Monday, July 21st, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes room, 600 4th Ave., Seattle
RSVP to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, July 14, 2014.
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County are pleased to invite you to participate in an Opening Doors Input Forum to be held in Seattle on Monday, July 21st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes room, 600 4th Ave. Information on the forum is described in more detail below.
Since the launch in 2010 of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, USICH has been working together with local communities to change the trajectory of homelessness in America, with our progress documented in the reductions seen in the annual Point-in-Time Count data nationally. This progress demonstrates that Opening Doors is the right Plan and that it sets forth the right set of goals and strategies. Opening Doors is working because we developed the Plan together and because around the country we are implementing it together. Opening Doors brings the right people to the tableundefinedproviders, practitioners, policy-makers from every level of government, advocates, and people with firsthand experience of homelessness.
We can see that our progress is accelerating and gaining momentum, but we also believe that every strategic plan should be a living document, strengthened by new information and lessons that are learned through its implementation. For example, we further strengthened Opening Doors in 2012 through an amendment focused on youth homelessness and educational outcomes for children experiencing homelessness.
Intent of the Forum:
As USICH embarks on the fifth year of the implementation of Opening Doors, USICH is intending to amend Opening Doors again, incorporating the changes made through the previous amendment, as well as incorporating new information and strategies that reflect new data, approaches, and insights into what works to end homelessness. We want to make sure any amendment reflects the perspectives, insights, and lessons learned from communities across the country. We have created an on-line forum at http://usich.uservoice.com/ through which you can share and vote for the ideas you think would have the greatest impact in an amendment to Opening Doors, but we also want to hear directly from you as a key partner and stakeholder in King County.
This Opening Doors Input Forum will be facilitated by: Matthew Doherty, Director of National Initiatives and Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator from USICH. We’ve identified a few areas of the Plan where we are especially interested in receiving input, but please come ready to share your opinions and perspectives on how Opening Doors can be further strengthened and better support progress in King County.
Space will be limited, so please RSVP to Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, July 14th, 2014.
We hope that you will be able to participate in this important dialogue!