The Homeless Task Force is a sub committee of the Jackson County Continuum of Care.
To reduce the numbers, mitigate the impact and improve outcomes for people who experience homelessness in Jackson County.
The Homeless Task Force meets monthly to provide an opportunity for agencies to check in with each other, to share information and resources, to work together on public events that educate the community about homelessness and to bring as many financial resources to this area as possible. The Homeless Task Force has active subcommittees that welcome community participation:
Core Group (planning the agenda and focus of the HTF),
Project Homeless Connect,
The Homeless Task Force assists the Continuum of Care by bringing together nonprofit service community members and the public which helps to identify and bring current needs forward.
The work of the Homeless Task Force has the support of government leaders in Jackson County. Jackson County Commissioners have passed a resolution to create a ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness in the county. The strategy for this ten-year plan will be developed in conjunction with the Consortium and the Homeless Task Force and will include a strong public education component.
The Jackson County Homeless Task Force has identified “Increasing community awareness of homelessness” as an ongoing goal. Community awareness of the lives and personal circumstances of the local homeless population is vital to the ongoing work of the Homeless Task Force, because:
- Educating people of a need in a community increases philanthropic giving, which is necessary for the success of many other projects.
- An informed population is more likely to respond favorably to government-sponsored initiatives such as the Jackson County Commissioners’ ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness.
- This informed population is more likely to encourage local government officials to seek additional programs that work to end homelessness in the county.
- Creating a community able to see those living homeless as fellow citizens lowers the possibility of confrontation and friction.