County seeks residents to join homeless prevention panel

Washington County residents are invited to join the county’s Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) Citizens Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee’s purpose is providing public input and increasing the accountability of the FHPAP in the County. This advisory committee is established under Minnesota law.

The FHPAP Advisory Committee vision is, "Washington County is a place where homelessness is prevented, days of homelessness are minimized and repeat homelessness is eliminated through the innovative efforts of our local governments, non-profits, faith-based organizations and citizens."

Openings on the committee are for representatives of commission District 1, the northern portion of the county; District 5, primarily Woodbury; for one person who is homeless or formerly homeless, and one person who is an advocate for the homeless or who is representing an organization which advocates for the homeless.

The FHPAP Advisory Committee assists the Community Services department with designing or refocusing the grantee’s emergency response system; developing project outcome measurements; assessing the short- and long-term effectiveness of the project in meeting the needs of families who are homeless, preventing homelessness, identifying and developing innovative solutions to the problem of homeless families, identifying problems and barriers to providing services to homeless families, and reviewing FHPAP sub-grantee applications and making funding recommendations to the County Board.

Meetings of the FHPAP Advisory Committee are at least monthly at times and places designated by the Department of Community Services. Citizen members of the FHPAP Advisory Committee are eligible to receive meeting per diem and mileage reimbursement at the rate established by the County Board.

Those interested in appointment to the committee may contact Pat Raddatz at 651-430-6014 or by e-mail at Pat.Raddatz@co.washington.mn.us .

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