UPDATE: Nomination Deadline Extended for Health Through Housing Advisory Committee

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) has extended the deadline to Sunday, September 11 for the inaugural Health Through Housing (HTH) Advisory Committee! Check out the nomination form here.

What is the HTH Advisory Committee?
The Advisory Committee will help guide current and future iterations of the HTH initiative. The committee will consist of 12-16 members representing diverse geographic regions and communities across King County, and advise the Executive’s Office and the King County Council on matters impacting the HTH initiative, including:

  • Advising on current and future implementation;
  • Reviewing performance data to assess initiative impact; and
  • Reporting annually to the King County Council and the community at large on the expenditures, accomplishments, and effectiveness of the HTH Initiative.

Committee members must commit to consistent meeting attendance, detailed review of technical documents like reports and implementation plans, and active participation in a subcommittee or working group.

The committee will meet on a quarterly basis beginning Fall 2022 (exact time and location is to be determined, Zoom participation will be available). Committee membership will have initial terms of two to four years (exact length to be determined by King County Executive).

Stipends will be available for community members selected to participate in the Advisory Committee in a personal capacity.

Who is eligible to be nominated?
This regional initiative aims to recruit an Advisory Committee reflective of the diversity of King County with an emphasis on communities hardest hit by homelessness. DCHS welcomes nominations (including self-nominations) for trusted community members who are passionate about expanding access to equitable and affordable housing in our region and who hold any of the following identities and/or experiences:

  • Represent geographic regions across King County, including rural and urban areas and north, east, south, and central regions of King County.
  • Represent racial-ethnic, gender identity, or experiential communities* that are disproportionately experiencing homelessness in King County, including people whose experiences intersect the behavioral health or criminal legal systems.
  • Lived experience of homelessness or have lived in a HTH building.
  • Have a track record of allyship and advocacy for equitable, affordable, and accessible housing.

How do I nominate someone?
Anyone can nominate themselves and/or individuals for consideration by completing the nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, September 11, 2022. Nominations submitted after this date will be placed on reserve to fill any future member vacancies.

Nominees who advance to the next round of the selection process will be asked to complete an official member application and interview with the HTH review panel. Once members have been selected, the King County Executive will formally appoint those individuals to the HTH Advisory Committee.

Please contact Kim Dean, Health Through Housing Capacity Lead, at kdean@kingcounty.gov or 206.263.0909

*Examples of “experiential communities” include persons who have been incarcerated, persons who are survivors of gender-based violence, persons who have been subject to involuntary behavioral health treatment under Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act, military veterans, immigrants, and refugees.