What is the extent of homelessness in Chelan and Douglas Counties?
Homelessness has risen to a crisis across the western United States over the past decade. Chelan and Douglas counties are no exception. Over the past six years the number of homeless individuals has risen. In 2018, there was a spike as 478 households were found to be homeless.
What is the Point-In-Time Count of Homelessness?
Each year localities across the country organize a Point-In-Time Count of homelessness to assess how many households are homeless. These numbers help inform policy-makers at the federal and state levels as they allocate funds to assist communities in combating homelessness. Having an accurate count is the key to ensuring that the right amount of resources are distributed to the community.
What happens in Chelan/Douglas Counties?
The City of Wenatchee, in partnership with a number of social service organizations, will be engaging in extensive street outreach to connect with families experiencing homelessness. On January 24th, teams will walk the streets, distributing hot drinks and donations as well as surveying people sheltering outside.
That afternoon, providers will offer a community meal and donations of supplies and warm clothing at the Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan from 12 PM - 4 PM. Surveys will also be offered to attendees, but the event is open to the public, with a special invitation to any household experiencing housing instability.
How can residents of Chelan and Douglas counties get involved?
Please Consider Donating Needed Items
- Hooded sweatshirts
- Winter jackets
- Wet wipes
- Dry shampoo
- Hand sanitizer
- Feminine hygiene products
Where are donations dropped off?
Donations can be dropped off at:
Women’s Resource Center: 202 Palouse St., Wenatchee, WA (9 AM – 4 PM)
Catholic Charities: 145 South Worthen St., Wenatchee, WA (8 AM – 5 PM)