2017 Work Plan

Who we are
The  Interfaith Task Force on Homelessness (ITFH) is composed of individuals representing religious congregations, religious and secular organizations which work toward preventing and ending homelessness.  Most of our membership spans much of the religious community, including Christian, Unitarian, Jewish, and Muslim.   We reach out to all sectors of the faith community to join us in action and to support us morally and financially. More than this, we work as colleagues with all who seek to alleviate the harm of homelessness.
Our mission
The ITFH works to create the political will to end homelessness.  We are organized by four principles:
· Because housing is a basic human right, being homeless (and/or unsheltered) is not criminal, and its continuing existence is an offense to what is moral in a civil society.
· Homelessness for those unsheltered and for those in interim housing is a major barrier to achieving social and economic justice and is harmful to the well-being of those so afflicted.
· Embedded in the sacred scriptures of all the world's religions is the moral mandate to act individually and in partnership with others to end homelessness.
· Homelessness can and must be ended through a range of efforts that provide either Housing Tonight or a safe permanent place to live, accompanied by programs of sustained support and as necessary pathways that promote work and foster self-sufficiency.



Primary Work

1.         Organizing and Direct Service

Hold a Political Will XVI (PW16) Conference(s). Consider multiple evening events.
Build partnerships throughout King County religiously, economically, and racially.
Build relationships that intentionally connect congregations (to include each ITFH member’s), setting standards for demonstrable results; specifically for direct service, rotating congregational shelters (C4H, ARISE, REACH, HOME), vehicle camps, tent cities, drop-in centers, winter shelters, overnight shelters.
For organizing, by area, University District, Ballard/Crown Hill, Lake City, North King County, Snohomish County, East King proximate to Lake WA, far East King, South King County, West Seattle, Community Christian Leadership Coalition/APRI, Faith Action Network, The Church Council of Greater Seattle, Eastside Interfaith SCC, REACH, KentHOPE and others that develop.
Advance wider volunteer Street Outreach, in partnership with Coordinated Entry for All, with others, to include regional outreach worker coalitions; Advance Road to Housing initiatives; Continue Scofflaw assistance and work to amend the Scofflaw ordinance; Small house efforts; partner with Operation Nightwatch and The Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy to expand street outreach efforts .
Snohomish County Homeless Policy Task Force, co-facilitating, and restoring grassroots efforts in light of Continuum of Care changes.
Form partnership with Path With Art and adjacently the Seattle Symphony on efforts to end homelessness, address trauma, and foster exits from homelessness.
Advance efforts to establish Homeless Courts, and/or other legal harm reduction efforts. Prepare with partners to join legal efforts via the Courts. 

2.         Education 

Maintain a current and an educationally interactive website; Use ITFH media from PW events; Engage media in conversations toward building the political will to end homelessness; Maintain Facebook page; include Glossary on web page; support education efforts covering root issues, to include wealth inequality and revenue needs.
Advance use of curriculums by congregations: with Operation Nightwatch, The Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy, expand Companionship Training efforts; Affirming Charity, Compassion, and Justice.
Toolkit development for legal issues facing vehicle residents. Advance use of recent films and links addressing unsheltered homelessness. Goal is both systemic and personal education on homelessness.
 Sustain the weekly ITFH E-Update.

3.        Advocacy

 Serve on the All Home Single & Veterans Advisory Group, the All Home Policy Committee; guide establishing and leading the All Home Vehicle Residency Group, be represented at the South County Homelessness Forum, Northshore network, and Eastside Homelessness Advisory Committee (EHAC), Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger, Lake City Taskforce on Homelessness, co-convene Snohomish County Homeless Policy Task Force, co-convene University District Conversation on Homelessness, assist the Real Change Advocacy Project.
Alert and educate ITFH partners about key legislative issues in government, to include state, federal, and municipal issues. Included is advocacy as part of the “organizing effort” (second bullet in section 1.). Repeat efforts to pass Statewide legislation on faith uses; separately, legislation on amending the tabs RCW. 
Advocate for adequate permanent housing and supportive services, to include Housing Tonight, existing and new shelters, daily winter seasonal shelters, peer-based provider models, vehicle camps, and other efforts to provide safety for the unsheltered by region countywide.
Set quarterly priorities and review on homelessness and poverty issues.  Support all efforts within State of Emergency declared in Seattle and in King County.
Provide training and tools to members and other partners to initiate and improve advocacy skills.
Work with Seattle University’s Homeless Rights Advocacy Project and the Washington Anti-Homeless Criminalization Campaign on legal rights and law issues that criminalize the homeless; amend Scofflaw.
Participate in regional and statewide efforts via Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Housing Development Consortium, and Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County.  Support the work of the Seattle Displacement Coalition regarding upzones, displacement, and other related issues that remove low-income affordable housing.

4.  Secondary Work
Perform a quarterly review internally on homelessness and poverty issues identified as priorities by the ITFH.

Hold monthly general meetings on the third Wednesday, unless otherwise determined; report monthly on progress toward the goal of ending homelessness to members and partners.
Maintain regular communication with St. Luke’s Lutheran, and coordinate work with their efforts to end homelessness and promote low-income housing.aph here.

Work with us to alleviate the harm of unsheltered homelessness




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Mail checks made out to "ITFH" to


3030 Bellevue Way NE,

Bellevue WA 98004


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Along the way,

we've gotten


In 2013 the Seattle Human Services Coalition awarded the Scofflaw Mitigation Project with its Innovative Program Award. The SMP included at that time Jean Darsie and Bill Kirlin-Hackett.

In 2009 the Seattle Human Services Coalition awarded the Excellence in Advocacy Award to the ITFH Director, The Rev. Bill Kirlin-Hackett.