Vancouver to hire leader for homeless response

first_imgVancouver is hiring a homeless resource manager to oversee the city’s response to homelessness.This newly created full-time position will be under the direction of the city manager’s office and pay between $93,765 and $121,884 annually. It’s paid for through the general fund and is a two-year position that could possibly be extended.According to the job description, the homeless resource manager will lead efforts to combat the impacts of homelessness by working with community partners, stakeholders, members of the public and government officials; adopt plans, strategies and best practices for enhancing homeless response systems; and be the city’s policy and technical expert and primary point of contact for the homeless response system.“It’s going to be an amazing opportunity for someone to do all this stuff that’s designed to make our community better,” said Peggy Sheehan, the city’s community development programs manager.She said the idea for the position and a larger Homeless Assistance Response Team came out of a conference held last year in Long Beach, Calif., about police response to homelessness. The conference discussed how a city’s response to homelessness requires more than police officers; it’s a multifaceted, multidepartment issue. For now, the homeless resource manager is the only position the city is hiring.Cities around the country, including Seattle, Portland and Detroit, have hired similar individuals or teams tasked with addressing homelessness, which Sheehan described as a current “best practice.”last_img

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