Homeless Network of Yakima County

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Mission and Vision

The Mission of the Network is to advocate for the people experiencing homelessness in Yakima County in order to improve their quality of life, increase public awareness of the issues of homelessness, impact public policy and prevent and end homelessness. The Network focuses on achievable strategies to move individuals and families beyond shelter to permanent housing and self-sufficiency by looking at a comprehensive range of needs and developing the local capacity, through collaborative efforts, to meet these needs.

Priorities and Strategies

During the last Homeless Network of Yakima County Retreat, the following strategic priorities were identified through both a group process of attendees and a survey that was administered to over 400 community members representing 27 sectors.  They are also aligned with the Federal Strategic Plan to prevent and end homelessness. The structure of the Network is based on these priorities.

Strategies for Implementing these priorities include:

  • Improve access to emergency assistance, housing, and supports for youth and young adults
  • Educate the public on the scope, causes, costs, and solvability of homelessness
  • Reduce criminalization of homelessness by defining constructive approaches to unsheltered homelessness
  • Increase Safe and Affordable Housing – with a primary focus on the chronically homeless and Veterans
  • Increase coordination of employment services with housing and homelessness assistance
  • Co-locate, coordinate, or integrate health, behavioral health, safety, and wellness services with housing
  • Provide guidance and tools regarding emergency shelter standards and operations

Our Work