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Help for the homeless in our community is now much closer.

According to the latest Point-in-Time Count, little progress has been made on the ground in overcoming this cruel crisis, with the number of homeless people increasing by almost 17% compared to last year.

But all hope is not lost. Since Wednesday morning, the Chelan-Douglas Homeless Housing Network – a central service provider for people without permanent accommodation –
is in operation in downtown Wenatchee.

The Homeless Housing Network is located on the ground floor of Link Transit’s Columbia Station (300 S. Columbia St.) and is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to a press release, it “employs three Chelan County employees who are responsible for helping people in Chelan and Douglas counties access the services for which they are eligible.”

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“The Homeless Housing Network can be reached by phone at 509-436-9086 or by filling out an online form. “When people call the phone number, a staff member will help them fill out the form.”

“Staff then assesses which programs people are eligible for based on their specific situation; staff refer them” to participating agencies. These include Chelan Valley Hope, the Community Action Council and the Wenatchee Valley YWCA, among others.

“When someone fills out an application online, they should expect to receive a call back from a staff member within one business day… (The staff) will not only answer calls about the program, but will also speak to anyone who needs help and comes to the office’s large, open counter.”

The location of the Homeless Housing Network is strategic and not a coincidence, says program manager Sasha Sleiman.

“It was important for us to be close to public transit to better reach people where they are,” says Sleiman. “We are grateful that Link Transit recognized our vision and hosted us at Columbia Station. This would not have been possible without them.”

Click here for more detailed information on local housing services.

Click here for help with the Homeless Housing Network application process.

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