Heading Home Washington (HHW) is a unique plan developed by a broad group of community stakeholders from across our County with the goal of ending homelessness in the County within the next ten years. Built upon the lessons learned from plans already developed across our state and the country, HHW has goals and strategies in place that will engage our community, make more effective and efficient use of private and public resources, and help to ensure that all persons in our community facing crises will be able to access the resources needed to maintain housing stability.
Heading Home Washington Guiding Principles:
- All people deserve safe, decent, and affordable housing.
- Shelter is not housing.
- We cannot end homelessness by providing housing without services, and vice versa.
- Collecting, analyzing, reporting, and utilizing data are important and essential.
- Preventing homelessness and rapidly re-housing people are the best solutions and most efficient use of public and private resources.
- Ending homelessness requires an engaged community-wide response.
- Residents should have a variety of housing, service, and employment options in the community of their choice.
- Washington County residents deserve to be served in their own county and should not need to move or travel to access services.
- A range of housing options should be available to all Washington County residents.
- Ending homelessness is attainable.