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Bellingham/ Whatcom County, Washington

Ten Year Plan | August 2, 2006

Files: PDF | 76 KB | 23 pages

“A Way Back Home: A Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Whatcom County,” was developed for the years 2003-2013. The plan is organized around eight strategies. Strategy 1: Improve outreach and engagement services to encourage the entry of the chronic homeless into the homeless care system and appropriate placement in emergency shelter or permanent supportive housing facilities using “Housing First” placement strategies. Strategy 2: Maximize the integration of services by creating coordinated, case-focused teams of services providers, directed at actively resolving the key issues facing the homeless as they move through the continuum. Strategy 3: Move the chronic homeless as quickly as feasible into an increasing supply of permanent supportive housing. Strategy 4: Expand transitional housing resources for the disabled homeless. Strategy 5: Develop the “community will” and commitment to create a healthy community; involve the government and the business community in expanding political and financial resources. Strategy 6: Include an intensive case management/medical/dental component in all new beds developed in the continuum. Strategy 7: Develop a continuum of beds and services for persons suffering from substance abuse. Strategy 8: Establish a Crisis Triage Center for emergency intervention and stabilization of persons in crisis through client-based outreach, engagement, assessment, referral and program enrollment.