Shelter network to discuss county homelessness relief

How Clallam County spends funds designated to relieve homelessness will be the lead topic at the Wednesday morning, Nov. 18, Shelter Providers Network meeting. Shelter Providers is a network of some 60 nonprofit and governmental agencies whose missions include fighting homelessness.

Clallam County Human Services planner Florence Bucierka will describe the upcoming competitive round for grants funded by local document filing fees.

Bucierka will explain the grant application and decision-making processes and what makes a winning proposal.

Shelter Providers meetings convene at

9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles, and are open to the public.

The Nov. 18 agenda also includes reports of progress toward:

_ updating the county 10-year plan to end homelessness;

_ volunteer contractors' and church groups' hygiene center project, which was awarded a Phillips Foundation grant;

_ reopening the warming station during freezing weather;

_ Mount Angeles redevelopment; and

_ the annual Point In Time count of people who are homeless.

On the day of the count, Jan. 28, 2010, Homeless Connect fairs in Port Angeles and Forks will connect people in need with housing and related services.

The Homeless Connect Planning Subcommittee will meet immediately after the Shelter Providers meeting, which ends by 11 a.m. The subcommittee is lining up service providers and recruiting volunteers from throughout the community.

"The whole point of doing outreach is to make a difference," said Cindy Burdine, subcommittee co-chairwoman and deputy director of Serenity House of Clallam County.

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