Host organization: Council for the Homeless
Council for the Homeless (CFTH) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide community leadership, compelling advocacy, and practical solutions to prevent and end homelessness in Clark County, Washington. Since their founding in 1989, CFTH has been the backbone of the homeless crisis response system in Clark County. Their role includes being the coordinated entry, the HMIS administrator, the continuum of care collaborative application and a provider of housing stability programs. They partner with local educators, social services providers, business leaders, communities of faith, government, and public agencies, as well as community members to serve the unhoused population.
Issue: Disconnect between complex care systems serving the unhoused population
Clark County individuals experiencing homelessness require efficient wrap-around care that can help them move from crisis to long-term support and independence. Without this kind of support, individuals spend more time attempting to navigate disconnected systems, living unhoused, and facing dire outcomes. Despite the growing number of social service organizations in the area, the complex care community lacks the infrastructure to collaborate on their shared goals and barriers.