Homelessness & Hope
A One-day Affordable Housing Conference
June 5, 2015
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s conference, and a special thank you to all of the conference speakers and sponsors! Over 120 people came to hear presentations and learn more about the various programs being utilized to end homelessness in Washington State. We were also honored to have Mayor Ray Stephanson and County Executive John Lovick address the audience in the morning, and have WA State Representatives June Robinson & Strom Peterson give an overview and update on legislative issues.
The afternoon general session was truly inspirational and reminded all of us, “Why We Do What We Do.” Three formerly homeless individuals told their personal stories about their journey and how different organizations in Snohomish County helped them. Their courage, the sheer grit and determination they displayed in putting their lives back together and also their willingness to share their stories publicly (and from a stage, no less!) had the audience honoring them with a standing ovation and many scrambling for tissues. The moderator, Mary Anne Dillon of the YWCA, lifted our spirits even higher with a recitation of all that the Snohomish County affordable housing community had accomplished in the last year, and left us with this wonderful thought from an old African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
It is an honor and a blessing to be part of this Snohomish County community that has already gone so far and is ready to go even farther, together.
I hope to see you all at next year’s conference.
Mark Smith, Executive Director
Want to be part of next year’s conference or have an idea for a conference session? Please contact Consortium staff at 425-339-1015 or email@example.com
September 10, 2015, 7:30-9:00am
Affordable Housing Breakfast ForumA Candidates ForumAn opportunity to meet candidates for county and local offices, and hear their ideas on issues important to you.
December 3, 2015, 7:30-9:00am
Affordable Housing Breakfast
Citi Community Development
Shelter Resources, Inc.
WA State Housing Finance Commission