Join us on October 26th for HPAC meeting for Panel on the Issue of Homelessness

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except Aug & Nov, Dec) Doors open at 6:30 Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

HPAC is hosting a panel discussion on the issue of homelessness in the neighborhood for our October Meeting.

This panel is being created in response to local concerns, creating a common understanding of homelessness, the challenges some may face accessing housing, and ways we can help. Speaking on the panel will be Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home; Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services; and a member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team. The panel is moderated by Gunner Scott, Chair of HPAC.

Goals for the discussion include dispelling stereotypes, demystify homelessness, and to lay the groundwork for greater communication, understanding and involvement between all neighbors – housed and unhoused. There will be time for Q & A.

Everyone is welcome.

More about our panelists:

Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home

Ms. Herold has been an executive director of social service nonprofits for 13 years and director of companies providing health care for an additional 3 years. She has an MA in Organizational Systems with an emphasis on Leadership & Organizational Development from Saybrook University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University in Recreation & Parks.

Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.

Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services

Polly Trout is the founder and Executive Director of Patacara Community Services, and all-volunteer, faith based nonprofit that offers supportive services to our unhoused neighbors. Polly has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University. She has been providing supportive services to homeless neighbors for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising, and in building cross-class, anti-racist, multicultural community. Polly is a layperson and mother with a nonsectarian Dharma practice. She serves on the board of the Northwest Dharma Association and is affiliated with the Evergreen Spiritual Alliance, an interfaith cooperative of spiritual teachers. In 2002 Polly founded Seattle Education Access, a local nonprofit that provides college access and retention services to low income and at risk young adults.

Patacara Community Services is a faith based nonprofit offering compassionate and respectful care to those who are suffering. We provide services inspired by the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism. We are a nonsectarian, all-volunteer, grassroots community that takes refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and values service, generosity, compassion, interdependence, ethical conduct, equanimity, and kindness. Our current focus area is offering supportive services to our unhoused neighbors.

A member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team.

Camp Second Chance, a safe and sober encampment in West Seattle – located at 9625 Myers Way S. Seattle, WA 98108. This is unused City of Seattle property, on what is known as the Myers Parcels. The camp is not permitted, but CSC are hoping to move it back to a permitted site asap. The camp strives to be sober, clean, safe, and ethical. While CSC continues to search for a permitted site they are asking the city to refrain from sweeping the site.

Other Agenda items:

  • HPIC announcements
  • HPAC Updates on HALA, Rezone, and Delridge District Council
  • Community announcements and closing

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Neighbors Building Community: Advocating for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. An all volunteer group made up of neighbors, local business, and community organizations advocating for neighborhood infrastructure, community resources, and livability.

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