The Homeless Network of Yakima County held their first Annual Meeting Thursday, May 12 at the Southeast Community Center to recognize community leaders, businesses and dedicated individuals who have contributed toward reducing homelessness over the past 10 years.
2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Homeless Network of Yakima County. The Network was established in 2004 by a group of concerned organizations and individuals who developed a 10 year plan to reduce homelessness in Yakima County by 50%. Network members have used collaboration and cooperation to address issues of homelessness. From gathering data at the annual Point in Time Homeless survey to working together to provide much needed services, the Network has seen a 44.5% drop in homelessness in Yakima County. Network members will meet later this year to create a new plan to reduce homelessness for the next ten years.
Erin Black, Chair of the Homeless Network of Yakima County, presented four Community Compassion Awards to Daniel Espinoza, Elite Academy, the Toppenish Food Bank and Yakima Federal Savings and Loan. Each recipient has shown their commitment to ending homelessness with their continued support and involvement in Network events and service projects throughout Yakima County. Without the support from the community, the Network would have had greater challenges in achieving their goals of reducing and one day eliminating homelessness
The Network also recognized Beth Dannhardt, Rhonda Hauff, Tim Sullivan and Steve Hill who were key leaders in forming the Network and have remained actively involved since the first meeting in 2004.