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Norristown, PA (June 5, 2018) – Montgomery County elected and public officials will join local philanthropic, nonprofit, business, and community partners on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the 6th Annual Your Way Home Summit: Advancing Equity, being held at the Montgomery County Community College at Parkhouse Hall.
The summit is the annual celebration of Your Way Home, Montgomery County's system and public-private partnership to end homelessness. The summit celebrates the progress in ending and preventing homelessness in Montgomery County over the past year, as well as an exploration of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Your Way Home will announce newly adopted strategies related to eviction and homelessness prevention, addressing the affordable housing crisis, and equity.
“While the Your Way Home system is positioned to more effectively respond to the crisis of homelessness, we haven’t yet tackled the monumental effort of preventing more vulnerable families and individuals from losing their housing in the first place,” said Emma Hertz, Administrator, Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development. “Throughout Montgomery County, too many people are struggling daily for the things others take for granted: safe streets, good jobs, and quality health care, housing, and education. The barriers are beyond the control of any one system or organization.”
Your Way Home has committed to adopting strategies related to eviction and homelessness prevention, addressing the affordable housing crisis, and equity, in addition to reaffirming our commitment to ending literal homelessness.
This is a long-term commitment to base all of our policy, program, and partnership decisions on achieving the goal to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all residents of Montgomery County, especially those individuals hit hardest by persistent poverty.
This year, Your Way Home, is proud to host Jeff Olivet, CEO of Center for Social Innovation, as a Keynote Speaker. Jeff Olivet has worked in homelessness, behavioral health, and public health for more than two decades. As a teacher, writer, and policy leader, he shapes new directions for programs and organizations across the United States and internationally. Jeff has worked as a street outreach worker, case manager, coalition builder, activist, national trainer and technical assistance provider, as well as a curriculum developer, writer, and inspirational public speaker.
In addition to insightful programming and inspiring panelists, Your Way Home will present three Champions for Change Awards recognizing the outstanding contributions to our cause from key individuals across different sectors of our partnership. This year’s Champions for Change are:
Your Way Home, the public-private partnership dedicated to ending homelessness in Montgomery County, formally launched in January 2014. Prior to its inception, homelessness was on the rise in the County. The organization attributes it’s 37 percent decrease in homelessness to implementing strategic organizational changes made to embrace a “housing first” approach to ending homelessness. The Housing First approach helps individuals find or maintain permanent housing with stability and then connects them with the community, health, human, and financial services they need to prevent future experiences of homelessness. Through these actions, homeless services are targeted to residents with the highest level of need. Individuals living in unstable housing situations are offered a service called Housing Counseling, which provides light-touch case management and problem-solving solutions to help residents avoid entering an emergency shelter.
Contact: Blair Dawson, Community Relations Manager, Your Way Home