February 28, 2019

2019 Greater Columbia ACH Housing Summit

Greater Columbia ACH is hosting a housing summit for Benton and Franklin counties to discuss the need for permanent supportive housing in the bi-county area. The convening will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm at United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties; 401 North Young Street, Kennewick, WA 99336.

Attendees will hear from housing experts Robert J. McCann, PhD, president and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities, Spokane Diocese; and Rhonda Hauff, Chief Operations Officer of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, current Chair of the Health Care in Public Housing Committee for the National Association of Community Health Centers, and current GCACH Board President. Presentations will be centered around their successes in building permanent supportive housing units in Spokane and Yakima.

Supportive housing is something our community lacks. It is defined as affordable housing with on-site services that help formerly homeless and disabled tenants live in dignity in the community. As part of the Healthier Washington Intiative, people experiencing one or more behavioral health issues or more than one chronic illness can use Medicaid resources to pay for targeted tenancy support services. A representative from Amerigroup will be present to discuss and expand upon the State’s Supportive Housing program.

Please join Greater Columbia ACH and community members for a robust discussion about permanent supportive housing for Benton and Franklin counties! For more information, or to RSVP, please email Lauren Johnson at ljohnson@gcach.org.