Walla Walla County Department of Community Health is responsible for creating and updating the county’s 10-Year Homeless Housing Plan, as mandated by the state. The goal of this plan is to reduce homelessness by 50% over a 10 year period. The plan addresses housing, prevention, income and health strategies for homeless families, persons who are non-chronically homeless, persons who are chronically homeless, and unaccompanied homeless youth. Likewise, the plan addresses the need for adequate data collection and planning to efficiently manage the limited resources for homelessness.
Walla Walla County’s initial 10-Year Plan was implemented in 2005 and has since been updated. Outcomes achieved are reported annually to the state. Additionally, a point in time count is conducted annually to gauge the county’s progress in achieving its 50% reduction goal.
Monies generated through document recording fees fund these planning efforts and are also disbursed to local providers that serve homeless households or those at risk of homelessness. A Request for Proposal is published annually by the department and applicants are awarded through a competitive process. Service contracts are then established with awarded agencies for a one year period.
Walla Walla Council on Homelessness
The Walla Walla Council on Homelessness is a volunteer community planning and problem solving structure formed in March of 2013. It consists of 12 to 15 members comprised of Executive Directors of Blue Mountain Action Council, Christian Aid Center, Helpline, YWCA, and Walla Walla Housing Authority and representatives of key sectors within the community including but not limited to: employment, education, law enforcement, faith communities, and Washington State DSHS including the Community Services Office and Children’s Administration.
The Council’s focus is on the following:
- Create opportunities for community discussion and input on homeless issues
- Educate one another and the broader community on homelessness
- Advise public and private policy makers and funders on strategies to address homelessness
- Influence public policy and philanthropic decision making to improve the capacity of Walla Walla to address homelessness
Meetings occur quarterly and subcommittees are periodically created to conduct in-depth studies in specific focus areas.
Walla Walla County Point in Time
|WW County PIT Final Results 2015|
|WW County PIT Comparison by Year 2015|