The Shelter Providers Network, established in 1989, is comprised of local agencies, churches, and individuals that provide housing and supportive services to homeless individuals and families and at-risk households. The network meets monthly, identifying gaps in services to the homeless, developing strategies to meet those gaps, and reporting on changes in services provided by respective agencies and churches. Once a year, the Shelter Providers Network holds a public forum to identify housing priorities for the coming year. The network also participates in a yearly point-in-time count of the homeless in Clallam County. The Shelter Providers Network developed a blueprint for a ten-year plan to end homelessness in Clallam County (2005-2015), which was approved by the county commissioners in December 2005 and will be monitored by this group. Serenity House serves as lead agency for the network.
Participants in the Shelter Provider Network include:
- emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing providers
- mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence agencies
- church groups
- Native American tribes
- other social and health care service providers
- criminal justice and law enforcement agencies