Homelessness Policy Advisory Committee
Final HPAC Recommendations
Open House November 2019
The purpose of the Homelessness Policy Advisory Committee (HPAC) was to provide a forum for the coordination of information among local citizens and stakeholders to seek thoughtful, effective, and lasting solutions to the City’s homelessness crisis, and to facilitate assistance for unsheltered persons in the Monroe community. The HPAC was tasked to provide the Mayor and City Council with nonbinding advice and recommendations regarding issues related to homelessness.
The HPAC consisted of the members listed below, representing a cross section of local residents, businesses, faith communities, service providers, and the City of Monroe. Members were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Upon delivery of its final recommendations, the HPAC was disbanded as it had fulfilled responsibilities and functions.
The following were the Advisory Committee members:
|Jason Gamble (ex-officio)|
|Phil Spirito (ex-officio)|
The HPAC was an ad hoc advisory body established by Resolution No. 001/2019, approved by the Monroe City Council on January 22, 2019. The HPAC served in a purely recommendatory, as-requested, capacity. Nothing in its establishment was to be construed as requiring the City Council to solicit, accept, and/or follow any recommendation(s) proposed by the HPAC as a prerequisite for any City Council action.
Responsibilities and Functions
As requested by the Mayor and the City Council, the HPAC:
• Provided nonbinding advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in the formulation, monitoring, implementation, and review of the City’s homelessness programs and policies.
In recognition of the important role that other organizations and agencies play in addressing the needs of homeless persons and issues related thereto, the HPAC considered and made recommendations concerning potential partnerships between the City and such organizations to ensure appropriate collaboration, maximized efficiencies, and coordinated efforts and resources.
Obligations of Members
In performing their duties, HPAC members were charged to:
• Act honestly and in good faith;
• Participate in the work of the HPAC; and
• Perform their duties in a manner ensuring that the public trust in the integrity, objectivity, and impartiality of the HPAC was preserved and enhanced.
Meetings and Minutes
The HPAC met regularly at 6:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month in the City Council Chambers of Monroe City Hall; other meetings of the HPAC were scheduled as needed.
All meetings of the HPAC were open to the public and complied with Chapter 42.30 RCW, the Open Public Meetings Act, to the extent required by law. A quorum for purposes of any meeting was the number of HPAC members who represented a simple majority of all members.
HPAC meeting minutes were approved at the beginning of each meeting and are available on the City’s website.
Members of the HPAC served without compensation.