The City of Olympia is inviting the public to participate in two upcoming workshops to help identify long-term strategies and actions for addressing homelessness in the community.

These workshops, which are identical in format, will be offered twice to increase participation:

  • April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Olympia High School Commons, 1302 North St SE, Olympia
  • May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Capital High School Commons, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia

Those who cannot attend can complete an online survey at Engage Olympia to help city officials better understand what residents are currently experiencing, feeling, and thinking about the issue. Email registration is required; however, emails will not be made public.

Community members are also invited to sign up for weekly email updates about the city’s homeless response and upcoming opportunities to get involved. Residents can sign up at olympiawa.gov/subscribe.

According to city officials, homelessness is the most significant and urgent public concern facing the community. The 2018 Point in Time Census counted 835 homeless individuals in the county, marking a 56 percent increase from 2017.

While the city continues day-to-day actions in response to the emergency situation, it is inviting the community and regional partners to participate in the development of a Homeless Response Plan. The result will be long-term strategies and actions, new and strengthened regional partnerships, and performance measures to gauge progress over time. The effort is being shepherded by a Community Work Group made up of 12 community members who ensure a diverse and inclusive set of perspectives and experiences are represented and integrated into the process and resulting outcomes, the city noted.

Click here to learn more about the Community Work Group.