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How do we Help the Homeless?

Recently Good Shepherd formed a Homeless Task Force to help determine our response to homelessness in our community.  The next meeting is slated for November 11 at noon in room 160. 

You can also view the inside of the conestoga hut today after the columbarium blessing ceremony.

On October 27, six members and friends of Good Shepherd interested in homelessness issues attended a Tiny House workshop at Evergreen Christian Community.  The workshop was held to inform community members of ongoing action in Olympia/Thurston County to address the homeless crisis, as well as learn about various options for housing the unhoused.

The City of Olympia established the Home Fund (as a result of Olympians generous tax approval) of 2.3 million annually.  Initially, the city is supporting the development of the Plum Street Village, a build pf 30 tiny house units for up to 40 individuals near the Olympia City Hall.  Pending Olympia City Council approval, the housing complex will be managed by the Low Income Housing Institute out of Seattle.

During the day, we heard from Erik de Buhr, Community Supported Shelters and Reverend Nancy Gallagher from Eugene Oregon about housing options in Eugene.  Erik  discussed the various approaches to housing in Eugene from an Overnight Parking Program (typically in church parking lots) and rest stops where the city enters into contracts with religious or non-profit organizations to house individuals.  Nancy discussed the five housing units currently placed on her Episcopal Church site to house the homeless.

Details were discussed included Governance and guidelines for managing a tiny home site.  The City of Olympia is currently seeking up to three church sites to pilot a housing program.  The city would manage portable toilets and linkages to social services for the individuals served by the program.  A simpler permit process is in process, which would require notice to neighbors to pilot the program.

 

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