Officials and Guests in Attendance
The committee members were in attendance and were prepared and attentive.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time. I was able to observe the whole meeting. The agenda was available and the meeting was easily accessible.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed. This was the third and final onboarding meeting for this committee. They will officially start their work in May. Attendance was taken and a land acknowledgement shared. There was a short "get to know each other" exercise and then the meeting was open for public comment but there was no public comment. It was shared by a committee member that language is important and that it is better to use the term "experiencing homelessness" rather than saying a person or group "is homeless".
The committee reviewed the draft Group Agreements they developed at the prior meeting and confirmed the following:
1. Respond versus react
2. Listen with an open mind, listen to understand
3. Unconditional positive regard
4. Focus on singleness of purpose
5. Respect, cultivate, and nurture authentic space
6. Speak your truth
7. Experience discomfort by allowing ourselves to be called in
8. (Willing to) challenge the status quo
9. Meet people where they are (including peoples' pace and style)
10. Everyone's a leader
11. Prioritize relationships over accomplishments
12. Operate with a sense of urgency
Then they reviewed the background of the committee and responsibilities.
Maximum of 19 members. Ensure that the membership comprises an appropriate array of private and public sector community leaders who reflect the diversity of people experiencing homelessness and regional differences. Areas to be represented include: South King County, East King County, North King County and City of Seattle. At a minimum, committee membership must include: individuals currently or formerly experiencing homelessness; homeless housing/services providers, coalitions, and/or advocates (no more than 6 different homeless service providers); subpopulation representation; faith based organization/community partner; public or private funders of homeless housing and/or services, with at least one position reserved for a representative of a local public funder that funds the Continuum of Care (“CoC”); Black/African American community representative; American Indian/Alaskan Native community representative. Expertise, experience or skill in at least one of the following: implementation of policies and practices that promote racial equity; provision of services for persons experiencing homelessness or related social services with an emphasis on serving populations that are disproportionately represented amongst those experiencing homelessness; and physical and/or behavioral healthcare or another intersecting system of care/institution.
The mission of the CoC (Continuum of Care) also known as the KCHRA Advisory Committee is to make homelessness in the region rare, brief, and non-recurring. To accomplish this mission, the CoC has adopted a set of values that will guide its actions and a theory of change that will orient the CoC in specific ways towards its mission.
The CoC, through the Board and its committees, will endeavor to make funding, program, and policy actions that are aligned with the following stated values.
Recommendations and decisions will reflect the diversity of people experiencing homelessness; The CoC will promote equity for communities of color disproportionally affected by homelessness; Decisions and recommendations made by the CoC will reflect a cross-sector and regional approach; The CoC will operate with transparency and inclusiveness; The CoC will promote shared responsibility and accountability; CoC leadership will establish clearly defined roles and responsibilities and communicate decisions clearly and widely.
Theory of Change:
IF - we create a homelessness response system that centers customer voice. . .
THEN - ...we will be able to focus on responding to needs and eliminating inequities. . .
IN ORDER TO - end homelessness for all.
There was another short exercise to help committee members engage with each other (organize yourselves by birth month and date without speaking to one another).
It was suggested they meet the first Wednesday of the month from 2 - 4 pm. Whether they meet monthly or bi-monthly will be decided going forward. The meeting was adjourned at 2pm.
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