Fifth Focus Group Canceled
Our original plan was to hold a fifth focus group session centering members of Olympia's unstably housed community. The Work Group sought out guidance from community advocates and subject matter experts to ensure that we structure the conversation thoughtfully and in a trauma-informed way. We learned that - before asking for their input - we need to invest in long-term relationship building with this community and have resources available to respond to immediate support requests. Realizing that this was beyond the scope of work for the Founding Members Work Group, because of the limited time and resources available, we decided to cancel the fifth focus group.
Does this mean that the unstably housed population does not get to provide input to the formation of the Commission? No. We will draw from stories, concerns and solutions gathered from them during 2019’s One Community Plan to help us craft our equity commission recommendations for the City. We are also discussing how the permanent Commission can continue engagement and partnerships to support the unstably housed community.