Forum aims for ‘zero’ homelessness

“Getting to Zero” is the theme of the 2013 Annual Planning Forum on Ending Homelessness in Clallam County, set for Wednesday, June 12, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. The forum is free and open to the public.


Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with coffee, tea and light refreshments available. Forum presentations begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn by 1:30 p.m.


“Zero homelessness may sound impossible,” said Kathy Wahto, executive director of Serenity House of Clallam County and Network co-chairman, “but we have reduced literal homelessness by more than 80 percent since 2005, when the county commissioners adopted the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

“By the end of the 10 years, in 2016, we intend to have sustainable resources in place, ready to respond to housing crises as they arise, so no one in Clallam County gets stuck in homelessness.”


Wahto and co-chairman Pam Tietz, executive director of the Peninsula Housing Authority, will present the annual report card, reviewing 2012 progress and developing approaches.


Comprehensive service and housing programs for veterans and their families will be featured. Serenity House’s expanding corps of VISTA volunteers will introduce the 2012-2013 economic opportunity initiative they are working on to expand housing services to the most remote and rural parts of the county.


County Homelessness Task Force chairman Bob Dunlap and staffer Leanne Grasseth, with Tietz and Wahto, present a draft work plan to update the Clallam 10-Year Plan for the final three years, leading to a visioning session, “Getting to Zero — The Vision.”


To RSVP or for more information, call Shelter Providers coordinator Martha Ireland, 452-4737, or e-mail
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