughts on how the proposed City budget aligns with Seattle’s needs as expressed by advocacy organizations, individual advocates, and those who are homeless.  Q&A will follow. 

 

o          ADJOURN

 

 

 

Next meeting:  November 30, 2017, CANCELLED

NOTE: this is one week later than usual in order to avoid conflicting with the Thanksgiving holiday

 

All are welcome!

The BCTHH Planning Team

 

 

 

 

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MEETING: September 28, 10:30  - 12:00Noon

 

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA:  

o          Introduction and Announcements                                                                                               

 

o          HOUSING FOR ALL – STOP THE SWEEPS COALITION FALL CAMPAIGN

            Presenter:  Olivia Smith, North Seattle Campaign Organizer                                     

 

o          Vote on BCTHH joining the Coalition                                                                                       

 

o          Managed Encampment Updates:                                                                                     

            o          Ballard Nickelsville – Lisa Gustaveson, City of Seattle

            o          Tent City 5 Interbay

 

o          Frequently-Asked Questions on proposal to aid people living in vehicles                

 

o          8 Recommendations from the Heroin & Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force         

 

o          ADJOURN

 

 

 

Next meeting:  October 26, 2017, same place, same time

 

All are welcome!

The BCTHH Planning Team

 

 

 

 

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NEXT MEETING: July 27, 10:30  - 12:00Noon

 

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA:   The slide show will start promptly at 10:40 after introductions.

 

-- A slide presentation and talk by Sinan Demirel on the history of homelessness in Seattle. Sinan brings to life what has come before around this issue. Did you know that Seattle was home to one of the first "Hoovervilles"? Homelessness goes back a long way in the history of our city and is nothing new to us.

 

-- Discussion and vote on a letter of support for bringing LEAD to the north end of Seattle including Ballard. The last two meetings of BCTHH have focused on this issue and those who attended have gotten much better informed about LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and how it can benefit our community both homeless and housed.

 

All are welcome!

The BCTHH Planning Team

 

 

 

 

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MEETING: June 22, 10:30  - 12:00Noon

 

 

This month at our meeting we will continue our discussion about the LEAD Program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion).  We will have with us one of the founders of LEAD, Lisa Daugaard, and Patricia Sully.  Both Lisa and  Patricia are staff attorneys with the Public Defender Association, and Patricia is point person on the CHELs program.  Both served on the KC Heroin Task Force.

 

LEAD is a harm-reduction innovative program that was developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes in the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle, and has now expanded to all of downtown and Capitol Hill, the International District, and parts of the Central District.  LEAD diverts low-level drug and prostitution offenders into community-based treatment and support services -- including housing, health care, job training, mental health treatment, and support -- instead of processing them through traditional criminal justice system avenues.  

 

We will focus our attention by the end of the meeting on what we as a group can do to promote LEAD coming to our Ballard community.

 

There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion after the presentation to talk about how LEAD could benefit our Ballard community.

 

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May 25, 10:30  - 12:00Noon

 

AGENDA: 

 

This  month we'll be hosting a conversation about the LEAD Program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) with LEAD Case Manager, Devin M. Majkut, MSW, LICSWA, CDPT

 

Devin Majkut is a Social Worker and Chemical Dependency Professional at the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) Program in Downtown Seattle, a program operating within the REACH Program of Evergreen Treatment Services. Devin has a passion for social change and criminal justice reform; and believes in partnering with homeless and drug user communities to advocate for more inclusive and effective programs.

 

LEAD is a harm reduction, innovative program that was developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes in the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle, and has now expanded to all of downtown and Capitol Hill, The international district, and parts of the Central Distruct. LEAD diverts low-level drug and prostitution “offenders” into community-based treatment and support services – including housing, healthcare, job training, treatment and mental health support -- instead of processing them through traditional criminal justice system avenues.

 

There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion after the presentation to talk about how LEAD could benefit our Ballard community.

 

All are welcome!

The BCTHH Planning Team

 

 

 

 

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NEXT MEETING: April 27, 10:30 - 12:00Noon                     Note we are back to our usual start time in April

 

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA:  Rex Hohlbein presents the BLOCK project

http://the-block-project.com

 

All are invited!

 

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March 23, 10:00 - 12:00Noon       Note the earlier start time for this meeting only due to George Scarola's limited availability

 

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA

 

George Scarola, Seattle Director of Homelessness                                             start promptly at 10:00am

                   The state of Seattle’s efforts to mitigate homelessness: the

                   Navigation Center, managed encampments, clearing of small

                   encampments and the new City protocol, and the Mayor’s

                   proposed August vote for more homeless services

 

JJ Wampach, MPH, Director, Neighborcare/Ballard Medical Clinic:   

                   Availability of treatment for those who are drug-addicted           

 

          Updates:

                   Locks encampment and recent homeless deaths                               

                   Ballard’s managed encampment                                                    

                   Volunteer opportunities                                                               

 

          Q&A                                                                                                

 

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, December 1, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA  - Sharon Lee will be our featured speaker. Her topic will be "How the Mayor's 'Pathways Home' plan will affect housing providers in 2018"

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 27, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA  

 

 Presentations:

 

                   How Will Coordinated Entry for All Serve the North End of Seattle?

                             Judy Poston, Solid Ground                                                   

 

                   How Does REACH Assist with Assessments for Coordinated Entry?

                             Mary Guiberson, Evergreen Treatment Services                

                            

                   Campaign for a Low-Income Transit Fare 

                             Katie Wilson, Transit Riders Union                                       

 

 

In addition to our speakers who are listed above, Jessica Chandler, Seattle University research assistant, will briefly discuss the community surveys they’re working on about police service and community concerns. Survey forms will be available to those who wish to participate in the survey.

 

There will be time for questions following the presentations.

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NOTE: September meeting was cancelled due to a schedule conflict with Seattle City Council hearing on proposed encampments ordinance.

 

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 27, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA  TBD

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NOTE: July meeting is cancelled due to proximity to
CM O'Brien's community forum on July 27

 

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, December 1, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA  TBD

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NOTE: July meeting is cancelled due to proximity to
CM O'Brien's community forum on July 27

 

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, August 25, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA  TBD

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, June 23, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

MEETING AGENDA   

 

Current situation of “sweeps” and vehicle resident difficulties

 

                   Ann LoGerfo, staff attorney, Columbia Legal Services                            

         

               Jesse Perrin, Legislative Assistant to Mike O’Brien, City Council 15 min.

 

          Tiny House Update:

 

                   Monica Joe, Low Income Housing Institute                                  

         

Q&A                                                                                                                   

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

 

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MEETING AGENDA for Thursday, May 26, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

 

          Hilary Carr, Program Manager, Road to Housing,

          Compass Housing Alliance 

                   Road to Housing Services and Data

         

Sola Plumacher, Division Director, Community Support and

          Assistance, Seattle Human Services Department

                   Future Plans for Safe Lots and Safe Zones

 

          Noah Fay, Housing Manager, Downtown Emergency

          Service Center 

                   Housing First:  1811 Eastlake 

 

Q & A

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 28, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA

MEETING TOPIC:  Harm Reduction 

 

Patricia Sully, Attorney, VOCAL/Public Defender Association                   

      Safe Consumption Sites

 

Dr. Caleb Banta-Green, School of Public Health, University of Washington        

      Addiction Research

 

Colleen Bowls, Clinic Manager, Ballard & 45th St. Clinics                            

      Addiction Treatment at Neighborcare

 

Dr. James Walsh, Medical Director,

     Addiction Recovery Service, Swedish Medical Center

 

Q & A                                                                                                                                

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, March 24, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

AGENDA

-- What is an MDOT*? How does it work?

-- Panel and community discussion: Who deserves to live? Why do we care?

Panelists: Pastor Britt Olson, Sally Kinney, Rex Hohlbein, Jennifer Adams

 

* MDOT = Multi-Disciplinary Outreach Team

 

     -- Next Meeting  4/28/2016

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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NEXT MEETING: Thursday, February 25, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

Presenters and Discussion:  TBD


Meeting attendees will be free to ask questions after the presentations.

 

     -- Next Meeting  3/24/2016

 

Questions or comments? Email:   bcthh15@gmail.com

 

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MEETING: Thursday, January 28, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

Presenters and Discussion: 

  • Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator of US Interagency Council on Homelessness, based in Seattle and providing a bridge between the Council and the community
  • Jenn Adams, Ballard community advocate and Women’s Empowerment Group organizer with WHEEL
  • Jodi Singleton, organizer of Stone Soup Group which provides Sunday evening meals under the Ballard Bridge

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MEETING: Thursday, December 3, 10:30AM - 12:00Noon

LOCATION:  Nyer Urness House, 1753 NW 56th St., (East Meeting Room)

 

  -- Program - Panel discussion on Homelessness State of Emergency

                     (what this means for Ballard)

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     AGENDA:  10/22/2015

-- Program - Canon Britt Olson, St Luke's Episcopal Church, Ballard

-- Next Meeting  12/3/2015  <<< NOTE: no meeting Thanksgiving week

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     AGENDA:  9/24/2015

-- Introductions

-- Announcements

-- Program - John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition

     -- Next Meeting  10/22/2015

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        AGENDA:  8/27/2015

 "Washington's War on the Visibly Poor: A Survey of Criminalizing Ordinances and Their Enforcement" - Seattle University School of Law

PowerPoint slides

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AGENDA:  7/23/2015

Managed tent encampments

Sharon Lee, Director Low Income Housing Institute

Nickelsville representatives

Jody Grage, Sustainable Ballard "Knitters for the Homeless"

 

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AGENDA:  6/25/2015

MINUTES

 

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AGENDA:  5/28/2015

          MINUTES

 

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AGENDA:  4/23/2015 

-- Introductions

-- Announcements

-- DRAFT CEH KC Plan

-- REAL world examples  ("Dear Landlord")

-- Status of SDOT moratorium

-- Next Meeting

 

**** Note: After clicking on the above links, select the "Download" tab to view the document.

 

          Minutes from March 26th meeting: (link)

 

 

 

 

AGENDA:  3/26/2015 

- Community Housing Caucus Report – Mercedes Elizalde, Low Income Housing Institute
- Funds allocated for homeless services in Seattle 2015-16 budget – Josh Fogt for CM O’Brien
- Seattle’s Encampment Ordinance and its implications – Karen Studders
- Issues for discussion at future meetings
- Announcements

Questions? Contact:  bcthh.info@yahoo.com                       

 

 

This forum is an open discussion place for any person concerned with homelessness and hunger in Ballard. All persons are welcome to the table and will be seated alongside other members and encouraged to participate in the conversation.  The meeting adheres to a preset agenda and is led by an agreed upon Coordinator who manages the discussion according to the timetable.  Members of the taskforce reserve the right to change this format upon majority vote as necessary.  

 

Mission of the Taskforce:  The Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger (BCTHH) works to end homelessness and hunger in the Ballard community by providing a forum for service providers, community advocates and governmental agencies to share information, capitalize on their collective resources and coordinate efforts.  We will work as advocates of change and partners of compassion toward a just and supportive community.
 

Goals:

 

  1. Encourage local residents and community organizations to work with community members who face homeless and/or hunger. 
  2. Support and partner with non-profit, religious, government, for-profit and community groups who provide programs and resources for vulnerable residents in our community.
  3. Mobilize resources within and outside Ballard to provide adequate food, shelter and supportive services for all residents of Ballard.
  4. Provide a venue for honest, open discussion of the challenges faced by homeless residents and the groups that serve them, including ways to meet those challenges successfully.
  5. Link individuals with unique challenges with organizations that provide relevant specialized services.

 

  

INSTRUCTIONS for using this website:

- Use the Navigator on the right to access Meeting Minutes, Resource Materials, and Projects.

 

Note: As working groups are formed, a page on this site will be created for their use. 

If the page you are looking for does not appear on the Navigator bar on the right, click on the "Pages and Files" tab at the top of this page.

 

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