In this winter 2017 series of forums, experts and audience members will explore the causes of homelessness in Island and Snohomish Counties, and share ideas for solving the problem.
Forums will be held in Langley, Lake Stevens, Arlington and Mountlake Terrace at the locations listed below.
The 90-minute forums will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 10, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley
Panelists: Joanne Pelant, housing resource coordinator, Island County Department of Human Services; Faith Wilder, president of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition Lori Cavender, executive director and founder of Ryan's House for Youth.
Moderator: Marshall Goldberg
Jan. 26, Lake Stevens School District Administration Building, 12309 22nd St NE
Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Julio Cortes, public relations manager, Cocoon House
Moderator: Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer
Feb. 22, Weston High School Commons, 4407 172nd Street NE, Arlington
Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Nicolas Quijano, Advocate Supervisor, Cocoon House
Feb. 28, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.
Panelists: Kristen Cane, director of development and policy, Housing Authority of Snohomish County; Elysa Hovard, director of outreach, Cocoon House; Mark Waldin, program manager of a pop-up cold weather shelter in Lynnwood
- EBSCOhost Databases
Comprehensive research service with 375 full-text databases, a collection of 600,000-plus ebooks, subject indexes, point-of-care medical references, and an array of historical digital archives. In addition, you can search a portfolio of journals and magazines.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Encyclopedias and research books with information about homelessness.
- MasterFILE Premier
Articles, dating back to 1975, covering a broad range of subjects including business, education, health, science and multi-cultural issues—plus a digital image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Use search terms such as "homelessness" or "homeless people" for best results.
- ProQuest Family Health
Journals and magazines covering a range of health subjects, from sports injuries to women's health, from food and nutrition to midwifery, from eye care to dentistry.
- ProQuest Research Library
Mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers with broad, inclusive coverage of a wide range of popular academic subjects.
- U.S. History in Context
Full text documents, reference articles, and journals covering United States history from pre-colonial times to the present. Content is aligned with Washington State curriculum standards for middle and high schools; check “Curriculum Standards” within the resource for details.
Snohomish County: Office of Community & Homeless Services (OCHS) The Office of Community and Homeless Services (OCHS) performs grants administration and planning functions required to manage federal, state, and local funds by reviewing applications for funding, conducting homeless and low-income service planning activities, awarding service project grants, developing contracts, monitoring project performance, and evaluating service performance data. OCHS also provides direct services to clients through the Housing and Essential Needs Program and the Investing In Futures Initiative.
Washington State 211 Network 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs.
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition A broad group of concerned individuals and organizations from all areas of South Whidbey and including government, social services, church, business and fraternal organization as well as individuals from all walks of life.
Opportunity Council of Island County "Helping people help themselves", the Opportunity Council works as a catalyst for positive change in our community in the lives of low-income and disadvantaged people
Housing Authority of Snohomish County HASC administers several programs that assist homeless individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness.
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