‚ÄčThe goal of the Collaborative Solutions Task Force is to support and influence ongoing community efforts to address the development of affordable housing and reduce the number of individuals experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

  • Advocate and Engage the community in effective strategies and evidence-based practices; i.e.  Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing

  • Engage partners who have not traditionally been at the table to ensure all aspects of the issues are addressed and all voices are heard such as service clubs, business groups, and chambers.
  • Dispel myths, fears, and misunderstandings surrounding the issue of homelessness via strategic community interactions and community education.
  • Promote and support the development of creative, proven innovations such as public storage, dedicated RV/Vehicle parking, warming stations, laundry facilities, and public hygiene stations.
  • Reach out to non-housing sectors (such as Education and Criminal Justice) to improve coordinated and integrated care.

Collaborative Solutions Task Force

Charter

Co-chairs - Kellie Connaughton and Cheri Kilty

  • A Way Home Washington
  • Alicia Lee-Colasurdo
  • Beth Dannhardt - Community
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Bruce Whitmore - Community
  • Catholic Charities 
  • Catholic Charities Housing Services
  • City of Sunnyside
  • City of Yakima
  • City of Zillah
  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Comprehensive Healthcare
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
  • Entrust Community Services
  • Generating Hope/Noah's Ark
  • Henry Beauchamp Community Center
  • Hildegarto Gonzalez - Community
  • Jeremy McLaughlin  - Community
  • Justice Housing Yakima
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation
  • Larry and Cherryl Fournier  - Community
  • Marlene Cousens - Community
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - Yakima
  • Next Step Housing
  • Northwest Cooperative Development Center
  • Northwest Justice Project
  • Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing
  • OIC of Washington
  • People For People
  • Pride Foundation
  • Richard Welke - Community
  • Rob Leaming - Community
  • Rod's House
  • Shannon Fournier - Community
  • Steve Hill - Community
  • Sunrise Outreach Center
  • Town of Harrah
  • Triumph Treatment Services
  • United Way of Central Washington
  • Valorie Bazard - Community
  • Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Yakima County Department of Human Services
  • Yakima County Department of Public Services
  • Yakima County Juvenile Court
  • Yakima County Veteran's Services
  • Yakima Greenway Foundation
  • Yakima Housing Authority
  • Yakima Neighborhood Health Services
  • Yakima Union Gospel Mission
  • Yakima Valley Community Foundation
  • Yakima Valley Libraries
  • Yakima Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity
  • YWCA of Yakima


Network Members on this committee

Homeless Network of Yakima County

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