The Interagency Council is the oversight body of the CEHKC that works to sponsor changes to current programs and systems; coordinate data collection, analysis and reporting; recommend policy direction to the Governing Board; and create ways to better serve people experiencing homelessness.
Members of the IAC are typically directors of large organizations and systems that are critical to ending homelessness, and include King County, human service directors and city managers for the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Tukwila, Kent and Kirkland; the directors of county corrections and public health; faith leaders; housing developers; service providers; and other community leaders. Two individuals who have experienced homelessness are also serving on the Interagency Council. These agencies, institutions, and individuals are vital to creating changes in current programs and moving local institutions forward in support of the ten-year plan.
The Interagency Council was created as one piece of a three-part governance structure approved by the Committee to End Homelessness King County and charged with a key leadership role in the implementation of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
- Develop and recommend policy to the Governing Board that will further the goals and objectives of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Upon direction from the Governing Board, incorporate selected policies and strategies within departments, programs and service areas over which the IAC member may have jurisdiction to assure the successful implementation of the Ten Year Plan
- Educate and influence policy makers and advocate for system reform and increased resources at the local, state and federal levels in support the Ten-Year Plan
- Identify opportunities to coordinate countywide strategies and funding to end homelessness, especially linkages between housing and services, and collaborate on grant opportunities as appropriate
- Encourage and sustain partnerships through incentives and targeted funding opportunities and review grant application and funding recommendations for consistency with the Ten-Year Plan
- Oversee coordination and development of annual work plans for the Governing Board's approval
- Establish subcommittees to assist with implementing the IAC's responsibilities and review and approve work program for each subcommittee
- Coordinate data collection, analysis and reporting